Introduction to Knitting

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Introduction

​​A guide for absolute beginners.

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Knitting Needles

All about the knitting needles available to buy, and what you will need as a beginner.

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Knitting Yarns

A roundup of the different yarn materials and dye patterns you could see.

Getting Started

First steps; reading yarn labels & making slip knots.

Casting On & Binding Off

Knitted Cast On

Casting on is all about getting stitches onto your needles - and this is the method beginners usually learn first.

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Long Tail Cast On

A very popular method and my personal favourite.

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Old Norwegian Cast On

A very similar method to the long tail cast on, but creates a stretchier edge.

 

How to Bind Off

Learn how to remove the stitches from the needles at the end of a project.

More Basics

What is Knitting?

Learn how knit and purl stitches are formed.

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Knit Stitch & Garter Stitch

The knit stitch is of course vital to knitting, and garter stitch is a pattern made entirely of knit stitches.

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Purl Stitch & Stockinette Stitch

The purl stitch is one of the basic building blocks of knitting, and stockinette stitch is the most recognisable pattern in knitting.

 

Weaving in Yarn Tails

A simple diagram to show how you can hide the yarn tails in the back of your knitting.

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Change to a New Ball of Yarn

How to change to a new ball of yarn when you run out or when you want to change colour.

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How to Knit Yarn Overs

Learn the most common yarn over methods for placing in between knits, purls, or knit and purl stitches.

Knit the Knits & Purl the Purls

Learn to recognise knit and purl stitches just as you're about to work them.

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How to Slip Stitches

A super simple technique that involves passing a stitch between your needles without working it.

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I-Cord

Learn how to knit I-cord, which is basically knitted rope.

Increases

kfb & kfbf

Increase by one or two stitches with these 'knit front and back' methods.

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pfb & pfbf

Increase by one or two stitches with these 'purl front and back' methods.

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Make One (M1)

Increase one by making a new stitch where there wasn't one before.

 

Make One Purl (M1p)

How to do the purl version of the 'make one' increase technique.

Decreases

k2tog & k3tog

Decrease the stitch number by knitting 2 or 3 stitches together.

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p2tog & p3tog

Decrease the stitch number by purling 2 or 3 stitches together.

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ssk & sssk

How to use slip and knit stitches to decrease by one or two stitches.

ssp & sssp

How to use slip and purl stitches to decrease by one or two stitches.

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skpo & sk2po

A single decrease & a double decrease created by slipping, knitting and passing stitches over.

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s2kpo

A centred double decrease created with slip & knit stitches.

 

k2tog tbl & p2tog tbl

Knit or purl 2 stitches together 'through the back loops'.

Knit & Purl Patterns

Ribbing

Knit columns of knit and purl stitches to create a very commonly-used stretchy fabric.

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Seed Stitch

A lovely bumpy pattern made by alternating only knit and purl stitches.

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Moss Stitch

A chunkier version of the seed stitch, this pattern is reversible and very popular.

 

Double Basket Rib

A basketweave layout made up of blocks of ribbing.

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Basketweave

A classic basketweave effect with blocks of garter stitch and stockinette stitch.

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Chevron Garter Stitch

Create raised patterns - like zigzags - in garter stitch, on a background of stockinette stitch.

More Patterns & Textures

Herringbone

A clever chevron pattern which creates a chunky knitted fabric.

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Fisherman's Rib

A very cosy knit that looks like a looser brioche stitch.

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Half Fisherman's Rib

Similar to the Fisherman's Rib, except every other row is just a plain knit row.

Slip Stitch Rib

Slip stitches are very simple and show as elongated stitches in your knitting.

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Brioche Stitch

A lovely squishy stitch and one of my favourites.

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2-Colour Brioche

How to knit brioche stitch but with vertical stripes of alternating colours.

 

Bobbles

Learn how to knit bobbles of different sizes.

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Diamond Shapes

Find patterns for 3 different diamond or leaf shapes.

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Spring Coil Stitch

How to knit little 3D 'springs' of yarn on the front of your work.

Selvedge Patterns & Edgings

 

German Slip Stitch Selvedges

Create neat side edges on your knitting with knits, purls and slip stitches.

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Twisted Chain Slip Stitch Selvedges

Create nice even edges by slipping the first stitch and knitting the last stitch in every row.

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I-Cord Cast On

How to start off your knitting with a chunky I-cord edge.

I-Cord Edging

How to add chunky side edges to your knitting project.

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Double & Triple Selvedges

Patterns for adding a neat 2-stitch or 3-stitch wide selvedge.

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My Mashup Pattern

This is a pattern for very neat selvedges that I made by smushing together 2 other selvedge patterns.

I-Cord Bind Off

See how to complete your project with a chunky bound off edge.

More Techniques

 

Tassels

How to make and add tassels to your knitting - 2 different ways.

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Learn Continental Knitting

The English method of knitting is what I normally use, but on this page you can learn more about how the Continental method works.

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Continental vs. English Knitting

A quick comparison of the 2 most popular knitting methods.

Metal Scales

Learn to attach metal scales to your knitting for a fun

Lace Knitting

Simple Eyelets

This is the first stop for beginners to lace knitting; how to make a simple eyelet.

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Eyelet Stripe Lace

Learn to knit vertical columns of eyelet stitches.

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Chevron Lace

A pretty zigzag pattern of eyelets.

 

Triple Chevron Lace

A delicate zigzag pattern with a trio of eyelet lines.

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Tulip Lace

This popular and traditional pattern is also called quatrefoil or diamond lace.

Cable Knitting

 

Colour Work

 

Knitting Stripes

Part I

Learn how to change yarn and alternate between 2 different colours.

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Knitting Stripes

Part II

Take a closer look at the different ways you can carry yarn up the side of your work.

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Knitting Stripes

Part III

Watch how I knit with 3 different colours now, and still carry the yarns up the side.

Fair Isle for Beginners

How to get started creating lovely Fair Isle patterns.

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Converting

Fair Isle Charts

A guide to converting Fair Isle charts from circular to flat charts, and vice versa.

Fixing Mistakes

 

Lifelines

This is a prevention method for knitting mistakes, so that when do a boo-boo, you can then easily fix it!

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