Learn to Knit
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.
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 it's in the way shown in the video - this way you will not get twisted stitches! For all following cast-on stitches, insert your right needle between the loops of the stitches instead of 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!
How to purl
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.