So you want to learn how to knit? This comprehensive guide will teach you everything you need to know to get started, from the basics of holding your needles to more advanced techniques.
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Introduction to knitting
Knitting is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s also a great way to create unique and personal gifts for friends and family. If you’re new to knitting, this guide will help you get started.
Before you start knitting, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. You’ll need yarn, needles, and pattern instructions (if you’re using a pattern). Once you have your supplies, you’re ready to start knitting!
There are two basic types ofknit stitches: purl and knit. The difference between these two stitches is which side of the fabric faces up. Purl stitches create a bumpier fabric, while knit stitches create a smoother fabric. To create purl stitches, hold the needle with the stitch in front of the work; to create knit stitches, hold the needle with the stitch behind the work.
To begin knitting, make a slip knot on one needle. This will be your starting point. Then, insert the other needle through the loop of yarn (from front to back if you’re right-handed; from back to front if you’re left-handed). Wrap the yarn around the needle (clockwise if you’re right-handed; counter-clockwise if you’re left-handed), and then pull the yarn through the loop on the needle (from back to front if you’re right-handed; from front to back if you’re left-handed). You’ve now created your first stitch! Continue until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.
Now that you’ve cast on (created your starting row of stitches), it’s time to start knitting! To do this, simply insert your needle into the first stitch on the left hand needle (from front to back if you’re right-handed; from back to front if you’re left-handed). Wrap the yarn around your needle (counter-clockwise if you’re right-handed; clockwise if you’re left-handed), and then pull the yarn through the stitch (from back to front if you’re right-handed; from
The basics of knitting
If you’re new to knitting, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. But don’t worry! We’re here to help. This guide will teach you the basics of knitting, from how to hold your yarn and needles to how to make your first stitches. Soon you’ll be on your way to creating beautiful handmade items.
First, let’s start with the basics of what you’ll need:
-Yarn: You can use any type of yarn for knitting, but we recommend starting with a medium weight yarn in a light color. This will make it easier to see your stitches as you knit.
-Needles: For beginners, we recommend starting with size 8 US knitting needles. Once you get more comfortable with knitting, you can experiment with different needle sizes and types (including circular needles) to create different types of fabrics.
-Scissors: You’ll need a good pair of scissors for cutting your yarn when you’re finished knitting.
-A tapestry needle: This is a large needle with a blunt tip that is used for weaving in ends and sewing pieces of knitting together.
Now that you have all of your supplies, let’s get started!
1. Make a slip knot This will be the first stitch on your needle and it will allow you to adjust the tension of your yarn. To make a slip knot, start by making a loop in your yarn and then placing the working end of the yarn over the top of the loop. Next, pinch the two loops together and insert your needle through the resulting hole. Finally, pull the working end of the yarn to tighten the knot around your needle.
2. Cast on If you want to knit a flat piece (like a scarf), you will need to cast on some stitches onto one of your needles before you can start knitting rows back and forth. There are many different ways to cast on stitches, but we recommend the long tail method for beginners. To do this, start by making a slip knot like we did in step 1 and then place it onto one of your needles so that there is about six inches of tail hanging off the end of the needle. Next, hold both needles in your left hand (or whichever hand feels more comfortable) and make an “X” shape with them so that the needle holding the slip knot is crossed overtop of the other needle perpendicular to it. Now take the tail hanging off of the bottom needle and bring it overtop of both needles towards yourself before threading it underneath both needles and pulling it through towards yourself again (so that it forms another “X” shape). You should now have two loops on your right-hand needle; gently pull on both loops until they are tight but not too tight against each other (but don’t pull on them too much or else they will come undone). At this point, you have now successfully completed one stitch; continue casting on stitches until you have reached the desired number for your project (usually between 20-40 stitches for beginners).
3 . Knit stitch Now that you have some stitches cast onto one of your needles (this is called the “working needle”), it’s time to start knitting! The most basic stitch in knitting is called the “knit stitch” (abbreviated as “k st” in patterns). To do this stitch, hold both needles in front of you so that the working needle is in your right hand and insert it into the first stitch on left-hand needle as if you were going to purl (from back to front and through top loop only). Next, wrap yarn around right-hand needle clockwise once before drawing yarn through loop on left-hand needle (so that there is now one loop left on left-hand needle). At this point, slide old stitch off left-hand needle; one knit stitch has now been completed! Repeat steps until all stitches have been Knit off left-hand needle; turn work so that wrong side is facing you – one row has now been completed
The benefits of knitting
Knitting has a lot of benefits for both your mind and body. It can help improve your mental well-being by reducing stress and anxiety, and can also help keep your hands and mind busy and distracted from negative thoughts. Knitting can also help improve your physical well-being by providing a form of gentle exercise that can help increase mobility in your fingers and hands.
The different types of knitting
There are two main types of knitting: hand knitting and machine knitting. Hand knitting is the more traditional method and is typically done with two needles. Machine knitting is faster and is typically done with a knitting machine.
