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Get the stitches on your needle and learn to knit at the same time by performing the knit cast on. This easy cast on method includes a lesson on forming a slip knot.
All you need to know to learn to knit all in one place. This guide covers casting on, knitting instructions and troubleshooting, as well as guiding you to patterns that are great for beginners.
Stockinette stitch is one of the most basic knitting stitches out there, and it is one of the first stitch patterns most people learn.
There are so many different ways to cast on, and all of those ways seem to have multiple names. This list aims to clear up some of the confusion in vocabulary and direct you to tutorials where you can learn the different cast on methods.
Did you know bed sizes are different in different countries? If you want to design your own knitted blankets, here are some guidelines for blanket sizes to help you know how big to make your blankets.
Blocking knitting is a great way to smooth out imperfections in your knitting, to make pieces uniform in size and to make garments look and fit better. Learn how to block your knitting and enjoy better looking projects.
Wrapping the yarn around the cardboard is what makes your pom-pom take shape.
Different yarns are said to have different weights, or thicknesses, and different weights of yarns are used for different types of projects. Learn what the different weights are and how to use them.
Knitting with circular knitting needles makes it possible to knit larger pieces than you could fit on straight needles and to work in the round so you don't have to seam garments and other items. Here's how to get started with circs.
This collection of free knitting patterns offers great choices for beginning knitters. Knit up something that doesn't look like a new knitter made it!
Learn how to knit the knit stitch using the English (sometimes called right-handed or
The basic bulky Garter Stitch scarf is a classic first knitting project and with good reason. Straight knitting and a quickly finished project will give you confidence to continue, and it's a handsome enough result that you'll want to use it or give it as a gift.
Learn all you need to know in order to knit your first sweater and get a look at some easy patterns for your first time out.
Knitting stripes is a simple way to add color to your knitting, but some new knitters aren't sure how to go about changing colors when knitting stripes. Here's how you knit stripes. Page 2.
These simple mittens, sized for toddlers and bigger kids, are the perfect canvas for embellishment, or leave them plain for a quick and simple knit.
Once you've knitted in the front of the stitch, you also need to knit in the back of the stitch to complete the increase.
Yarn over, abbreviated YO, is an easy way to increase your stitches by making a hole in your knitting.
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Binding off, sometimes also called casting off, is the way to finish a knitting project so all your hard work doesn't unravel.
A gallery of some easy knitting patterns to help new knitters make projects with confidence.
Seed Stitch is a fun and simple stitch pattern that makes raised stitch areas that look like seeds.
Knitting needles come in many different sizes, and those sizes can be labeled in several different ways. Here are the basics you need to know about sizing knitting needles.
SSK or slip, slip, knit is an easy way to decrease the number of stitches on your knitting needle. This makes a decrease that leans to the left.
Weaving in ends is a necessary part of any knitting project. A lot of knitters don't like these finishing tasks, but they are necessary if you want a knitted item that looks good and is going to last.
Entrelac knitting can seem complicated at first because there are so many different pieces required to form the knit fabric. But once you've done it a time or two you'll understand how it works and it will become much easier for you.
All knitters who travel wonder if they can take their knitting on a plane. The answer is yes, but there are some guidelines to make knitting on a plane safer and easier.
Garter stitch is the most basic pattern stitch out there, but it is actually quite useful for scarves, washcloths and other utilitarian projects.
This easy take on a mobius scarf or infinity scarf is worked with a twist on purpose and is great to wear wrapped once or twice around your neck for tons of warmth.
Double knitting is a fun way to produce a reversible colored fabric that's two layers thick with layers that are knit at the same time.
Sometimes when working short rows, as on the heel of a sock, you will be told to wrap and turn in the middle of a row. It's easy to do a wrap and turn on the knit side of the work.
There are so many knitting tools out there, it's hard to know what you really need in order to get started. This quick guide should help.
As in any kind of cast on method, to make the wrap cast on you have to make a loop. Here's how you start.
Fair Isle, or, more accurately, stranded knitting, is an easy technique for working two colors of yarn in the same row. You simply carry the yarn you aren't working with across the back of the work, leaving a strand of yarn across the back.
