How to Knit for Beginners: Step-By-Step With Pictures is a great resource for those wanting to learn how to knit. It provides clear instructions and pictures to help you along the way.
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This guide will show you how to knit for beginners, step-by-step with pictures. You will learn everything you need to know to start knitting, including the basics of choosing yarn and needles, casting on, the knit stitch, and binding off.
What You Will Need
Before you start, you will need to gather a few supplies. You will need:
-a skein of worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice
-a pair of size 8 US knitting needles
-a blunt darning needle
-an optional stitch marker
There are a lot of different ways to knit, but in this guide we’re going to start with the most basic: the knit stitch. If you can master this stitch, you can knit anything from a simple dishcloth to a cozy blanket. So let’s get started!
Casting on is the first step in knitting, and it’s how you create your initial stitches. There are a few different ways to cast on, but the long-tail method is one of the most popular because it’s relatively easy to learn. Once you’ve mastered the long-tail cast on, you’ll be well on your way to finishing your first knitting project!
The Knit Stitch
The knit stitch (often abbreviated as “knit” or “k”) is the most basic stitch in all of knitting. To knit, insert your right needle into the front of the next stitch on the left needle (as shown in the first photo below), and then wrap your yarn around the right needle. Using your right needle, pull the wrapped yarn through the stitch on the left needle (second photo). Now you’ve made one new stitch – slide that stitch off of the left needle (third photo) and you’re ready to knit the next stitch.
The Purl Stitch
To create the purl stitch, start with the knit stitch. Instead of inserting the needle from back to front, as you did for the knit stitch, insert it from front to back. The thread will now be wrapped around the needle in the opposite direction.
Binding off is the process of finishing a row of knitting by creating a neat edge. It is also sometimes called casting off. To bind off, you will need to knit two stitches, then pass the first stitch over the second stitch and off the needle. You will then have one stitch remaining on your needle. Continue in this way until you have only one stitch left on your needle, then cut your yarn and pull it through the last stitch to secure it.
Increasing and Decreasing
Whether you’re increasing or decreasing the number of stitches in a row, the process is essentially the same. You’ll just need to use a different type of stitch — either an “increase stitch” or a “decrease stitch.”
To increase the number of stitches in a row, you’ll need to make what’s called a “yo-yo.” To do this, simply wrap the yarn around the needle once, then complete the stitch as usual. This will add an extra loop to the needle, which will become one additional stitch in the next row.
To decrease the number of stitches in a row, you can use either a knit 2 together (k2tog) or a purl 2 together (p2tog) stitch. These both involve knitting or purling two stitches together as if they were one — which will eliminate one stitch from the total count.
Finishing Your Project
Once you have completed the body of your project, it is time to finish it off so you can wear or use it! Here are the steps you need to take to finish your project:
1. Cast off. This will secure your stitches so they don’t unravel. To do this, knit two stitches, then use your left needle to lift the first stitch over the second and off the needle. You have now cast off one stitch. Repeat this until you have only one stitch left on your needle. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail about 6 inches long, and pull the tail through the last stitch to secure it.
2. Weave in ends. You will likely have several yarn tails when you finish knitting, from starting your project and from adding new balls of yarn as you ran out of the old ones. These yarn tails need to be woven in so they don’t come undone and ruin your project. To do this, thread a tapestry needle with the yarn tail and weave it in and out of the stitches on the wrong side of your work (the side that will be hidden when you wear or use the finished piece). Be sure to weave in ends securely so they don’t come undone later!
3. Block your item. Blocking is optional but recommended, especially for garments like sweaters that need to retain their shape after being worn or used. To block an item, simply wet it lightly with water (use a spray bottle for best results) and then shape it how you want it to look when it dries. You can pin it in place if needed, then let it air dry completely before taking it off the blocking surface.
If your tension is too loose, your knitting will have an overall fluffy look and feel, and your stitches may appear larger than they should. If your tension is too tight, your knitting will have a stiffer feel and your stitches will appear smaller than they should. If you’re not happy with the way your knitting looks or feels, don’t worry! You can easily adjust your tension byPracticing with different weights of yarn until you find one that you’re comfortable with
– trying a different needle size
– loosening or tightening your grip on the needles
– using a different type of needle (metal, bamboo, plastic, etc.)
– Relax! Tension is often more of a mental issue than a physical one. The more you knit, the more comfortable you’ll become with adjusting your tension to suit both your needs and the needs of the project you’re working on.