Knitting: Most Popular Articles
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.
Stockinette stitch is one of the most basic knitting stitches out there, and it is one of the first stitch patterns most people learn.
Before your pom-pom is complete you have to be able to get it off the cardboard. Tying an additional piece of yarn to the wrapped piece will make this possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This simple Stockinette Stitch hat pattern, sized for newborns to large adults, is a great entry-level, plain vanilla, learn to knit a hat pattern.
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.
Learn how to knit the knit stitch using the English (sometimes called right-handed or
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A gallery of some easy knitting patterns to help new knitters make projects with confidence.
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.
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.
Seed Stitch is a fun and simple stitch pattern that makes raised stitch areas that look like seeds.
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.
Some of my favorite hat knitting patterns from about About.com for babies, kids, men and women.
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.
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.
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.
Yarn over, abbreviated YO, is an easy way to increase your stitches by making a hole in your knitting.
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.
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.
Binding off, sometimes also called casting off, is the way to finish a knitting project so all your hard work doesn't unravel.
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.
Use this free pattern to knit a Basic Hat, made in bulky weight yarn in Stockinette Stitch with a ribbed brim.
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.
Design your own hat with this simple guide to swatching, measuring and knitting the perfect hat for you.
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.
Use this tutorial to learn how to do a simple bind off with more stretch than a regular bind off.
The first real step in every knitting project is making loops of yarn on the needle so that you can knit. This is known as casting on. There are many different methods for casting on, but a couple are best for new knitters.
These free knitting patterns for Christmas knitting projects will allow you to decorate your home in knits. From stockings to ornaments, knit tinsel and more, you can deck the halls with lots of knitting and with ease.
Hanks, balls, and skeins are all common ways of buying yarn, but what are the differences?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the knit side, stranded knitting doesn't look or feel all that different from regular knitting, you're just changing the color of yarn you are working with as you go.
Knitting Abbreviations Don't Get Lost in Translation One of the most frustrating things for beginning
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.
This easy Moss Stitch Headband is full of texture and is a great way to show of a bit of hand-dyed yarn that might be a little more colorful than your usual wardrobe.
Once you've cast on for your sock, you need to join the stitches in the round so that you will have a seamless sock when you are done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This free knitting pattern is for an easy-to-knit farrow rib scarf.
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).
Even if you aren't skilled at crochet, you can use a simple single crochet to make a decorative border on a knitting project.
This free knitting pattern is a quick and easy knitting pattern for a woven pattern scarf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The second stitch in the cable cast on is formed as if you were knitting a stitch.
To begin to form a stitch in German twisted cast on, place the needle behind the yarn on your thumb.
Use these Alphabet Charts to personalize your knitting and add words, slogans, names or initials to your knitted gifts.
The scarf hat (or hat scarf) is a combination hat and scarf where the scarf is attached to the hat like ear flaps. This is the ultimate cold-weather accessory because there is no way for the wind to get to your ears or neck since there's no space between the hat and scarf.
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.
A gallery of free knitting patterns for scarves that are available from About.
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.
Use this free pattern to make a Baby Santa Hat, made in two different yarn weights and knit in the round in Garter and Stockinette stitch. It is available in preemie and infant sizes.
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.
To make the first leg of the V you are trying to duplicate with your duplicate stitch, put the needle through the stitch above.
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.
This basic two-color Christmas stocking is the perfect blank canvas for a duplicate stitch motif, embroidery or any other embellishment you might want to add. Its slender size and bulky weight yarn make it a quick and easy holiday knit.
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.
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.
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?
Feather and Fan is a classic knitting stitch pattern that makes a scalloped edge and rows of lacy fans.
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.
Now that you have stitches ready to be knit, they need to be divided so that some are on each of your circular needles in order to be able to knit them easily.
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Knitting with two (or more) strands at once can be a little frustrating, but the results are often well worth it.
To felt by hand, all you really need to do is get some hot water in a small receptacle and agitate it. The sink is a good choice for small projects.
How to make a frill in the Frilled Cast On method.
This easy cabled hat is great for teens or women with smaller sized heads. The simple cables are quick to work up and stylish throughout the cooler months.
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.
Trinity Stitch, also sometimes called cluster or bramble stitch, is a cool textured pattern that requires knitting, purling and knitting again all in the same stitch. Once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun.
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.
Substituting yarns is something every knitter has to do from time to time. Learn how to substitute yarns with ease and confidence.
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.
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.
Nearly every circular knitting pattern out there advises you not to twist the stitches when you join in the round. What happens if you get a twist, and can you fix it?
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.
This OXO Scarf is the perfect pattern for a little girl to wear around Valentine's Day, or really any other time of year. The OXO cable is easy to remember, and the super soft yarn may convince your little one it's acceptable to wear a scarf.
What's the difference between the common texture patterns Seed Stitch and Moss Stitch? Here's any easy comparison to spot which is which.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To continue to set up for the Kitchener Stitch, you must sew through a stitch on the back needle as well.
Nearly every knitting pattern warns you to be sure to check your gauge. Learn why it is important to check your gauge.
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.
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.
Turn basic scarf knitting on its head with a Horizontal Scarf. Knit side to side rather than lengthwise, you'll be finished in just a few rows. It's a great way to use up largish scraps of yarn, too.
Forming the knit stitch in continental knitting involves a movement of the index finger to move the yarn into place.
These easy ribbed legwarmers use two different kinds of ribbing and three different sizes of knitting needles to make shaping easy and comfortable.
This cute, quick and easy bulky knit cat hat is great for dress up or keeping warm any time of year.
Popcorn stitch or knit popcorn is an easy way to add a textured embellishment to knit fabric. It's technically different from bobbles but gives a similar look to the finished piece.
This candy-striped stocking hat in red and white reminds me of a candy cane and would be a great variation on the traditional Santa hat.
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.
Stockinette Stitch is one of the most basic stitches in knitting, which means it often goes unexplained in knitting patterns.
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.
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.
Knitting a scarf with a bunch of different yarns on huge needles is a quick and easy way to finish a project. Choosing yarns that are all in the same color makes for an interesting look and the perfect gift for someone when you knit them a scarf in their favorite color.
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.
Knitting with different colors is easier than you might think. This quick tutorial will show you how to knit with color and make stripes.
Garter stitch scarf knitting pattern.
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.
Knitting a letter into a knitting project is a great way to personalize a baby blanket, a sweater or a bag. These simple block letters are made to be about six inches square when worked in a medium-weight yarn.
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.
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.
Ripple Stitch is a fun and easy knitting stitch, and this Ripple Stitch Scarf knit in bulky yarn knits up in a flash for gift giving or almost-instant warmth.
Bamboo stitch is an interesting but relatively easy knitting stitch that involves slipping a yarn over over two knit stitches, making an interesting texture.
A gallery of some easy knitting patterns to help new knitters make projects with confidence. Page 7.
Moss Stitch is a fun little pattern that makes little bunches of raised stitches that have a look reminiscent of moss. It's a cute pattern that is very simple to complete.
This easy baby blanket looks more dramatic than it is thanks to the use of simple slip stitches with the yarn in front to make a ladder-like pattern that adds texture to Stockinette Stitch.
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.
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.
Making tassels for knitting projects is a fun and easy way to embellish projects, making them a little more special and interesting than they might be otherwise. Here's a really quick way to make tassels for any project.
If you're looking for a great gift for a fellow crafter, this list should give you some good ideas.