Color knitting is a lot of fun and there are many different ways to add color to your knitting. Here's an overview of some of the most popular ways to use more than one color when knitting.
This easy Basketweave Scarf is a great project for learning to knit and purl on the same row, and it makes a super warm scarf in no time at all.
Starting intarsia on the knit side is not too difficult, you just need to remember that when you change colors you are picking up a new strand of yarn, not working from the yarn that's already attached to the ball.
Reading a knitting chart is a basic of multi-colored knitting, but it can be a little intimidating for new knitters. Here are some basics on how to read a knitting chart.
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.
Knitting Abbreviations Don't Get Lost in Translation One of the most frustrating things for beginning
Some of my favorite hat knitting patterns from about About.com for babies, kids, men and women.
Everyone needs more washcloths and dishcloths, and these little projects are a great way to try out a new stitch pattern or decorate for the holidays. They make great gifts, too.
Once you've cast on the number of stitches you need for your picot bind off, you can actually begin making the first point of the bind off.
This Halloween bag is the perfect thing for a treat bag or even to use as a purse in the days before the big event. It's a simple knit bag with a Jack-o'-lantern face stitched on, then felted for durability.
The long-tail cast on method is one of the most popular cast on methods in knitting. While it takes a little fancy fingerwork, it's quick and easy once you know how to do it.
Many stitch patterns are easy to convert to knitting in the round if you want to make a project that is knit circularly instead of knitting it flat. Here are some tips to get you started converting pattern stitches to knit in the round.
Needle felting is a fun and easy way to add texture and color to knit and felted fabric. It's not difficult to do, but a few needle felting tips will help you to be successful.
The purl stitch is the second stitch you learn in knitting, and it makes it possible to form knit fabric in Stockinette Stitch or ribbing. The method for purling is sort of the opposite of knitting.
Use this tutorial to learn how to do a simple bind off with more stretch than a regular bind off.
This free knitting pattern for a moss stitch lap afghan is a quick and easy project for beginners, and you can make it as large as you want just by using more 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.
Use this pattern to make an absolutely basic baby sweater in garter stitch. This simple double-breasted sweater pattern is available in sizes preemie to six months, and features modified drop sleeves, a square neck and wooden duffel coat toggles.
It's a rarity that I ever manage to a review a book even when it's new, let alone before it even comes out. Martin Storey's Floral Knits isn't due until May,
This men's ribbed hat is very easy to knit and offers a classic style that even the most knit-phobic guy will like. Knit slightly shorter (or with the bottom edge turned up) this hat would also fit a woman.
Looking for quick knitting patterns? Here are some good, free, easy knitting patterns that you can use when you need a quick gift or just want a project that's pretty close to instant gratification.
Sometimes you might be asked to yarn over between two purl stitches. This isn't any more difficult than any other yarn over, but it's not entirely intuitive. Page 2.
Scarves are very popular knitting projects and easy to design yourself, but many knitters who go their own way wonder how long a knit scarf should be.
Teaching children to knit can be a wonderful bonding experience, or it can be full of frustration. Like other things we try to teach children, the child's attitude and level of development play a big role in whether we'll be successful.
Linen stitch is a nice, firm knitting stitch pattern that looks similar to the woven fabric called linen. It's a great reversible pattern perfect for bags, scarves and just about anything else you can think of.
If you need an infusion of bright colors and cheery projects in your life, look no further than Arne & Carlos Knit-and-Crochet Garden. To me this book is
This week we had what I hope will be the last cold snap of the winter, so I'm feeling even more than I already was that spring needs to go ahead and get here
Hanks, balls, and skeins are all common ways of buying yarn, but what are the differences?
Substituting yarns is something every knitter has to do from time to time. Learn how to substitute yarns with ease and confidence.
Turning a heel is probably the part that most keeps people from knitting socks. Don't be scared! It's actually pretty easy to turn a sock heel once you understand what the instructions are asking you to do.
Use this free pattern to make ruffled leg warmers in toddler and child sizes. Made seamlessly in one piece, they have a tapered leg and ruffled hem.
