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The Beginner's Guide to Knitting

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Learn how to knit with this three-part beginner's guide to knitting. Read beginner knitting instructions and watch videos to master knitting techniques. Beginner knitting stitches will get you started with some easy knitting patterns.

Knitting Needles and Work

After featuring a beginner’s guide to crochet, we’ve decided to continue these guides for the complete crafting novice, complete with links to helpful videos. They are a way to familiarize yourself with the terms and basic techniques before beginning. Like crochet, knitting is a hobby than can be begun rather inexpensively. All you need is a set of needles and inexpensive yarn (and a beginner’s guide of course).


Table of Contents

Beginner's Knitting Part 1: Basic Materials
 

Beginner's Knitting Part 2: Slipknot and Cast on
 

Beginner's Knitting Part 3: Basic Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch

 

Beginner's Knitting Part 1: Basic Materials
 

Needles- Straight needles are the most common, while double-pointed knitting needles are used for circular knitting (creating a seamless tube rather than a flat sheet). Metal is the preferred material for stitches which move freely. Bamboo is also popular for its warmer feel. Circular needles are another option and are shorter and joined by a cord. The thickness of the needle determines the tightness of the stitch.

 

Yarn- Though acrylic yarn is often harder than natural fibers, acrylic is less expensive. Use smoother and thicker (at least double knitting or Aran weight) yarn at first so that you can see your stitches. Cotton is also a good material for beginners.  

 

Gauge- Most knitting patterns will have a gauge notation. Gauge is the number of stitches or rows per inch. Gauge is determined by the weight of yarn, the width of the needles, and the tautness of the yarn while knitting. Larger needles will produce a looser knits and fewer stitches. Smaller stitches will produce a tighter knit with more stitches.

 

Read on to learn how to knit with these materials.

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Can anyone help. I want to knit a headband for a child with a 17" head and need to know how may stitches to cast on to make that Jenny

An answer for Rated on Mar 06, 2010 by Crafter 7646085. I searched on Ask.com and found this As written by Deb I think the O should be read as a zero. Does the pattern you are using have 4 sizes? If it does the 0 is the number of stitches you need to knit or purl (depending on whether you are doing row 1 or 2) before working the seed stitch for the smallest size. The second size you knit or purl 2, the third size you knit or purl 4 and the largest size you knit or purl 7. The pattern should look like this Row 1 P 0(2, 4, 7) (work seed st on 6 sts, p3, k3, p3) 3 times, end with seed st on 6 sts, pO (2, 4, 7) Translated in to english this row for the smallest size is "work seed stitch on six stitches, purl three stitches, knit three stitches, purl three stitches. Repeat three times, work seed stitch on remaining six stitches". The second size in english would be "Purl two stitches, work seed stitch on six stitches, purl three stitches, knit three stitches, purl three stitches. Repeat three times, work seed stitch on the next six stitches, purl last two stitches".

I found this on Ask.com. I hope this helps. As written by Deb I think the O should be read as a zero. Does the pattern you are using have 4 sizes? If it does the 0 is the number of stitches you need to knit or purl (depending on whether you are doing row 1 or 2) before working the seed stitch for the smallest size. The second size you knit or purl 2, the third size you knit or purl 4 and the largest size you knit or purl 7. The pattern should look like this Row 1 P 0(2, 4, 7) (work seed st on 6 sts, p3, k3, p3) 3 times, end with seed st on 6 sts, pO (2, 4, 7) Translated in to english this row for the smallest size is "work seed stitch on six stitches, purl three stitches, knit three stitches, purl three stitches. Repeat three times, work seed stitch on remaining six stitches". The second size in english would be "Purl two stitches, work seed stitch on six stitches, purl three stitches, knit three stitches, purl three stitches. Repeat three times, work seed stitch on the next six stitches, purl last two stitches".

I cannot find how to do "KO PO" stitch instruction, in making the Long tunic lace vest,of you pattern, please help, thanks, Jean, I have knitted for a lot of years I am now 75 years old, and still learning.

i have an afgan pattern i want to use but i dont understand the instructions. its called old shale pattern. it is a multiple uf 18 sts. the pattern is formed this way --row 1 purl row 2 (k2tog) 3 times (inc 1 st by picking up strand between last st and next st and knitting into it, k 1) 6 times (k2tog) 3 times rep fromto across. row 3 knit row 4 knit. i know how to do the sts, what i dont understand is when i do the increase. is it after the k2tog 3 times or is it between the k2tog. like k2tog inc 1, k1 then repeat 2 more times? its so hard to understand thanks if you can help )

hi my name is betty and i'm new at knitting. i know how to make a scarf, but what i need to know is what is increase 1 st in next st. i am trying to make a place mate and this is in knitting pattem. if you could show me a vido of this i would appreciateit and i enjoy all you knitting pattern.

hi my name is betty and i'm new at knitting. i know how to make a scarf, but what i need to know is what is increase 1 st in next st. i am trying to make a place mate and this is in knitting pattem. if you could show me a vido of this i would appreciateit and i enjoy all you knitting pattern.

Could you please put a video (knitting) on with more stitches? I don't understand how to do a yarnover. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I love your site and, I watched your instructions. I have been knitting since I was a teenager back in the 1960s however, I was taught by a German lady and I knit the Continental method. It was interesting to watch American cast on and knitting as my primary functions in knittng are with my left hand. For years I have been converting American knitting patterns to my method of knitting. Do you know any place to find Continental knitting patterns? My daughter and two of my granddaughters are avid knitters too. I will send my daughter a link to your site. Thanks.

I just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful crafting ideas and booklets you have provided for FREE. I am an avid crafter, but am also retired and on a fixed income. Your books and patterns have given me many hours of enjoyment and ideas. Most of the gifts I give are hand made and your booklets have given me the patterns and easy to understand instructions. Thank you so much. Nancy

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