Tips and tricks
14 May 2020
How to knit for beginners
Always wanted to learn how to knit? All you need is a pair of needles, some yarn, and the instructions in this blog post 😊. You’ll be working on your first scarf or blanket in no time! Our conclusion is that learning to knit is not difficult and it comes with a lot of bonuses. Knitting puts your hands and mind at work at the same time, leading to a state of Zen. And last but not least: knitting is super satisfactory: once you have completed your first knitting project, you will glow with pride! Hoooked Zpagetti recycled T-shirt yarns and RibbonXL are super bulky and will create great results in a short time frame.
Once you have mastered holding your knitting needles and you have learned how to knit the basics, such as: casting on, knitting, purling and casting off, you have become a member of the worldwide knitting community. So get started and learn how to knit! On our website you can find various super-fast knitting patterns. With these knitting patterns, you will be able to knit a beautiful baby sweater, baby mittens, a scarf or a giant pouf- just to name a few knitting projects.
The basics of knitting
If you’re excited about learning to knit, you might want to get started on a jumper straight away, or a multi-coloured project. You’ll be able to make projects like that soon enough, but it’s better to start with something simple to get the hang of basic knitting techniques. A scarf is a long straight piece of knitting which is ideal to practice your knitting techniques, and if your tension (gauge) tightens up, it will not show very much.
Getting started: how to cast on
When a knitting pattern tells you to ‘cast on’, it means adding stitches to your needle to get started! There are many ways to cast on knitting stitches, but the way we demonstrate here is nice and easy:
Start with a loop in your yarn, fastened with a slipknot, and place this on your left needle (if you’re right-handed). Insert your right needle into the loop in the same way as in the video, wrap your yarn around, and pull through. Place the stitch on the left needle, making sure to do it the way demonstrated in the video — this way you won’t get twisted stitches! For all following cast-on stitches, insert your right needle between the loops of the stitches instead of in the stitch itself.
How to knit your first stitches
Once you’ve gotten the hang of casting on stitches, knitting stitches is a breeze: it’s almost exactly the same!
Hold your needles so that the stitches are on your left needle. Insert your right needle in the way demonstrated in the video above. Wrap your yarn around the needle and pull it through. Keep the loop of yarn on your right needle, and pull the other loop off your left needle. The stitch has been knit, and transferred to your right needle!
How to knit a purl stitch
If you look at your work so far, you’ll see that when you knit, the front of the stitch looks like a V, while the back looks like a horizontal bar. With purl stitches, you can flip this around, so that the stitch looks back to front.
Purling is the same as knitting, but you insert your right needle at a different angle. Watch the video carefully to see how!
Your first knitting projects
If you can cast on, knit, and purl, you can already knit plenty of projects!
An easy first knitting project is a garter stitch scarf. Simply cast on stitches until you’re happy with the width, then knit all stitches until your scarf is long enough!
Ready for more of a challenge? By alternating knit and purl stitches, you can easily create beautiful patterns, like the ones used for these knitted cushions on the image below!