Do not bleach.
Do not tumble dry.
Machine wash cold
Iron on low heat and cover with a sheet of fabric.
Dry away from direct sunlight.
Introduction to Knitting
In our fast-paced, screen-saturated world, knitting offers a refreshing break, encouraging you to slow down and relax. It's an escape from the digital buzz, a soothing hobby that's the ultimate antidote to screen time!
Knitting can be incredibly engaging and time flies when you're immersed in it. You might find yourself promising "just one more row," only to look up and realize you're almost done with the pattern! So, as you lose yourself in the rhythm of your stitches, remember to cherish the journey. After all, in the world of knitting, it's about both the journey and the delightful, handcrafted destination.
As you build on your skills stitch by stitch, you'll never get bored with new projects and techniques to learn. And when you finish each project, the sense of pride and accomplishment will make you feel like a rockstar! Plus, the wearable pieces of art you create make for the perfect gift to your loved ones, showing them just how much you care. You can literally clothe them with your love wherever they go!
So, grab your needles, crank up your favorite tunes, and get ready to knit your heart out. You'll be amazed at how quickly time flies by when you're knee-deep in yarn and creativity!
Let's jump into the action with hands-on learning in each lesson, full of practice and excitement! And the best part? When we reach the end, make sure to unwind the yarn as you will need it for your first knitting masterpiece. So, let's get those needles clacking and let's start knitting!
Did you know that the ancient art of knitting has been around for thousands of years? This craft has stood the test of time, starting from creating intricate Egyptian sandals, to the cool, stylish scarves of today – knitting is indeed an evergreen craft, as timeless as it is versatile!
Knitting is more than just a hobby, it's an empowering skill that fills you with a sense of purpose and control. The repetitive, rhythmic motions using your own two hands bring joy like no other! And let's not forget about the patience it teaches you.
Tie A Slipknot
Tying a slipknot is the first step in knitting and it is a very simple process. Here are the steps.
Tip: The slipknot can be adjusted on your needle by gently tugging on the tail end of the yarn or the working yarn.
That's it! You are now one step closer to making your first project. Now on to the next one!
1. Begin by forming a loop with the yarn, leaving a tail of about 4-6 inches. (Note: This measurement will depend on each project.)
2. Hold the loop in your left hand, with the ball end yarn hanging down.
3. With your right hand, reach through the loop from behind and grab the ball end yarn with your fingers.
4. Pull the ball end yarn yarn through the loop, creating a new loop. Keep the loop loose enough so you can easily slip it onto your knitting needle.
5. Slip the loop onto your needle, and then gently tighten the knot by either pulling on the tail end of the yarn or the ball end of the yarn.
When it comes to knitting, "casting on" is the process of creating the first loops of yarn on your needle. That first row of loops is what we call the "cast on." Now, there are many ways to cast on , and each technique creates a slightly different starting edge for your project. Some cast ons are firm and strong, while others are flexible and stretchy.
But for those new to the craft of knitting, let us introduce you to the LONG TAIL CAST ON – it's an absolute game-changer! The Long Tail Cast On is one of the most popular and versatile techniques for casting on in knitting. Not only is it simple to learn and quick to do, but it also creates a beautiful, slightly stretchy cast-on edge that is perfect for a wide range of projects. Trust us, once you master the long tail cast on, you'll wonder how you ever started a project any other way!
IMPORTANT TIP: Whether you've accidentally dropped a stitch or two or pulled your yarn too tight, don't panic! Mistakes are a common incident and it's one of the ways we learn & improve our skills. Try to backtrack and do it again. If it seems like it's not working out, it's ALWAYS BETTER to start all over again than to continue with a wrong stitch. So don’t give up and keep on knitting!
Repeat these steps to cast on all the stitches you need for your pattern.
If you find the long tail cast on technique difficult, fret not! We linked another set of videos on casting on techniques:
Congratulations on completing your cast-on! Now comes the most exciting part - it's time to start knitting! Flip your work over so that the needle is pointing to the right and get ready to work some magic with your needles. With the needle holding the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand, you are all set to bring your knitting to life. Let’s dive in!
1. Make a slip knot and put it on the needle.
2. Hold both strands in the left hand.
3. Insert the thumb and finger between the two strands.
4. Open the thumb and finger, and tilt your hand back to create the two loops.
5. Swing the needle under the outer thumb strand, and up through the thumb loop.
6. Swing over to grab the inner finger strand.
7. Pivot over the inner thumb strand, and down through the thumb loop.
8. Release the loop from the thumb, and tighten the knot either by pulling on the ball end yarn or tail end yarn.
The knit stitch is usually the very first stitch that beginners learn when starting their knitting journey.
This stitch may seem simple, but it's actually one of the highly essential stitches required in so many other knitting patterns and techniques. It's a versatile stitch that can be used for a variety of projects, from scarves and hats to sweaters and blankets.
If you're new to knitting, mastering the knit stitch is crucial for building a strong foundation for all your future knitting projects. Don't worry if you struggle with the knit stitch at first - practice makes perfect! Keep at it and before you know it, you'll have the rhythm down pat.
So, let's get those needles clacking and let's start knitting!
Now that you've completed your first row of knitting, let's make sure it's perfect by counting your stitches! You wouldn't want to miss a stitch or add any extra ones, would you?
Once you're confident with your stitch count, it's time to turn your work and dive into the next row.
As you continue knitting, your swatch will start to take shape. Keep going until it's as long as you want it to be.
