Learn to Knit!

Get Started…Knitting!

We’re going to knit a square as a basic introduction to knitting! If you want to make more squares, you can, and sew them together to make a blanket!

What you need:

Knitting Needles (8mm-10mm) - the larger they are, the easier it is!

Yarn – any colour and any size, again, the thicker the better! (Block colours are easier to see as you go!)

Casting On:

Step One:

Make a slip knot with your yarn. You can do this by taking the end of your yarn and making a loop. Take the shorter end of the yarn, fold it over and pull it through the first loop. Hold onto the short end and the main end of your yarn and pull on the loop you just made. This is your slip knot.

 

Step Two:

Place the slip knot on your needle and hold it in your right hand.

 

Step Three:

Make sure that the yarn tail is sitting towards you. Pinch your thumb and index finger and put them through the two strands of yarn. Then open your fingers out like a gun.

 

Step Four:

Close your hand around the rest of the yarn to hold it in place. Insert the needle under the strand that is wrapped around your thumb. Then pull on your yarn to secure the loop in place around your needle.

 

 

Knitting – The Basic Pattern:

If you can remember ‘In, round, through and off’ you can stay in a rhythm with your knitting. Once your comfortable with your own rhythm, you’ll be knitting in no time!

 

Step One:

Insert your right needle into your first stitch or ‘loop’ on the left hand needle. Make sure you insert your right needle underneath the left needle, making a ‘cross’ shape. This is the ‘in’ stage!

 

Step Two:

With the right needle still in the first stitch, wrap your yarn around the needle clockwise. Keep the left needle where it is, on top of the right needle. This is the ‘round’ stage!

 

Step Three:

Keeping the yarn wrapped around the right needle, bring the right needle towards you and under the stitch on your left needle. Make sure that the yarn that was wrapped around the right needle stays on. This is the ‘through’ stage!

 

Step Four:

Now, move your yarn towards the top of the left needle and gently release the stitch off the the left needle. This may feel a bit strange, but you have to do it, as if you don’t you’ll end up with too many stitches on your needle! This is the ‘off’ stage!

 

Step Five:

Well done! You’ve knitted the first stitch! You should now have one stitch on your right needle, and one less than your initial amount of stitches that you cast on, on your left needle. Now continue steps 1-4 until all of your stitches are on your right stitch. Then, move your empty needle into your right hand, and start knitting again!

 

 

Casting off:

 

Step One:

Knit two stitches.

 

Step Two:

Using your left needle, lift the first stitch you knit, over and off the second stitch, and off the right needle.

 

Step Three:

Knit one stitch.

 

Step Four:

Lift the first stitch on your right needle over the second stitch and off the needle (as you did in step two).

 

Step Five:

Repeat steps three and four until you have one stitch left on your right needle. Then, pull on the yarn on the stitch using your right needle until the yarn pops through. Weave in the ends of your yarn into your square and trim them down.