How to start a knitting row? It’s easy! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way in no time.
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Introduction: Why Knit?
Knitting is a traditional craft that has been around for centuries. It is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn or thread. Knitting can be done by hand or by machine, and it can be used to create a wide variety of items such as clothing, blankets,Scarves hats, and more.
The Basics: What You Need to Get Started
Assuming you already know how to hold the needles and yarn, and you can make the basic stitches (knit and purl), there are just a few more things to learn before you can start knitting your first row. In this article, we’ll cover:
– Casting on
– Knitting your first row
Casting on is the process of creating the first set of stitches on your needle. There are many different methods of casting on, but the long-tail method is a good one to start with. This video will show you how to do it:
Once you’ve cast on, it’s time to join your yarn. You’ll need to do this if you’re using a new ball of yarn or if you’re making a color change in your project. To join yarn, simply tie the new yarn around the working yarn, making sure that the knot is close to the needles:
Now you’re ready to knit your first row! Be sure to hold your needles in the correct position (usually with the left needle in your left hand and the right needle in your right hand) and knit each stitch until you’ve reached the end of the row. Then turn your work so that you can start knitting the next row. You can watch a video tutorial on how to do this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_R1UDsNOMk
The First Row: How to Cast On
Assuming you have chosen your project and gathered the necessary materials, you are ready to start knitting! This guide will teach you how to cast on, which is the first step in starting any knitting project.
Casting on is the process of creating the foundation stitches of your project. There are many different ways to cast on, but we will focus on the two most common: the long-tail cast on and the knitted cast on.
The long-tail cast on is a versatile and sturdy method that is well suited for most projects. To start, make a slip knot about 6 inches from the end of your yarn (A). Then, hold the needle in your right hand and make a loop around your left thumb (B). Next, use your left index finger to bring the working yarn (the end attached to the skein) over the top of the needle (C). Now, insert the needle through the loop around your thumb (D), and then pull it through until you have a new loop on your needle (E). Finally, slide this new loop off your thumb and tighten it slightly (F). Congratulations, you have made your first stitch!
Repeat this process until you have cast on the desired number of stitches. To finish, cut the yarn, leaving a tail about 6 inches long, and pull it through the last loop on your needle. Now you are ready to start knitting!
The Second Row: How to Knit
Now that you’ve completed the first row, it’s time to start the second. If you’re a right-handed knitter, you’ll hold the yarn in your right hand and the knitting needle with the stitches in your left hand. If you’re left-handed, reverse these directions.
With the yarn in your right hand, insert the needle into the first stitch on the left needle from front to back. You’ll now have two loops of yarn on your right-hand needle.
Wrap the yarn around your right-hand needle from back to front. Now you have three loops on your right-hand needle.
Draw the yarn through all three loops on the needle, and then slide the resulting stitch off of the left-hand needle. You have now completed one knit stitch, and one stitch remains on your right-hand needle.
The Third Row: How to Purl
The third and final row in our simple stocking stitch pattern is a purl row. This means that instead of knitting every stitch, we purl every stitch.
To purl, hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle from back to front. Now wrap the yarn around the right needle (counter clockwise), and bring it back through the stitch (still on the left needle). Slide the old stitch off the left needle, and you’ve made one new purl stitch! Continue until you’ve purled every stitch on the row.
Increasing Your Stitches
If you’re just starting out, you may be wondering how to start a knitting row. The good news is that it’s actually quite easy to do. All you need to do is increase the number of stitches in your knitting.
To do this, simply use a larger needle or add additional yarn to your work. You can also create new stitches by making loops with your yarn.
Once you’ve increased the number of stitches in your knitting, you’ll be able to continue working on your project without any trouble.
Decreasing Your Stitches
As you knit, you will occasionally need to decrease the number of stitches on your needle. This is typically done when shaping a garment or when working a pattern that includes decreases. To do this, simply use one of the following methods:
-knit two stitches together (k2tog): This is the most basic form of decrease, and it simply involves knitting two stitches together as if they were one stitch.
-slip, slip, knit (ssk): This is a left-leaning decrease that is worked by slipping two stitches knitwise onto your right needle, then inserting your left needle into the front loops of those slipped stitches and knitting them together.
-pass slipped stitch over (psso): This is a right-leaning decrease that involves slipping a stitch knitwise onto your right needle, then passing the next stitch over it before dropping both stitches off the needle.
Joining New Pieces of Yarn
One way to join new pieces of yarn is to tie a knot in the end of the yarn, then thread the needle with the working yarn and continue as usual. Another way is to leave a long tail (6 inches or more) when you finish with one piece of yarn, then thread the needle with the new piece of yarn and work a few stitches with it, going over the tail of the old piece of yarn. Once you have worked a few stitches, you can gently pull on the tail of the old piece of yarn until it tightens against the new piece and secure.
Finishing Your Knitting
Most likely, you will finish your knitting by working a right-side row until you have only one loop left on your needle (this is called the “stitch” or the “live” stitch). To do this, work all the stitches as usual until you come to the last stitch. Then, insert the right needle purl-wise into the back loop of the last stitch on the left needle (as shown in the photo). With the yarn in front, slip this stitch off of the left needle (as if you were purling it) and let it fall onto your right needle. You have now completed one row.
If you’re looking for ways to add interest to your knitting, there are many advanced techniques you can try. These techniques can add texture, color, or just make your knitting more interesting to look at. You may want to practice on a small project before you try them on something larger.
Cables are created by crossing one group of stitches over another. This creates a twist in the fabric that can be very striking. Cables can be worked over a few stitches or many, and they can be combined with other stitch patterns to create even more interest.
To work a cable, you will need a cable needle. This is a short, blunt needle that is used to hold stitches while you work the others. There are different sizes of cable needles available, so choose one that is comfortable for you to work with.
You will also need to know how to knit and purl before you can work cables. The basic cable stitch is made by knitting the stitches from the front needle and then purling the same number of stitches from the back needle. To make a left-leaning cable, knit the first stitch from the front needle onto the cable needle and hold it in front of your work. Then knit the next stitch from the front needle as usual. Next, purl the stitch from the cable needle and then purl the next stitch from the back needle as usual. This will twist the two stitches around each other. Repeat this process until all of the stitches have been worked.