How to Start a Knitting Row

If you’re new to knitting, you might be wondering how to start a new row. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do it so you can get started on your next project.

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Choose the right yarn

Choosing the right yarn is one of the most important steps in starting a successful knitting row. Not all yarns are created equal, and each type of yarn has different properties that can affect your knitting. For example, some yarns are much stronger than others, while others are more flexible. You’ll also want to consider the weight of the yarn, as this will affect how your knitting looks and feels. Ultimately, it’s important to choose a yarn that you feel comfortable working with and that meets your project’s needs.

Choose the right needles

There are many different kinds of knitting needles available on the market, so it can be tricky to choose the right ones for your project. In general, you will want to choose needles that are made from a smooth, strong material like bamboo or metal. Avoid plastic needles, as they can be more difficult to work with.

Once you have chosen the material for your needles, you will need to decide on the size. The size of your needles will determine the gauge of your stitches, so it is important to choose a size that is appropriate for your project. If you are not sure which size to use, consult a knitting pattern or ask a friend who is a experienced knitter.

Once you have the right materials and sizing figured out, you’re ready to start your row!

Cast on

There are many ways to cast on, but the long-tail method is one of the most common. You’ll need a knitting needle and some yarn. Start by making a slip knot, then hold the needle in your right hand and the tail of the yarn in your left. Insert the needle into the loop of yarn on your left thumb, then wrap the yarn around the needle ( clockwise if you’re right-handed, counterclockwise if you’re left-handed). Pull the needle through the loop on your thumb, then slip the resulting loop off your thumb and onto the needle. You’ve now made one stitch! Continue until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

Knit

To knit a row, start by slipping the right-hand needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle from front to back. Then, wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle clockwise and pull it through the stitch (there should now be two loops on the right-hand needle). Put the left-hand needle into the front of the second stitch on the left- hand needle and repeat these steps until you have reached the end of the row. To finish, simply turn your work so that the needles are once again in your left hand and begin again with step one.

Purl

Purl is a basic knitting stitch. To purl, insert the right needle into the front of the first stitch on the left needle from right to left. Then, wrap the yarn around the right needle (counterclockwise), and draw the wrapped yarn through the stitch on the left needle (now there are two loops on the right needle). Finally, drop the old stitch off of the left needle (one loop remains on the right needle).

Increase

If you want to add stitches to your knitting, you will need to make an increase. There are many different ways to do this, but the two most common are make 1 (M1) and liftbar.

To make 1 (M1), simply lift the bar between the last stitch you knit and the first stitch on the left needle with the left needle. knit into the back of this loop. You have now increased by one stitch!

If you want to do a liftbar increase, first work a knit stitch as usual. Then, with the tip of your left needle, lift the horizontal strand between the last stitch you knit and the next stitch on the right needle. Place this strand onto your left needle and knit it through the back loop. You have now increased by one stitch!

Decrease

If you’re new to knitting, you may be wondering how to start a new row. The easiest way is to simply turn your work so that the needle with the unworked stitches is now in your left hand, and you can begin knitting as usual. However, this method creates a jog in your work where the two rows don’t line up perfectly. If you want to avoid this jog, you can use what’s called a decreases at the beginning of the row.

There are a few different ways to create a decrease, but the most common is to slip one stitch knitwise, knit two together, and then pass the slipped stitch over the top of the stitch you just knit together. This will decrease your stitch count by one and also help line up your rows so there’s no jog.

Bind off

Binding off is a way of finishing a row of knitting so that the live stitches can be removed from the needle. This is usually done when you’ve reached the end of a project, or when you need to start a new row on a different needle (for example, when you’re changing needle sizes).

To bind off, start by knitting the first 2 stitches of the row as normal. Then, use the left needle to lift the first stitch over the second stitch and off the needle. You’ve now bound off 1 stitch.

Next, knit the next stitch as normal. Use the left needle to lift the previous stitch (the one you just knit) over this stitch and off the needle. You’ve now bound off 2 stitches.

Repeat these steps until you have only 1 stitch left on your right needle. This last stitch can now be cut from the yarn and pulled through to secure it.

Weave in ends

Weaving in the ends is an important part of finishing a knitting project. It ensures that your work will be secure and that all of the loose ends are hidden. You will need a tapestry needle and a crochet hook for this task.

1. Thread the tapestry needle with the yarn tail.
2. Insert the needle under two strands of yarn on the wrong side of the fabric.
3. Pull the yarn through to the right side of the fabric.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have reached the end of the yarn tail.
5. Cut the yarn, leaving a 3-4 inch tail.
6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each yarn tail you need to weave in.

Block

One of the great things about knitting is that you can easily make your own blocks to customize your projects. You can make a simple block by casting on a few stitches and then binding them off when you’re finished. You can also make more intricate blocks by following a pattern.

If you’re just starting out, you may want to practice with a simple block before moving on to more complicated patterns. To make a basic block, cast on four stitches using the long-tail method. Then, knit two rows. To bind off, cut the yarn, leaving a tail that is about six inches long. Thread the tail through the two remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in the ends and your block is complete!

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