Materials: 1 skein of Elann.com Peruvian Highland Wool in shade 1004 Pumpkin, or about 100 yards of medium/worsted
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.
This super easy pattern takes you through the basics of sock knitting on a small scale with large needles. It aims to get you comfortable with all the techniques needed to knit socks without having to worry about knitting on tiny needles or if the finished sock will actually fit on a foot.
These easy and quick to knit bulky fingerless gloves can be worked up in an afternoon to keep your hands warm or for a near-instant gift.
Knitting patterns often seem like they are written in code. Here are some tips for reading your first knitting patterns.
Make one or M1 is a common increase that's mostly invisible. It can be a little tricky the first couple of times, as it is a little tight, but once you get the hang of it you'll be using make one everywhere you don't want your increases to be obvious.
Even if you aren't skilled at crochet, you can use a simple single crochet to make a decorative border on a knitting project.
Feather and Fan is a classic knitting stitch pattern that makes a scalloped edge and rows of lacy fans.
These toe-up Stockinette socks are great socks for learning the basics of toe-up knitting. They use the Turkish Cast on, a short-row heel and a stretchy bind off for a perfect fit.
Use this free pattern to knit a Basic Hat, made in bulky weight yarn in Stockinette Stitch with a ribbed brim.
Flat hats are a great way to make a quick project without the worry of having to work with circular and/or double-pointed knitting needles. This ribbed hat has a little bit of shaping at the top for a snug fit and is perfect for cool days.
Felting a knitting project is a great way to make something knit more sturdy and to bring a whole different texture. Here's how, using a washing machine.
If you're looking for the warmest scarves to get you through the coldest winters, look no further than this compilation of the best scarf knitting patterns for cold weather.
New knitters might wonder whether they should learn to knit in the English or continental style of knitting, while those who have learned one technique might want to know if it's worth it to learn the other style. Here are the major differences between continental and English knitting and why it pays to know both.
Cable needles are small but helpful items when you want to knit cables. Here's a quick look at what cable needles are and when you can do without them.
Stockinette Stitch is one of the most basic stitches in knitting, which means it often goes unexplained in knitting patterns.
Brioche Stitch makes a fluffy, squishy, adaptable pattern that's fun to knit and even more fun to play with. It's great for scarves, afghans or even as ribbing on a sweater or other project.
The second stitch in the cable cast on is formed as if you were knitting a stitch.
Double moss stitch, sometimes also called double seed stitch, is a knitting stitch pattern very similar to the box stitch that looks like alternating rows of double ribbing.
Entrelac knitting is a lot of fun once you get the basics down, and this entrelac pouch is a great way to learn the skills on a quick and cute little project you can use to hold essentials.
German twisted cast on, sometimes referred to as Old Norwegian cast on, is a great, stretchy cast on method that is perfect for socks. It's a little tricky at first but you will love to use it.
If you don't have the double-pointed needles you need to knit a sock, or just don't like fussing with all those pointy ends, you can also knit one sock at a time with two circular knitting needles. Here's how you go about setting up and knitting a sock on two circulars.
This super quick and easy ribbed scarf is the perfect last-minute project for a gift or a great way to warm yourself or a family member all winter long. Make the scarf even longer (or better suited for a man) by omitting the fringe.
Washcloths and dish towels are a lot of fun to make. They are quick projects and completely useful. This stockinette stitch washcloth has a seed stitch border to keep it from curling.
This quick-to-knit bottle cozy is a great first Fair Isle knitting project because it's a small project worked in the round, making the pattern easier to follow. It uses a classic design and is a very useful project if you ever drink from bottles.
A rolled brim hat is a about the simplest hat design there is, but it's a really cute project that is perfect for a colorful, chunky yarn and when you need to get a hat knit in a hurry.
This Candle Flame Cowl uses a lovely lacy pattern to add interest, but the bulky yarn means you'll still be cozy even though there are a few holes in your finished project.
Use this free pattern to make a Cocoon for your baby. Sized for newborns and useful as a wearable blanket or swaddle, this is ideal especially ideal as a photography prop for newborn portraits.
