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Everything you always wanted to know about knitting and purling but didn't know who to ask. From how to cast on and bind off to making basic pattern stitches, learn the skills to start knitting right away.
  1. Bind Offs (7)
  2. Casting On (11)
  3. Decreasing Stitches (10)
  4. Finishing Touches (21)
  5. Increasing Stitches (5)
  6. Knitting Questions (11)
  7. Knitting Tips (5)
  8. Knitting and Purling (13)
  9. Stitch Glossary (137)
  10. Swatch Knitting (4)

Learn to Knit - Knitting for Beginners
If you're new to knitting, this guide will provide you all the information you need to learn to knit, pick your first project, deal with problems and more.

Your First Knitting Project
If you're still learning how to knit or are a very new knitter, this step-by-step guide to knitting a simple Garter Stitch square should help you understand the basics. When you're done, you can use the swatch as a coaster.

Tips for Beginners: Reading a Pattern
Knitting patterns often seem like they are written in code. Here are some tips for reading your first knitting patterns.

Knitting Patterns for Beginners
Choosing patterns as a new knitter can be nerve-wracking. How do you know what will be easy when you barely know how to read a pattern? These five patterns are easy, fun and not at all boring.

All About Knitting Skill Level
Understanding the skill level of knitting patterns can help you find patterns that you'll be able to knit easily as well as let you know when you're going to be stretching your skills.

How to Join a New Ball of Yarn
Joining a new ball of yarn to your project is an essential skill if you want to knit something bigger than one skein of yarn will allow. There are a few different ways to join start a new yarn ball, and here are couple of the most popular.

Felted Yarn Join
When you're working with an animal hair fiber yarn like wool, alpaca or llama, you can easily and seamlessly join a new ball of yarn by felting the two yarns together, also known as a spit join.

Why Did You Learn How to Knit - Readers Share Their Learn to …
Readers share how and why they learned to knit.

Why Do You Knit - Reasons Why Knitters Knit
There are many reasons to knit beyond just producing your own garments and knit items for family members, friends and charity. Share your reasons for knitting and read why other knitters knit.

Learn to Knit: Knitting Abbreviations
Knitting abbreviations can sometimes confuse both new and seasoned knitters. Here's a list of common abbreviations, as well as some you may never see.

Knit the Knits and Purl the Purls
Sometimes in a pattern instead of specific instructions you'll see something that says to knit the knits and purl the purls as you see them. Find out what that means.

Winding a Ball from a Hank of Yarn
Many luxury yarns are sold in hanks, which must be wound into balls before you can knit with them. Here's a quick and easy way to handle a hank of yarn.

6 Ways to Find More Time to Knit
If you're looking for ways to make more time in your day for knitting, check out this list, complete with bonus ways to get even more time for crafting.

Reading Your Knitting
Understanding what a knit stitch and purl stitch look like on the needles and in a knit fabric is an important step toward being able to recognize and fix mistakes.

Proper Stitch Orientation
Getting your stitches on the needle facing the right way ensures that your stitches won't be twisted when you knit them, but what is the right stitch orientation?

Shaping Garter Stitch
Increasing and decreasing in Garter Stitch doesn't require any special techniques and the shaping usually disappears pretty well in this bumpy fabric.

How to Knit Garter Stitch in the Round
Working Garter Stitch in the round isn't difficult, but it may seem a little counterintuitive at first.

Garter Stitch Knitting
Essentially everything you need to know about knitting Garter Stitch, including tips on shaping, seaming, knitting in the round and more.

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