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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?
The Broken Rib Stitch
Excellent stretchy and reversible stitch, the Broken Rib Stitch is great for fitted projects or areas that require some give, like cuffs and collars
The Old Shale Stitch
The Old Shale stitch is a traditional stitch from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, often confused with the Feather & Fan.
The Berry Stitch creates a stunning bobbled appearance using variations on Knit & Purl stitches.
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