This free knitting pattern for a cabled headband and earwarmer is an easy way to learn how to knit cables and a perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.
I-cord seems difficult until you know how to do it, and once you learn how to make an I-cord, you'll come up with tons of reasons to use them.
Use this free pattern to make a lacy cotton shrug for your baby. Sized from 12 months to 6 years, this is an ideal introduction to lace knitting.
Use this free knitting pattern to make a Personalized Christmas stocking. This stocking features bold stripes, a short-row heel, a Kitchener Stitch toe, I-cord edges and Duplicate Stitch lettering.
This free knitting pattern for Baby Aran Booties is available in sizes 0-3 months and 3-6 months. It features a rope cable pattern and is designed to match the Baby Aran Body Suit and Baby Aran Hat perfectly.
Some patterns say you should pick up stitches, while some say to pick up and knit. This is what they mean
Garter Stitch is easy to knit in the round, but it's not quite as easy as knitting it flat.
Pass slipped stitch over, often abbreviated PSSO, is an easy way to get rid of a stitch that's often used when two stitches are being decreased at once.
Sometimes you'll find a great pattern for a knit hat that you really love, but maybe it's not the right size to fit the person you are knitting for. Resizing a hat pattern is not all that difficult, but it does involve some math (and the dreaded gauge swatch).
Knitting with different colors is easier than you might think. This quick tutorial will show you how to knit with color and make stripes.
Why would you use the Frilled Cast On?
To continue to set up for the Kitchener Stitch, you must sew through a stitch on the back needle as well.
Most knitters learn to knit small projects in the round using double-pointed needles, but many prefer to knit in the round using two circular needles instead. This tutorial will show you how to knit in the round with two circular needles. Page 2.
To begin shaping the triangle you'll both increase and decrease stitches on the purl side to make a wedge-shaped piece of knitting that ultimately contributes to entrelac with straight side edges.
Double-pointed needles are the tool of choice when knitting a small circular object such as a sock. But they can be a little tricky to deal with. Here are some tips to help you use double-pointed needles.
Learn all about how to shape mitered squares in knitting with this article from Creative Knitting magazine's editor Kara Gott Warner.
This free knitting pattern for a seed stitch baby hat is quick and easy to knit up and includes sizing for preemies and newborns. The textured stitch makes the hat stretchy, and the cotton yarn makes it perfect for a new mom.
This is a very easy hat pattern that makes a slouchy, fun hat for teens or adults. Three sizes are given, so you can knit it big or small.
Knitting two socks on two circular needles at the same time is a great way to avoid second sock syndrome, and it's not as difficult as you might think. This tutorial takes you through the basics of knitting two at a time socks, as well as providing a sample pattern to practice with.
Continental knitting, sometimes also referred to as German knitting or picking knitting, is one of the most common ways to knit.
Duplicate stitch is an easy way to add color to a basic stockinette stitch fabric. It's somewhat similar to cross stitch, but makes Vs instead of Xs.
Knitting with two (or more) strands at once can be a little frustrating, but the results are often well worth it.
Felting with the use of a washing machine is the preferred method because it is quick and easy, but if you don't have access to a machine, you can felt by hand with these tips.
Nearly every knitting pattern warns you to be sure to check your gauge. Learn why it is important to check your gauge.
This free knitting pattern is a quick and easy knitting pattern for a woven pattern scarf.
Reading your knitting, or knowing the difference between what a knit stitch looks like and what a purl stitch looks like, is a necessary step to becoming a proficient knitter.
Baby booties or baby socks are a great present for a new little one, and they're super quick to knit as well. This basic pattern leaves lots of room for embellishment, from changing the stitch pattern to adding embroidery when they're finished.
Use this pattern to make a toddler ballet wrap cardigan for little girls aged two to four. This toddler ballet wrap cardigan has set in sleeves, attached I-cord ties, and an eyelet pattern.
A twisted cord is an interesting way to finish a knitting project, whether you need a cord to use as a tie, a handle or for some other sort of embellishment.
