Free Knitting Tutorial For Beginners
Welcome to Laws of Knitting!
You will be learning how to knit through the written word, pictures and everyone’s favorite… knitting videos. If you have any questions along the way please feel free to contact me through my blog, posting on my Facebook page, tweeting through Twitter, on Google+, and even in my Etsy and Ravelry shops.
There is really only three things you will need to start knitting.
1. A pair of knitting needles.
2. A ball of yarn.
If you look around your house you will find lots of things to use as knitting needles and/or yarn. I was at a friends house in the UP of Michigan. I taught her how to knit with two sharpened pencils and a ball of string. So, don’t wait to go to your local yarn shop to pick up needles and yarn before proceeding, just look around you. I’m all for patronizing your local yarn shop, but you don’t need to put off learning to knit just because you don’t have any knitting needles and yarn at this very moment.
A lot of new knitters get all caught up in worrying about what size needles they should use, what gauge (more on gauge later) or color of yarn they should learn with. I am sure there are lots of scientific theories and schools of thought to answer that question. But I say, IT IS YARN! You are going to learn to knit, not learn how to perform CPR (although you should, but that is another website)!
*On second thought, don’t use any fuzzy or other type of novelty yarn to learn. It is just not that easy to see the stitches when you are first learning if you use that type of yarn.
So find a well lit room, comfy chair, knitting needles and a color of yarn that makes you happy. Green does it for me, but that’s just me.
Let’s both take a deep breath and… begin.
There are many ways to cast on before beginning to knit. I am going to teach my most frequently used CO method. It’s both strong and flexible. However, you can view a few other CO methods by clicking on the video tab in the menu bar. Learn the Long Tail CO.
Once you cast stitches onto your needle, you can start to knit. The English Method of knitting is when the knitter holds the yarn in the right hand and wraps or “throws’ the yarn around the right needle to make the stitch. The Continental Method of knitting is when the knitter holds the yarn in the left hand. Practice with both methods and you will soon find out which one you prefer. Becoming comfortable using both will come in handy later on. Learn to Knit.
The purl stitch is the reverse of the knit stitch. Learning these three basic knitting skills will open your unlimited knitting possibilities. Learn to Purl.
I have found knitting to be one of my primary ways to relax. My love for knitting is shared with my passion for books. Along with learning how to knit you will be able to check out my favorite knitting books along with my personal book reviews.
I frequently go to Amazon for knitting books and knitting supplies (affiliate link).