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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 on my Etsy and/or 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.
3. patience.

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.

no.1CASTING ON (CO)

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.

no.2THE KNIT STITCH

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.

THno.3E PURL STITCH

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).

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  1. gwendoline king says:

    Just joined Facebook a few hours ago,regards Gwendoline.

  2. Jane says:

    Just finished….. a pair of Katie’s Cabled Fingerless Gloves. Loved knitting cables, it keeps your hands even more busy!!! Thanks Joan for a fun pattern.

    • Joanie says:

      You are awesome Jane. Glad you enjoyed knitting the gloves. Don’t forget to send me a picture to put up on Facebook.

  3. Gwendoline King says:

    Like the kitties vs Yarn video very funny!

  4. Twyla says:

    Saw someone wearing Brooklyn mitts. Do you have a pattern for knitting not crochet?

    • Joanie says:

      Hi, I do not know what Brooklyn mitts look like. I think I saw a pair on Etsy or Pinterest (but not totally sure). Do you have a photo of a pair? I know I have never written a pattern for them.

  5. Jackie says:

    Joanie So confused. Doing the Bee stitch and confused what multiples I have to cast on with. Hope You can help At my wits end. New to all of this . Jackie

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Jackie, What are you referring to? The “Bee Stitch”??? I don’t know what you are trying to tell me. Sorry.

      • Jackie says:

        WS Knit
        K1, (K1B,K1)
        Knit
        K1B (K1,K1B) Knit 2 stitches
        This Is the only way to show you sorry. Learned the stitch on ehow. Say a baby blanket with this stitch and liked it. Thank You Again

        • Jackie says:

          Maybe multiples of 5 ?

          • Jackie says:

            Thank You !!!

          • Joanie says:

            Hi Jackie, I am thinking it is a multiple of 2 because of the inst. in the brackets. Go to my “Contact Me” page and send me a link to the pattern. I can give you my personal email address there as well and we can get you thru this.

  6. Jackie says:

    Joanie Going to try and do that tomorrow. Have to get help to figure out how to take it from my downloads and send. Also the blanket says cast on 95 stitches with 4 stitches for border ? Cant be correct ? Crazy Thank You Again Jackie Will try and send soon !!

    • Jackie says:

      Hello Again Joanie Well I think I have figured it out . Have been knittng a small swatch and it could possibly be 7. As long as I have you here. When doing a edge on something do you prefer to drop the first stitch ? purl the last ? knit from the bach last stitch? What is your preference. Also looking for a nice smooth edge. Knew at this and looking for improvement. Thank You Again Joanie. Jackie

      • Joanie says:

        Hi Jackie, I tried to email you with the email I have for you on my Laws Of Knitting database, but I got it back undeliverable. So I will post my email to you here: Hi Jackie,
        Regarding your question: “When doing a edge on something do you prefer to drop the first stitch ? purl the last ? knit from the bach last stitch? What is your preference” Also looking for a nice smooth edge.~
        That is a really hard question to answer… It totally depends on what I am designing. Just stick with the edge that your pattern gives you.

        You mentioned this: “Also the blanket says cast on 95 stitches with 4 stitches for border ? Cant be correct” ~
        What they mean is the first and last 4 sts will remain the same. Like I did on my “Box Stitch Preemie Baby Blanket” – the first and last 3 sts are knit and they are always knit through out the pattern – that gives the blanket a clean smooth edge.

        I don’t think I would be able to talk you thru how to send me the pattern via email.
        Can you tell me the name of the pattern and the web site you found it on and I will try and find it and download it to my computer. I think I could help you a lot more if I had the pattern in front of me.

