Learn To Knit
Hello, and welcome to my video knitting lessons. The intention of this page is to teach you how to knit. You will be making a hat similar to the one pictured above. The intention is to show you how to make something that will be done in a relatively short period of time, so that you will see the magic happen on your own needles and so that you will develop confidence. Along the way, you'll learn to cast on and bind off. You'll learn the knit stitch and the purl stitch -- the foundation stitches of knitting -- and you'll learn how to sew up a seam.
A Note About the Videos
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What you will need.
Another advantage of making a hat as a first project is that you won't have to invest a lot of money to get started. I've tried to stay with the most commonly available products for knitters. You will need a pair of size 8 knitting needles and four ounces or worsted weight yarn.
If you're coming at this with some experience, you may be wondering why I'm not talking about gauge yet. The truth is, gauge is very important, but for now, I'd rather get the beginning knitter off and knitting. Then later that person can learn how to measure gauge and how to do a swatch. Hats are small enough that the permutations from knitter to knitter shouldn't be a big deal, but if your hat turns out way too small, give it to a child. If it's too big, give it to a tall man. The path of a knitter is one of life-long learning. Let's just get started.
The first thing I'm going to teach you is how to cast on. You're going to cast on 96 stitches. Watch the video. Keep casting on, until you have 96 loops on your needle.
A few points to notice. First, you need to remember to cast on loosely. Some knitters will use a pair of needles one size larger than they will be working with, just to cast on. The method I've shown you is only one of many different ways to cast on.
In a knitting pattern, what you've just done will be abbreviated as CO 96 for Cast On 96.
Knits and Purls
Now you're going to get into the meat of the matter, knits and purls. Watch this video to see how the two stitches are done.
The first thing you are going to be doing is called ribbing. This would be written in a pattern as
You will still be using the same basic knit and purl stitches, but varying the pattern. The resulting fabric will look very different.
In a pattern this will be written as
Congratulations! You've just knit the bulk of your hat.
Decreases -- Knit 2 together
The next part would be abbreviated as:
Next Row: P Next Row: *K5, K2Tog Rep from * to end of row Next Row: P Next Row: *K4, K2Tog Rep from * to end of row Next Row: P Next Row: *K3, K2Tog Rep from * to end of row Next Row: P Next Row: *K2, K2Tog Rep from * to end of row Next Row: P Next Row: *K1, K2Tog Rep from * to end of row Next Row: K2Tog to end of row
For some reason this is never abbreviated in a pattern. It just says Bind Off. It's not too hard, just remember to keep it loose. Watch the video to see how it is done.
Sewing the seam
It might be hard to see the stitches in this video. If you can't see the stitches, don't worry. It really isn't that important. Just pick up a little bit of your fabric. More than likely, due to the nature of the fabric, you'll be picking up a stitch at a time anyway. So Watch this video and this video and finish your hat.
Congratulations. You are now a hand knitter.