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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).

Ready to learn how to knit?

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The Purl Ridge Stitch

Description

The Purl Ridge stitch is a simple variation on the Stockinette Stitch and a member of the Knit & Purl Stitch family.

The stitch produces raised rows of "purl bumps" across the fabric. In our instructions, we create a purl ridge every four rows; although the width between these ridges can be varied depending on the look you are after (see picture).

The ridges are only visible on the right side of the fabric, with the wrong side looking like a standard garter or stockinette (WS) pattern. It's a very versatile stitch that will lend itself well to a multitude of projects, and can be especially useful for adding a bit more detail to a simple pattern.

Wanting to crack on? Ok, let's move on to the instructions...

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Instructions

Cast on any multiple of stitches for your project.

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The 1x1 Rib Stitch

Description

The 1x1 Rib stitch is the simplest stitch in the Rib Stitch family. Yet despite it's simplicity, we would argue it is certainly a stitch that should not be overlooked, particularly because of it's simplicity.

Rib Stitches are reversible, stretchy and pretty versatile with the 1x1 Rib Stitch being no exception. For this reason, the 1x1 Rib stitch is particularly suited to fitted projects or areas of projects that require a more fitted shape such as collars, hems, and cuffs.

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The Moss Stitch

Description

The Moss Stitch is another excellent reversible stitch giving a rugged raised dimpled effect.

The stitch is closely related to the Seed Stitch, and indeed can cause some confusion as the Moss Stitch is also known as the Double Moss stitch in the UK/Aus/Nz, where the Seed Stitch is called the Moss Stitch!The Moss Stitch is reversible and doesn't curl making it excellent for a wide range of projects.

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