        Chat soon,
        Joanie

        • Jackie says:

          Hi Joanie Thank you for your help. I went with 7. Cast on 179 stitches 18 for the border. Well I knitted 22 rows and took it all out. After all that I didnt like the pattern after all. Oh Well , I will try a different pattern . Thank You Again. Jackie

          • Joanie says:

            Hi Jackie,
            Been there, done that! lol
            Keep me posted on what you start knitting now. :)

  7. Jackie says:

    Hi Joan not sure if I had asked you this before but what do you recommend doing for a smooth edge on a baby blanket ? Thank you jackie

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Jackie,
      Yep, you asked me that a little while ago. Here is the link to my response. Just scroll down to nearly the end of the page and you can read it. It is found towards the bottom of my home page. ♥
      http://lawsofknitting.com

  8. Leeza says:

    Hey Joanie.
    I know how to knit basic things, but what does K mean?
    For example, in your Nanas favorite dishcloths page, it says;
    1. Knit.
    2.K2, purl to last…

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Leeza,
      Great question ~ K means “Knit”.
      So in row 2 you would: Knit 2 stitches and then purl to last…

      • Leeza says:

        Thank you very much! I am starting a knitting club and they will definitely learn how to knit this!

  9. Jackie says:

    Oh heavens Here I am again. Hello Joanie Not sure I asked you before but trying to do a nice edge on an other blanket. What do you suggest,and what do you usually do. I have heard so many different things. Thank You Again Jackie

  10. Sharon Pruett says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for your website. I learned how to colorfast here. And I have knitted 5 of your dish cloths so far. The seed stitch, Noni’s fave, basketweave, lattice and diagonal check. Gonna try the double seed stitch next. I have a drawerful of LOVELY dishcloths now!! These are going to make awesome gifts. But I’m keeping these first ones. I want to try the fingerless gloves next…never could bring myself to do the thumb piece, but now with your very clear tutorial I think I can do it. Thank you again and all the best!!

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Sharon, Thank you so much for your kind words. You really touched my heart. I would love to see your finished dishcloths and of course the gloves when you have them finished. ♥ Click on my Facebook tab ~ After you click the like button there you can upload your photos and show us all.

  11. Thank you Joanie for your reply. .
    I’m knitting a wash cloth.. I have knitted
    and taken apart about 30 times already. .
    I’m ready to pull my hair out.. I get to the
    10th row and it doesn’t look anything like what
    It’s supposed to. .. but one good thing. .
    I’m getting really good at casting on.. LOL
    but I know .. come hell or high water I’ll get it. :)
    if not you will here from me again. I’m glad though
    that you are here to help new knitters like me.. :)

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Dolores,
      You sound like me when I was first learning to knit dishcloths. When my sister first started knitting dishcloths they always looked like kites and she could never figure out what see was doing wrong. LOL
      Just keep at it and know I am here if you need me. :)

  12. Solange says:

    Hello Joan,
    I was so happy to discover your tutorial for M1 left and M1 right. I am actually “trying” to go through E. Z. baby surprise jacket, and in the middle of the work there are a lot of increases left and right. And the first ones I did were a mess… Now thank to you it’s OK!
    My mother tongue is French, but I can manage in English. I used to follow patterns in French and a big job for me has been to learn all knitting and crochet abbreviations in US language. And the first thing I did using usa abbreviations was a dishcloth…

    Solange

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Solange, Thank you so much for your kind words. I would love to see your completed E.Z. Baby Surprise Jacket when it is finished.

  13. Angela says:

    Hi Joan,
    I taught myself to knit about 6 months ago after crocheting for many years. I have watched several of your youtube videos related to The Great American Aran Afghan. I am having a lot of trouble with the Georgia Vincent square. Once I reach round 10 it just doesn’t seem to want to line up correctly. Are there any tips you can give me to make this a bit easier?
    Thank you in advance,
    Angela
    dragonandrose@yahoo.com

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Angela,
      I am afraid I can not help you with that particular block. One of the other instructors taught that block in class and I did not add it to my afghan so I never worked it up. Your email came along with your question here… I will forward your question to the instructor that taught Georgia Vincent’s block during class. She will email you directly and hopefully get you through. ♥

      • Angela says:

        Thanks Joan for forwarding my question. I appreciate it.

        • Joanie says:

          Hi Angela,
          No problem. I am sure Flo will get you on the right track. If you are on Facebook join us; we would love to have you post photos of your work. ♥

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