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Introduction to the Beginners Guide to Knitting

Want to learn how to knit? Completely new to knitting or just looking to brush up on your foundational skills? You've come to the right place. Welcome to the Complete Beginners Guide to Knitting!

Knitting has been going through a bit of a resurgence in recent years, with many people discovering it's therapeutic nature in this stressful world. The sense of accomplishment and productiveness when you finish off that project (that you usually gift for a double joy-whammy). And of course, there is nothing quite like the sensation of creating something with your two hands.

Learning to knit may seem a little complex or confusing at first. Certainly, you can spend hours, days and month knitting together the most complex patterns you can dream of.

However, with a bit of direction, you will quickly see how simple and straightforward it can be. In fact, I am 100% sure that if you apply yourself, and spend just ONE hour reading & practicing the examples I demonstrate below, you will be able to knit by the time you reach the end of this article. Is it a deal?

In this article I focus just on the foundational elements of knitting. I have purposely avoided going beyond what I feel are the main building blocks so as not to overwhelm you, my dear pupil. These fundamental components involve how to tie a slip-knot and how to cast-on, which is just a fancy way of saying attaching the yarn to the needle.

Once you can attach your yarn to your needle, then we'll then go into the two most important knitting stitch techniques, how to knit & how to purl. With just these two stitches you can knit hundreds of different patterns and motifs, and I will quickly demonstrate two of them, the Garter Stitch and the Stockinette Stitch.

Unless you are making very, very small knitted garments (or are using huge balls of yarn), you will need to learn how to connect in new balls. Then finally, how to do a simple bind-off (which again is a fancy way of saying - how to get your knitting off your needles).

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The Diagonal Lace Stripe Stitch

Description

The Diagonal Lace Stripe Stitch creates Rib Stitch pattern with diagonal bands of Eyelet openwork.

This stitch is an excellent choice for adding a bit of raised texture to any sweater, cardigan or hat.

This is quite a short and straightforward pattern, but don't let that fool you into complacency, there are a couple of tricky advanced techniques in there, so make sure you fully understand them before you start.

Looking to get started, well lets move on to the instructions...

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Instructions

Cast on any multiple of ten plus three stitches for your project.

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The Quilted Diamond Stitch

Description

The Quilted Diamonds Stitch uses Knit & Purl stitches to created an embossed diamond pattern on a stockinette stitch background.

This stitch is reversible and has a tendency to pull inwards slightly, much like a rib stitch, so if you are looking for something fitted and don't want to use ribbing, this stitch could make an interesting alternative.

There are no complex techniques involved in this pattern, just straightforward knit and purl stitches. Just make sure to keep track of where you are in the pattern!

Looking to get started, well lets move on to the instructions...

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Instructions

Cast on any multiple of four stitches for your project.

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The Broken Ribbing Stitch

Description

The Broken Ribbing Stitch is an easy to do Rib Stitch.

This stitch gives an interesting texture produced by fragmenting the rib stitches; it is especially suited as a fabric stitch for sweaters.

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Instructions

Cast on any multiple of twelve stitches for your project.

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The Honeycomb Brioche Stitch

Description

The Honeycomb Brioche Stitch uses some Knit & Purl variations to create a very dense and rather stunning fabric.

This thick, three-dimensional stitch is super soft, cozy and an absolute shoe-in for babies blankets (or even adult sized blankets).

The stitch is a short two stitch repeat with some knit/purl variations to generate that three-dimensional lattice style structure, involving a knit two together in conjunction a knit in the stitch below to pull the effect off.

Looking to get started, well lets move on to the instructions...

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Instructions

Cast on any multiple of two stitches for your project.

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