Here are some basic instructions on how to knit for beginners.
While lots of people consider knitting outdated and something that only old people do, I am constantly amazed at how many people are knitting again or even learning to knit.
It is a good thing to know how to knit, as you can relax and get your mind off all the worries of the day. Even sitting and knitting for a little while each day can relieve so much of your stress. Knitting is very good for the brain as you get to work parts of it that you don’t often work, namely the creative side.
The great thing about knitting is that once you have learned how to do it, you can do it anywhere – from in front of the TV to waiting in the Doctors Rooms. In fact, the more that you do it, the more addictive it gets. I usually only get a chance to knit while I wait for my daughter to finish her extramural activities. Rather than waste time sitting waiting, may as well do something constructive.
How To Knit For Beginners
Beginners who are interested in knitting should follow basic knitting instructions like practicing with light weight knitting needles and using light weight yarn. This will help you with your accuracy and evenness, which comes with a bit of practice. Knitting basically consists of an interlocking series of loops, which gives the fabric its characteristic elasticity.
Start with a basic garter stitch, and once you have mastered this, you can learn the more fancy stitches. When you knit garter stitch, just remember in, over, through and off. There are four steps to knit each stitch. Although it is slow going at first, as you practice, you will get faster and faster.
Learning the art of casting on, is one of the most important knitting stitches you can learn.
To make a good strong cast on, all you have to do is make a slip loop over your left needle, then pass the right needle through the loop, from the left to the right. Take the yarn under and over the right needle, then pull the yarn through the loop and take it on the left needle, by pulling the left needle through the loop in the right to left direction. You can repeat these steps to get the desired number of stitches on your left needle. When starting out, start off with 5 to 10 stitches just to practice with.
Here is a video that will explain the process more clearly for you.
Purl Stitch and Garter Stitch
Purl stitch and garter stitch are two of the most important and most common stitches required for knitting. The knitting instructions for the knit stitch are simple and easy to learn. After getting the desired amount of cast on stitches, you have to insert the right needle into the first loop on the left needle, in a left to right direction, with the yarn under and over the right needles.
Then draw the yarn and let the first stitch slip off, repeat the steps until no stitches remain on your left needles. To create the garter stitch, you have to repeat the plain knitting back and forth. This creates a work which is alike on both the sides.
This video is great at explaining how to knit for beginners.
To do purl stitch, bring the yarn in front of the needle and pull the right-hand needle in the first loop, on the left needle, in the right to left direction. Passing the yarn around the back of the right needle, draw the loop backward to allow the stitch to slip. But always keep in mind that the yarn should be in front of the work. Purl is the opposite of garter stitch.
Once you master these two stitches, you can also try stocking stitch, which is one row of purl stitch and one row of plain stitch. This gives the knitting its characteristic jersey look that you always see in the shops.
Once you start practicing your knitting talents, you can even learn the increasing and decreasing method, or the methods of binding off.
All these methods help you in creating variations in your knitting projects.
How To Increase and Decrease Your Stitches
By following some simple knitting instructions, you can also learn weaving the stocking stitch. Using a darning needle, join the ends of the piece. Draw the yarn through the first stitch on the upper piece, by inserting the needles from the wrong side. Then insert the needles from the right side of the lower piece in the first stitch.
By working in this manner you can weave the two pieces of the project using the stocking stitch. Just make sure that you fasten your yarn before breaking it off.
How To Cast Off
Here is a video that will show you clearly how to cast off, or as some call it to bind off.
I trust this helped you with your question on how to knit for beginners.
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