Tip: To count knit stitches accurately, utilize the locking markers provided. Simply place a marker on every 10th stitch or at any desired interval. This allows you to easily keep track of where you are in the pattern and ensures that you don't accidentally skip or repeat any stitches. By using the locking markers, you'll have a helpful visual guide to maintain the correct stitch count throughout your knitting project.🙂
1. Insert the right needle into the first stitch through its loop. Your right needle should be below your left needle.
2. Wrap the yarn counterclockwise around the right needle.
3. You will end up with the ball end yarn over the loops & in between your needles. Draw the loop of yarn through the stitch.
4. The right needle will be in front of the left needle.
5. Slide the stitch off the left needle.
6. Your first ever knit stitch is complete! Before proceeding to the second stitch, put the tail end in front so you can avoid yarn entanglement. (Note: This step is only applicable for every 1st row). Repeat these steps until you have knit all of the stitches on the left-hand needle.
7. To turn your work, simply swap the needles around so that the one with the stitches is in your left hand and the empty one is in your right. Now you're all set to begin knitting the next row.
Now that you know how to cast on and knit, it’s time for the finishing touch. The last step is to Cast off your stitches, which means to remove them from your needles. Sometimes, it’s also called “binding off”. Learning to cast off is an essential skill for any knitter. In the following instructions, you will learn how to cast off your knitting to give your project a tidy and clean edge! Let’s get started!
Helpful Tip: For a neater project, make sure to maintain even tension on the yarn as you cast off. Avoid pulling the stitches too tightly or leaving them too loose, as this can result in an uneven edge. Take your time to ensure that you're casting off each stitch correctly and neatly.
By following these simple tips, you can achieve a clean and polished appearance for all of your knitting projects. Remember, practice is key, so do not be disheartened if it takes a few attempts to master the technique. With persistence, you will be able to cast off your knitting like a professional in no time!
Now that you’ve completed the basic knitting techniques, it’s time to level up learning basic knitting patterns to help you in your projects. Let’s go!
1. Knit the first two stitches.
2. Insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle.
3. Lift the first stitch over the second stitch.
4. Drop the stitch from the left needle. One stitch has been cast off.
5. Knit the next stitch on the left needle as normal.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 until one stitch remains
7. Cut the yarn leaving a tail of about 6 inches. Thread the yarn tail through the last stitch, and pull to secure.
8. Weave in the ends using a tapestry needle through the fabric. You will need to do this several times to secure the yarn.
How to Join In a New Yarn
It is not uncommon that you might run out of yarns as you dive into your knitting projects. There are several options to join in a new yarn but we recommend the Fisherman’s Knot . Join in a new yarn by simply tying them together and weave in the excess yarns in the projects.
1. Grab the working end of your new yarn and tie a loose knot
2. Now grab the working end of your old yarn and pass it through the loop of your new yarn’s loose knot. Then create a loose knot with your old yarn around the new yarn. Gently tighten both knots.
3. Pull the standing parts of both yarns in opposite directions to draw the two knots together.
Here are some best best beginner knitting stitch patterns you can use on your first few knitting projects:
Garter Stitch Pattern
The garter stitch is a basic knitting pattern that creates a textured, ridged fabric with a simple, classic appeal. This versatile stitch is achieved by simply knitting or purling every row, resulting in a reversible fabric that lies flat and is stretchy. Its simplicity makes it an excellent stitch pattern for beginner knitters to practice and master basic skills.
1. Start by casting on 15-20 stitches.
2. For the first row, knit all the stitches
3. After finishing your first row, flip your work, switching the needles in your hands, to begin the next row
4. Continue repeating the process from step 2, knitting every stitch, until your piece reaches the desired length.
Cast off & weave in your ends.
Scarf Project (Garter Stitch)
Scarves are a great first project for beginner knitters as they are simple to make yet practical and stylish to wear. It is also a great way for beginners to learn the fundamentals of knitting while creating something practical and beautiful.
Now that you know how to do the basic knitting techniques, it’s time to start making your scarf . The following pattern will show you how to make a garter stitch patterned scarf.
Make a slip knot leaving a tail of 20 inches.
Cast on 25 stitches - 5 inches wide using the Long Tail Cast-On.
Proceed to knit every stitch and every row. This will create a beautiful garter stitch pattern.
When you have reached your desired length, cast off all stitches.
Weave in the ends using your tapestry needle to ensure that your finished project looks neat and tidy, and the loose ends won't unravel over time.
Pat yourself on the back for a job well done. You’ve successfully made your knitting project! We are so proud of you! Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect the first time. With practice, you'll improve your knitting skills and create even better projects. Thank you for taking the time to learn the basics of knitting. Congratulations, you are now a full-fledged knitter!
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Take on new & exciting knitting projects! Check out our 3-Pattern Knitting Kit & embrace the thrill. Sharpen your knitting skills with a fabulous new scarf. Then, level up your crafting game by fashioning chic fingerless gloves together with a stylish hat to complete the ensemble!
Knit with a friend or a family member. Spending quality time over knitting is a great way to bond! Enjoy endless conversations and grow deeper in your relationship!
Join a local knitting group community and meet fellow knitters who can encourage you and cheer you on along your knitting journey. You might even learn a new technique or two.
Connect with other knitters across the web! There are tons of online communities for knitting enthusiasts and experts! Find the right one for you and chime in on the latest trending patterns. It’s cool to be part of a community that uplifts and encourages you to grow in your knitting journey knowing you’re not alone. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can totally pursue new challenging patterns from the community and embark on new knitting adventures together!