Feb 22

Discover Knitting for Beginners

I have already covered what the basic knitting yarn is for knitting and now I’m taking it a little bit further by explaining knitting for the beginners.

Knitting is really fun and easy to follow. If it’s your fist time knitting I would suggest that you exercise a few rows of knitting before choosing a difficult pattern. I started off by knitting some scarfs and small Teddie bears. Its basically the same stitches and rows over and over but that’s the easiest way to learned.

First we need to cover what you will be needing to start knitting.

1. Knitting Needles:

Your needles actually makes a big difference when you knit. As the size will depend how loose or tight your stitches will be and depending on your design what type of needles to use.

Straight: the one end of the neelde has a sharp point and the other end has a knob so that the stitches can’t fall off. These needles are the most common ones used and are mostly used for flat patterns.

Circular: these needles can be used for flat and circular knitting. The two straight needles are connected with a flexible plastic cord and that forms the circular shape.

Double-pointed: Both ends on the needle has sharp points. Most of the time seamless items are knitted example socks.

Knitting needles

Different Knitting Needles

2. Needle sizes:

Knitting needle sizes

Knitting Needle Sizes

3. Yarn:

The most popular yarn that’s being used is wool. Wool is nice and warm for any type of item you want to knit especially in winter. Wool can be bought at most fabric shops. Just check what type of wool you are buying as you get different types and some are more expensive than others.

After we have our tools we can start with the basic knitting terms

Cast on: this is the first step to create a row of stitches on you needle.

Knit: this is the basic stitch.

Purl: this is the reverse of the knit stitch and most of the time when knitting you combine these 2 stitches.

OK, now let’s start knitting.

Cast a few stitches, lets say about 25. The needle with the 25 stitches, hold that in your left hand. Now with your right hand needle, push the needle through the first stitch on your left hand. Bring the loose yarn under and over your needle. Draw the yarn through the stitch and slip the loop off the left hand needle. Now your new stitch is on your right hand needle, you are starting to knit your first row of stitches.

Now when we have to purl its a little bit different. You need to insert your right needle from left to right through the stitch. When you bring the yarn under and over it needs to be done counterclockwise. Pull the yarn back through your stitch and slip it off your left needle onto the right needle.

Just continue these same steps and in no time you will see that you have learn how to knit. These are the knitting for beginners steps and hope this made things a little better to understand and learn.

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