CRAFTS & DIY
A guide for absolute beginners.
All about the knitting needles available to buy, and what you will need as a beginner.
A roundup of the different yarn materials and dye patterns you could see.
First steps; reading yarn labels & making slip knots.
Casting on is all about getting stitches onto your needles - and this is the method beginners usually learn first.
A very popular method and my personal favourite.
A very similar method to the long tail cast on, but creates a stretchier edge.
Learn how to remove the stitches from the needles at the end of a project.
Learn how knit and purl stitches are formed.
The knit stitch is of course vital to knitting, and garter stitch is a pattern made entirely of knit stitches.
The purl stitch is one of the basic building blocks of knitting, and stockinette stitch is the most recognisable pattern in knitting.
A simple diagram to show how you can hide the yarn tails in the back of your knitting.
How to change to a new ball of yarn when you run out or when you want to change colour.
Learn the most common yarn over methods for placing in between knits, purls, or knit and purl stitches.
Learn to recognise knit and purl stitches just as you're about to work them.
A super simple technique that involves passing a stitch between your needles without working it.
Learn how to knit I-cord, which is basically knitted rope.
Increase by one or two stitches with these 'knit front and back' methods.
Increase by one or two stitches with these 'purl front and back' methods.
Increase one by making a new stitch where there wasn't one before.
How to do the purl version of the 'make one' increase technique.
Decrease the stitch number by knitting 2 or 3 stitches together.
Decrease the stitch number by purling 2 or 3 stitches together.
How to use slip and knit stitches to decrease by one or two stitches.
How to use slip and purl stitches to decrease by one or two stitches.
A single decrease & a double decrease created by slipping, knitting and passing stitches over.
A centred double decrease created with slip & knit stitches.
Knit or purl 2 stitches together 'through the back loops'.
Knit columns of knit and purl stitches to create a very commonly-used stretchy fabric.
A lovely bumpy pattern made by alternating only knit and purl stitches.
A chunkier version of the seed stitch, this pattern is reversible and very popular.
A basketweave layout made up of blocks of ribbing.
A classic basketweave effect with blocks of garter stitch and stockinette stitch.
Create raised patterns - like zigzags - in garter stitch, on a background of stockinette stitch.
A clever chevron pattern which creates a chunky knitted fabric.
A very cosy knit that looks like a looser brioche stitch.
Similar to the Fisherman's Rib, except every other row is just a plain knit row.
Slip stitches are very simple and show as elongated stitches in your knitting.
A lovely squishy stitch and one of my favourites.
How to knit brioche stitch but with vertical stripes of alternating colours.
Learn how to knit bobbles of different sizes.
Find patterns for 3 different diamond or leaf shapes.
How to knit little 3D 'springs' of yarn on the front of your work.
Create neat side edges on your knitting with knits, purls and slip stitches.
Create nice even edges by slipping the first stitch and knitting the last stitch in every row.
How to start off your knitting with a chunky I-cord edge.
How to add chunky side edges to your knitting project.
Patterns for adding a neat 2-stitch or 3-stitch wide selvedge.
This is a pattern for very neat selvedges that I made by smushing together 2 other selvedge patterns.
See how to complete your project with a chunky bound off edge.
How to make and add tassels to your knitting - 2 different ways.
The English method of knitting is what I normally use, but on this page you can learn more about how the Continental method works.
A quick comparison of the 2 most popular knitting methods.
Learn to attach metal scales to your knitting for a fun
This is the first stop for beginners to lace knitting; how to make a simple eyelet.
Learn to knit vertical columns of eyelet stitches.
A pretty zigzag pattern of eyelets.
A delicate zigzag pattern with a trio of eyelet lines.
This popular and traditional pattern is also called quatrefoil or diamond lace.
Learn how to change yarn and alternate between 2 different colours.
Take a closer look at the different ways you can carry yarn up the side of your work.
Watch how I knit with 3 different colours now, and still carry the yarns up the side.
How to get started creating lovely Fair Isle patterns.
A guide to converting Fair Isle charts from circular to flat charts, and vice versa.
This is a prevention method for knitting mistakes, so that when do a boo-boo, you can then easily fix it!