How to knit

Learning how to knit requires patience and attention to detail, but can easily be done with practice. Knitting is transferring stitches of yarn from one needle to another to create a finished garment or other project. To learn how to knit, you will need two knitting needles and a skine of yarn to practice casting on and stitching. Casting on refers to placing the number of stitches in any pattern onto an empty needle to begin. A basic slipknot is the first stitch, followed by the number specified in a pattern, or the number of stitches you want to practice with.

There are several different stitches you can learn when learning how to knit. The basic stitch is purl or knit stitch. There are also cable stitches, open stitches, edge stitches, and reversible stitches. The best way to learn different stitches is with diagrams and practice.

Knitting needles come in different sizes that will effect the tightness of each stitch - the smaller the diameter of the needle, the tighter the stitch. Some patterns will specify the size of the needle required, but with experience you can choose what you prefer. Patterns also specify the number of stitches you create and will often require counting stitches of one or more color. This is where it is important to pay attention to detail so as not to alter the pattern.

Yarn is sold in every color imaginable and in a variety of fiber combinations. The least expensive and most durable is polyester. Also very common are polyester/cotton hybrid yarn, 100% cotton, and wool yarns. Wool is often more expensive, but is a warmer material choice for blankets or scarves.

Once you’ve chosen a pair of knitting needles and your yarn, you’re ready to learn how to knit. View online resources or check a library or bookstore for books that show step by step diagrams of casting on and basic stitches. It takes a great deal of practice, especially to learn round edges and finishing stitches, but is well worth the effort when you can create hand-stitched items unique to you.