You can learn to knit in less than an hour!
In this post, I’m going to cover all the basics of knitting to get you started with learning your new skill.
I’ve created the videos below so you can learn to knit in no time at all! Combined, the videos are only about 10 minutes total, so technically you can get a foundation within that time frame. But, I encourage you to go slowly and practice along with the videos. Move at your own pace, and remember: practice makes perfect! To really make it stick, you’ll want to spend a little longer than an hour practicing what you’ve learned.
In this series, You’ll be learning:
- Long Tail Cast On Method
- Knit stitch
- Garter Stitch
- Purl Stitch
- Bind Off your Knitting
What you’ll need:
- Yarn *any type, but choose a yarn weight suitable for your needles**
- Straight knitting needles *any size
- Scissors *to cut the yarn after bind-off
**In the videos, I’m using size 13 needles and a bulky yarn such as Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. Most craft store yarns suggest a needle size on the back of the paper wrapped around the skein, as well as give a rating for the thickness of the yarn.
Learn to knit now by following the videos below:
- To view at a later date, bookmark this blogpost or follow my Youtube Playlist Here.
How to Cast On using Long Tail Cast On Method
Learn to knit the Long Tail Cast On Method, which is how you’ll get the stitches on your needles in the first place. There are other methods for casting on, but you don’t need to worry about that yet!
How to Knit Stitch
After casting on, learn to knit the foundational Knit Stitch, which is key in creating stitch patterns like garter or stockinette.
You can learn to knit this stitch pattern using only knit stitches. Cast on and then *knit all the stitches to the end of the row. Turn your work around, and knit all those stitches to the end of the row*, too. You’ll continue to knit the front and back sides as described between the ** until you’re comfortable with garter stitch. You can even turn this into a scarf! Find a free pattern at the end of this post under Step #6.
How to Purl Stitch
Learn to knit another foundational stitch: purl stitch. After this video, you’ll be ready to create a swatch of stockinette, which will require both knit and purl stitches.
Learn to knit Stockinette. Ready for your stitches to look like the little “v’s” commonly seen on knitwear? This is probably the stitch pattern you imagined when you decided you wanted to learn to knit. Stockinette has two sides: a front side of knit stitches (little v’s) and a wrong side of purl stitches. But be aware: Stockinette will curl in at the ends and edges.
How to Bind off your Knitting
Learn how to cast off your knitted projects. After watching this video, you will have a foundational knowledge that can even be used to knit your first project!
Now that you have the basics, practice practice practice! Refer back to this post (bookmark this page to make it easy to find again) or playlist on YouTube as often as you like until you are comfortable with each step. You can also turn these basic stitches into your first project. For example, this project on Ravelry. If you don’t have a Ravelry account, it’s free and easy to sign up. If you need more convincing than that, read my post about Why Every Knitter Needs a Ravelry Account here.
Don’t hesitate to comment or email me if you have any questions about the methods used in these videos. Happy knitting!