How to Knit a Dinosaur

This fun and easy tutorial will show you how to knit a dinosaur! You’ll need some basic knitting supplies and a little bit of patience, but anyone can do it with this step-by-step guide.

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Introduction

Knitting is a great way to relax and express your creativity. And what could be more fun than knitting a dinosaur? In this guide, we’ll show you how to knit a simple dinosaur using basic knitting techniques.

What You Will Need

In order to knit a dinosaur, you will need the following materials:

-A pair of size 10 knitting needles
-1 skein of worsted weight yarn in green
-1 skein of worsted weight yarn in brown
-Small amount of black yarn for eyes
-Yarn needle
-Scissors

Casting On

Before you can start knitting, you need to get the yarn onto your needles. This is called “casting on” and there are many different ways to do it. The method you use will depend on the type of project you are working on and your personal preference. You may want to try out a few different methods before you decide which one is right for you.

The most important thing to remember when you are casting on is to not make your stitches too tight. If your stitches are too tight, it will be difficult to knit them and your finished project will be very stiff. Make sure that each stitch is the same size as the others, so that your knitting is even.

Once you have cast on, you are ready to start knitting!

The Knit Stitch

The knit stitch is the most basic of all stitches and is accomplished by simply inserting the needle into the front loop of the next stitch from left to right and then yarn over and pull through both loops on the needle.

The Purl Stitch

The purl stitch is one of the most basic stitches in knitting, and is often one of the first stitches learned by new knitters. This stitch is worked by holding the yarn in front of the needle and inserting the needle into the next stitch as if to purl, but instead wrapping the yarn around the needle from back to front before drawing it through the stitch (hence the “purl” name). As with all knitting stitches, the tension of your yarn will affect the appearance of your stitches, so be sure to practice with different weights and types of yarn until you find a tension that you like.

Increasing and Decreasing

In order to make your dinosaurs fit together nicely, you’ll need to be able to increase and decrease the number of stitches on your needles. To do this, you can use the knit and purl stitches that you learned in the last section.

For example, if you want to increase the number of stitches by one, you can simply knit into the front and back of the next stitch on your left needle. This will create two stitches where there was only one before, and thus increase the total number of stitches on your needles by one.

If you want to decrease the number of stitches by one, you can purl two stitches together. This will combine two stitches into one, and thus decrease the total number of stitches on your needles by one.

You can also increase or decrease the number of stitches on your needles by more than one at a time. For example, if you want to increase by two stitches, you can knit into the front and back of each of the next two stitches on your left needle. This will create four stitches where there were only two before, and thus increase the total number of stitches on your needles by two.

If you want to decrease by two stitches, you can purl three stitches together. This will combine three stitches into one, and thus decrease the total number of stitches on your needles by two.

Finishing Your Dinosaur

Now that you have your basic dinosaur shape complete, it’s time to add some finishing details. Knit two small balls for eyes and embroider a mouth with black yarn. You can also add spikes down the back by knitting additional rows of increasing length, then sewing them in place. Finally, stuff your dinosaur lightly with fiberfill and enjoy!

Knitting Tips and Tricks

If you’re new to knitting, or just want to brush up on your skills, here are some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Getting started:
– Choose the right yarn. For a beginners project, look for a medium weight yarn in a solid color. Avoid anything with too much texture or that is very slippery.
– Choose the right needles. For a beginners project, use either straight needles or circular needles that are about 8 inches long. Avoid very long or very short needles, as well as those made of metal (they can be slippery and hard to control).
– Cast on loosely. This will make it easier to knit the first row and avoid having your stitches be too tight.
– Don’t pull your stitches too tight. This can make your knitting very difficult to work with and can cause the fabric to pucker.

Basic stitches:
– The knit stitch is the most basic stitch and is usually worked on the right side of the fabric. To work a knit stitch, insert the needle into the next stitch as if you were going to purl it, then wrap the yarn around the needle (as if you were going to knit it) and pull through both loops on the needle.
– The purl stitch is similar to the knit stitch, but is worked on the wrong side of the fabric. To work a purl stitch, insert the needle into the next stitch as if you were going to knit it, then wrap the yarn around the needle (as if you were going to purl it) and pull through both loops on the needle.
– The slip stitch is a very simple stitch that is often used for edging or joining pieces of knitting together. To work a slip stitch, insert your needle into the next stitch as if you were going to knit it (or purl it), then slip that stitch off of your needle without working it further. You will now have one less stitch on your needle than you started with.

Common Knitting Mistakes

There are a few common knitting mistakes that can really ruin your project. Here are some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. Not using the right size needles: This is probably the most common mistake. Make sure you check the pattern to see what size needles are required. If you use needles that are too small, your project will be very tight and difficult to knit. If you use needles that are too big, your project will be loose and saggy.

2. Not swatching: Swatching is when you knit a small sample of your pattern to see if the gauge (number of stitches per inch) is correct. It’s very important to do this before starting your project because if your gauge is off, your final project will not be the right size.

3. Not following the pattern: This one seems obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of knitting and forget to follow the pattern. Make sure you take your time and read each row carefully before starting to knit.

4. Using the wrong yarn: Another common mistake is using a yarn that is not specified in the pattern. Different yarns can produce very different results, so it’s important to use the yarn specified in the pattern. If you’re not sure what type of yarn to use, ask someone at your local yarn shop for help.

5. Dropping stitches: This happens when a stitch falls off your needle while you’re knitting. If this happens, don’t panic! Just put the stitch back on your needle and keep knitting.

6. Tinking: Tinking is when you undo your knitting one stitch at a time. This can be helpful if you make a mistake and need to fix it without ripping out all of your work. However, tinking can be tricky and if done incorrectly can result in dropped stitches (see above). If you’re not confident in your tinking skills, it’s best to rip out the entire row and start over again.

Knitting Resources

The internet is a fantastic resources for knitters of all levels of experience. Here are just a few of the many websites where you can find knitting patterns, tips, and tutorials:

-knitpicks.com
-knitty.com
-purlsoho.com
-lionbrand.com
-berroco.com

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