How to Knit

Learning how to knit may seem like a daunting task, but it is really quite simple. Knitting is essentially a series of knots that form a patterned fabric. If you have always wanted to learn how to knit you only need to learn one stitch and how to cast on and off.

Learning How to Knit

Learning How to Knit

The first step in learning how to knit is learning to cast on. Casting on is simply getting the yarn on the needle in a way that will allow you to begin knitting. There are a few different techniques for casting on. When first learning how to knit you will want to go with the simplest one, which is the loop cast on. This is exactly what it sounds like. You make a series of loops and put them on your needle. The number of loops you have is equivalent to the number of stitches and that determines the width of your final work.

The second technique you will want to know when learning how to knit is the knit stitch. To knit a knit stitch simply hold the needle with your cast on stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right. Insert the right needle into the first loop so that it goes behind the needle with the stitches on it. Wrap the working yarn, or the tail that goes to the ball of yarn, around the empty needle. Now use the needle to pull the wrapped yarn through the cast on loop. Congratulations, you have just knit your first stitch! Continue in the same way until you have knit the entire row.

When you have knit to the length desired, it’s time to cast off. To cast off knit the first two stitches as usual. After you have knit two stitches, pick up the first one and bring it over the second and off the needle. Continue to do this until you have a finished edge. Weave the tail into the fabric to prevent unraveling.

Learning how to knit can be frustrating. Don’t give up. It is perfectly normal to have to pull out your work several times when first beginning. Once you become more advanced you may want to try other stitches, knitting patterns, and experiment with different types of yarn like knitting wool. If you find knitting by hand is not for you, knitting machines are available to do most of the difficult work for you. You just load the knitting yarn into the machine and let it work for you.

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