Learn to Knit

Yarn and Needles

What You'll Need:

Yarn of Choice
Knitting Needles of Choice

Courtesy of Darice®
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Time: Varies by Skill Level

Learn How to Knit

  • 1 Casting On

    1a. Make a slip knot: Loop the yarn as shown and slip needle under the lower strand of the loop.
    1b. Pull up a loop of yarn.
    2. Pull the yarn end attached to the ball of yarn to tighten the slip knot leaving the other end approximately 4'' long. Transfer needle to left hand.
    3a. Insert the right hand needle through slip knot and wind yarn over right hand needle.
    3b. Pull loop through slip knot.
    4. Place new loop on left hand needle beside first loop. (You now have 2 stitches (sts) on your left hand needle).
    5. Insert right hand needle between last 2 stitches (sts) on left hand needle and wind yarn over right hand needle.
    6. Pull loop through. Place this new loop on left hand needle beside last stitch (st). You now have 1 more stitch on left hand needle). Repeat (rep) steps 5 and 6 until required number of stitches (sts) have been cast on left hand needle.

  • 2 Knit Stitch

    1. Hold the needle with cast on stitches (sts) in your left hand, and the loose yarn attached to the ball at the back of work. Insert right hand needle from left to right through the front of the first stitch (st) on left hand needle.
    2. Wind the yarn from left to right over the point of the right hand needle.
    3. Draw the yarn through this original stitch (st) which forms a new stitch (st) on the right hand needle.
    4. Slip the original stitch (st) off the left hand needle, keeping the new stitch (st) on right hand needle.
    5. To knit a row, repeat steps 1 to 4 until all stitches (sts) have been transferred from left hand needle to right hand needle. Turn the work by transferring the needle with stitches (sts) into you left hand to knit the next row.

  • 3 Purl Stitch

    1. Wiith yarn at front of work, insert right hand needle from right ot left through front of first stitch on left hand needle.
    2. Wind yarn around right hand needle. Pull yarn through stitch (st).
    3. Slip original stitch (st) off needle. Repeat (rep) these steps until all stitches (sts) on left hand needle have been transferred onto right hand needle to complete one row of purling.

  • 4 Casting Off: Knt Stitch (Knitwise)

    Knit the first 2 stitches (sts). *Using left hand needle, lift first stitch (st) over second stitch (st) and drop it off between points of the 2 needles. Knit the next stitch (st); repeat (rep) from * until all stitches (sts) from left hand needle have been worked and only 1 stitch (st) remains on the right hand needle. Cut yarn (leaving enough to sew in end) and thread cut end through stitch (st) on needle. Draw yarn up firmly to fasten off last stitch.

  • 5 Casting Off: Purl Stitch (Purlwise)

    Purl first 2 stitches (sts). *Using left hand needle, lift first stitch (st) over second stitch (st) and drop it off needle. Purl next stitch (st); repeat (rep) from * securing the last stitch (st) as described for casting off knitwise.