So, you've decided to learn how to knit! Congratulations! Knitting is a wonderfully rewarding craft that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. In this post, I'll give you a brief overview of the basics of knitting, including the supplies you'll need, the basic stitches, and how to finish your knitting project.
The first thing you'll need is some supplies. You'll need some needles (either straight or circular), yarn, and a tapestry needle. The size of the needles and yarn will vary depending on the project you're working on, so it's important to choose the right size for your needs. For beginners, larger size needles such as a pair of straight 8.00mm wooden needles would work wonderfully. Pair that with a worsted weight yarn and you are ready to begin knitting!
Once you have your supplies, it's time to learn the basics.
Casting on starts with adding yarn to your needle to prepare for knitting.
There are several basic stitches in knitting, but the two most common ones are the knit stitch and the purl stitch.
To knit a stitch, insert the needle into the stitch from front to back, wrap the yarn around the needle counterclockwise, and pull it through the fabric.
To purl a stitch, insert the needle into the stitch from back to front, wrap the yarn around the needle counterclockwise, and pull it through the fabric.
I have a very helpful YouTube video that will demonstrate how to achieve a perfect cast-on, the knit stitch, and the purl stitch!
Once you know how to knit and purl stitches, it's time to start a project! Most beginner projects involve either scarves or hats. When starting a new project, be sure to read through all of the instructions before beginning. This will help ensure that you understand what you're supposed to do.
That's it! You now know all there is to know about basic knitting. Be sure to practice these skills by knitting a few simple projects. With a little practice, you'll be able to knit anything you desire!