This skinny Garter Stitch scarf is a great first knitting project for kids and adults alike, providing plenty of practice in forming the knit stitch while also offering a relatively quick-to-finish project that can be used as a scarf or belt.
This Baby Aran Body Suit free knitting pattern is available in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months. It features allover cable patterning and button closures.
This free knitting pattern is for an easy-to-knit farrow rib scarf.
Knitting a border onto an afghan or blanket after you've worked the main body is a great way to add cohesion and a literal border to your work.
A Stockinette Stitch sock is as easy as sock knitting gets, and is a great way for new sock knitters to focus on the instructions without getting distracted by a complex pattern stitch.
A gallery of some easy knitting patterns to help new knitters make projects with confidence. Page 7.
The box stitch is an easy knitting stitch that makes a fabric with a lot of texture. This scarf uses the stitch to make a chenille yarn a little more interesting.
Aran Honeycomb, also known as a Chain Cable when only one repeat is knit in an area, is a very cool cabled pattern that gives a honeycomb look to your knitted fabric. Learn to knit the Aran Honeycomb.
Once you have the needles in position it's time to loop the yarn around the needle and begin the Turkish cast on.
Sometimes a knitting pattern is almost perfect, but you might have a different kind of yarn or want to change the size a little bit. Here are some thoughts on adjusting knitting patterns in minor ways.
Many knitters and those who wear knits are sensitive to the scratchy nature of wool, while others have a true wool allergy. What is a wool allergy and how can you find out if you're allergic or just sensitive?
Use these Alphabet Charts to personalize your knitting and add words, slogans, names or initials to your knitted gifts.
Now you're ready to actually begin the I-cord bind off. A simple procedure gets the stitches moving and your bind off working into a tube shape.
Knitting stripes can cause the extra hassle of having a lot of ends to weave in, but if your stripes are narrow you can carry the yarn you aren't working with up the side of the project.
This Little Aran Vest pattern is available in sizes ranging from newborn to 24 months. This pullover vest features an allover cable pattern and v-neck.
This flat hat is a super simple and cute way to welcome a new baby (up to a year) and use up a fun yarn in your stash at the same time. This is a great first hat project, and would make a good second or third knitting project.
Knitting a hat flat is an easy way for beginners to learn to make hats, and it's also a quick way for established knitters to finish a project on the double. Knit with Ozark Handspun, this hat looks much fancier than it is.
Eyelash yarn or fun fur is a great product that is like nothing else you've worked with. A quick and easy scarf made of this fun yarn is reminiscent of a feather boa and brings a bit of pizzazz to your everyday wardrobe.
Slip stitch honeycomb, also known as loop stitch, is an easy pattern using slipped stitches to make texture on the other side of the work that looks like a honeycomb of diagonal lines.
Bamboo stitch is an interesting but relatively easy knitting stitch that involves slipping a yarn over over two knit stitches, making an interesting texture.
Mattress stitch is a very easy and sharp-looking way to join two pieces of Stockinette Stitch into a virtually seamless whole.
Knitting mistakes happen, whether they're a single knit where you should have purled or a problem with a pattern. Here are some tips on how to fix them.
Bobbles are a relatively common way to add dimensional texture to a piece of knitting. They involve increasing several times in the same stitch, turning the work, purling back and decreasing those stitches immediately.
Using two colors to cast on is a great way to start a double knitting project, a pattern that starts with corrugated ribbing or just as a fun accent to a two-color project.
To begin an SKP decrease, slip the first stitch of the decrease as if to knit.
This super-easy and quick knitting pattern for a woman's sampler hat uses Garter Stitch, Stockinette and Reverse Stockinette in a super-bulky yarn for lots of texture and interest.
If you've ever wanted to make your own knitting chart for a motif but aren't sure where to begin, this quick tutorial will get you started.
These easy little socks were designed for preemies, but are sized up to full-term babies as well. The simple rib and Stockinette combo means they'll whip up in a hurry as a gift for a baby of any size.
Sometimes you can't tell just be looking what size a needle is. Here's a foolproof way to make sure you're always knitting with the right sized needles.