There are also two main types of stitches: knit stitches and purl stitches. Knit stitches are the most common and are made by inserting the needle into the fabric from the front and then wrapping the yarn around the needle. Purl stitch
The supplies you need to start knitting
In order to start knitting, you will need to assemble a few supplies. You will need a skein of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, a blunt-tipped needle, and scissors.
Yarn comes in many different weights, colors, and materials. For your first project, you will want to choose a light-colored yarn in a medium weight. Medium weight yarn is also called worsted weight or afghan weight. You can find these yarns at any craft store. They are usually labelled with a symbol that looks like this: .
As for needles, you will want to choose a size 8 or 9 straight needle. Needles come in different materials like wood, plastic, bamboo, or metal. You can try out different materials to see which you prefer. You may also want to buy a set of four or five needles so that you have extras on hand just in case one breaks.
A blunt-tipped needle is used to sew the ends of your knitting together once you are finished. You will also use it to weave in any loose ends as you knit. Finally, scissors are used to cut the yarn when you are finished with your project.
Now that you have gathered all of your supplies, you are ready to start knitting!
How to start knitting
If you’re looking for a new hobby, knitting might be the perfect activity for you. It’s relatively easy to learn the basics, and once you get started, you can create all sorts of wonderful things. All you need to get started is a pair of knitting needles and some yarn.
There are two main types of knitting: Continental and English. Continental knitting is mostly used in Europe, while English knitting is more popular in North America. There are also a few other styles, but these are the two most common.
If you’re just starting out, it’s probably a good idea to try both styles and see which one you prefer. Once you’ve chosen a style, there are a few basic techniques you need to learn before you can start knitting:
-casting on: this is how you create your first row of stitches
-knit stitch: this is the most basic stitch, and it forms the basis of all other stitches
-purl stitch: this is similar to the knit stitch, but it creates a reverse effect
-binding off: this is how you finish your project and create a neat edge
The different types of stitches
There are two types of stitches used in knitting: the knit stitch and the purl stitch. The knit stitch is created by inserting the needle into the fabric from the front and then passing it over the top of the other needle and pulling it through to the back. The purl stitch is created by inserting the needle into the fabric from the back and then passing it over the top of the other needle and pulling it through to the front.
How to finish your knitting project
Most knitting projects will have some type of finishing instructions. This is usually a separate section at the end of the pattern that tells you what to do with your piece once you have finished knitting it.
There are a few different things that you might be asked to do, but the most common ones are blocking, seaming, and weaving in ends. Let’s go over each of these so you know what to do when you come across them in a pattern.
Blocking: Blocking is a process of wetting or steaming your finished knitting so that it will dry in the shape that you want it to be. This is usually done for things like lace or cable patterns that can look a little bit wonky until they are blocked into submission. For more information on blocking, check out this tutorial.
Seaming: Seaming is used when you have knit something flat, like a scarf, and need to join the two ends together. There are many different ways to seam knitting, but the most common one is called the mattress stitch. You can find a tutorial for that here.
Weaving in Ends: Weaving in ends is probably the task that beginners dread the most, but it really isn’t as bad as it seems. This just means that you will take your yarn tail and weave it into the body of your knitting so that it doesn’t come undone. This video shows you how to do it so that your weaving is practically invisible.
Knitting for beginners FAQ
An FAQ for those new to knitting, covering the very basics such as what you need to get started, how to hold the needles and yarn, and how to make the basic stitches.
What do I need to get started?
To knit you will need:
-A crochet hook (optional)
-A tapestry needle (optional)
How do I hold the needles and yarn?
There are two ways to hold the yarn while knitting: in your right hand (English style), or in your left hand (Continental style). Whichever feels more comfortable for you is fine. To hold the yarn in your right hand, wrap it around your pinky finger, over your ring finger, over your middle finger, and then under your index finger. The working strand of yarn should be coming off of your index finger. To hold the yarn in your left hand, drape it over your thumb and around your palm, so that it forms a loop. Insert your index finger into this loop, and then bring the working strand of yarn over your index finger and under your middle finger. Then bring it over your ring finger and finally around your pinky.
How do I make the basic stitches?
There are two basic stitches in knitting: the knit stitch and the purl stitch. The knit stitch is made by inserting the needle into the front loop of the next stitch on the left needle, wrapping the yarn around clockwise, and then drawing the wrapped yarn through to create a new stitch on the right needle. The purl stitch is made by inserting the needle into front loop of next stitch on left needle but wrapping counterclockwise instead of clockwise. Draw wrapped yarn through to create a new stitch on right needle.
Where to find more knitting resources
There are plenty of resources available for knitters of all levels of experience, from beginner to expert. Here are just a few places to find more information and inspiration for your knitting projects:
-Local yarn shops: These shops often have classes and events specifically for knitters, and the staff is usually happy to answer any questions you may have.
-Online knitting communities: There are many online forums and groups dedicated to knitting, where you can ask questions, get advice, and share patterns and ideas.
-How-to books and videos: For more in-depth instructions on specific techniques, look for how-to books or videos from your favorite knitting authors and instructors.
-YouTube: You can find literally thousands of free knitting tutorials on YouTube, covering everything from basic stitches to advanced techniques.