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Learn to Knit - Knitting for Beginners - Learn How to Knit

Learn to Knit - Knitting for Beginners - Learn How to Knit
Learning to knit is a lot of fun, and it's not actually as difficult as you might think. This guide to the basics and beyond has everything you need to get started whether you've never picked up needles before or just need a refresher. Knitting Skills: There are several basic skills involved in knitting, such as: making a slip knot and casting on forming the knit stitch forming the purl stitch binding off, sometimes also referred to as casting off You'll also need a few basic knitting tools to get started. Picking a Pattern: Once you've got the basics down, it's time to pick your first project. Many patterns, even those for beginners, seem to be written in code. Finishing Projects: Once you've reached the end of your knitting, all is not quite finished. Learning New Skills: Once you're comfortable with the basics and have successfully finished a project or two, there are many more skills to try. Troubleshooting: Related:  knit, crochet

Knitting Yarn, Books, Patterns, Needles & Accessories Cast On For Your First Knitting Project To start any knitting project you have to make the loops on the needle that you will then knit to form the fabric. This is known as casting on. There are many different methods for casting on, but two of the easiest for new knitters are the wrap cast on and the knit cast on. Performing a knit cast on is handy because you basically learn how to make the knit stitch at the same time, but the wrap cast on is also quick and easy, if not quite as firm. You might want to practice a bit before you make the final cast on for your knitting, making sure that all your loops are relatively even in tension. When you're ready to begin the project fully, cast on 20 stitches in the method of your choice.

Yarn Ends - Yarn Ends in Knitting A Q&A on hiding yarn ends in lace knitting by Jackie E-S Knitters ask – This is such a basic question, but I'm having problems weaving in the ends on my lace projects. I've been posed with this question before, and have come to realize that the question of "what to do with ends" is one thing that stops knitters from attempting lace! Many of the following tips and techniques discussed are applicable to knitting in general, so I hope that some of this may be valuable to you even if you are not (yet) a lace knitter. A continuous yarn My preferred scenario is not to have ends except at beginning and end of the knitting. If there is not a continuous length of yarn for the project, then a first strategy is to make the yarn a continuous length. The "stitching together" join Another method for joining yarn, especially useful when the yarn is not plied, or for slippery or non-feltable yarns, is what I will refer to as "stitching together". Planning ahead Weaving in Yes, avoid whenever possible.

do you mind if i knit: Some basics in crochet for you, before I start showing you the pattern for the sisterhood crochet blanket squares Hello! Nice to see you! Today I'm starting on the marathon explanation of my crochet square. I"m going to start with the basics, for new crocheters. I thought there might be some out there who would like to take up crochet, but aren't sure where to start. You've got your yarn in your left hand. Take the yarn that you are holding in your right hand and bring it up and over as above. Pick up your hook in your right hand, and poke it through the loop. Now pull that bit of yarn you hooked, through the loop, towards you. You've pulled it up, and now............... Holding on to the yarn in your right hand, pull at the yarn in your left hand. Pull the yarn untill the loop on the end of your crochet hook tightens into a knot, (but not too tight, you want it to be able to move along the hook). I suggest that you first get the positioning of your hook and yarn in your hands positioned right, it will make life so much easier, and I speak from hard experience here! Like this. like this, remember?

Bears and dolls Bev's "Itsa Puppet" (C) very simple and quick to make Tiny Teddy Bear (C) Now on it's own page! Great to donate to Children's Hospitals. AND on Bev's SiteBear-PairTeddy Bears (K) on Bev's site! Maureen's Traveling Bear (K) If you want to help Bev's Country Cottage shop via this LINKBaby's First bear- (C) Basic Finger Puppet pattern (K) Bear Finger Puppet - - (C) archived Bear Hugs' ~ (S) archived...pattern and instructions <----- Bear-PairTeddy Bears (K) on Bev's site! Bernat Cotton Tots Bear (K) Bubby Bear at (K) CareWear fiberfil Bear (S) Caron Simply Soft Brites BEAR - (C) this is darling! Chenille Bear to crochet (C) OFFsite ARCHIVED at Yarncat Cobbles the Bear (K) at Craftbits Colin and Clare Panda patterns - archived (S) Double Knit Bears (K) archived Duduza Dolls (K) for Africa Freemont Yankee Doodle Bear (S) Gail's Tiny Flat Teddy (like her doll) (C) Jelly Beanz Bear (C) Jelly Beanz Bear 10" (C)'s Little Bear (K) Mr.Bean Bear! Tutti Fruiti Bears (C) Bear (C)

Scarf with Ruffled Ends « Yarn: 1 Skein Dazzle, or Mosaic FX, or Binario, or other railroad yarn (~80 yards) Needle: US 8 needles Stitch pattern: St st (knit RS, purl WS) Cast on 60 sts. Row 1: K Row 1: P Row 3: *(K2tog). Continue in St St (Row 1: K; Row 2: P) until scarf measures 30” End with a WS row. Row 1: *(K1 in front and back of st). Bind off and enjoy! © Jenanne Hassler. Knitting 101: Lesson One {Slipknot} One of my loves in this world is knitting. I love the soft yarns, the stretchiness, and the many different designs I can create with a few simple stitches. This week, I am going to post several tutorials to teach you to knit, so you can share my love of this skill. I apologize to anyone who is left-handed; I am right-handed, and all of my pictures/videos show knitting right-handed. There are a couple items to pick up to get you started: I suggest beginning with a set of large needles (size 10 or 11). Leaving the yarn around your left hand, reach down and grab the working yarn between your thumb and pointer finger on your left hand. Pull the yarn you just pinched through the loop on your hand (you will slide the loop off your hand). Pull both sides of the yarn to create the slipknot. Practice, practice, practice, and come back tomorrow for casting on.

5 Tips For Seaming Or Sewing Up Knit & Crochet Pieces May 9th, 2011 by Zontee There comes a time in most knitters’ and crocheters’ lives when you want to tackle a project that has seams to be sewn up, whether it’s a top, a hat, an afghan, or a cardigan. While many knitters & crocheters are wary of sewing, seams can be an important part of your project’s construction, providing structure and helping it to keep its shape, so it’s an important skill to learn. Some knitters & crocheters also worry that the seam will show, but as you can see from the picture of my partly seamed sweater, you can’t even tell where I’m joining the front and back of the sweater together! Besides, seaming doesn’t have to be difficult. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. With a little practice and a little patience, you’ll soon be a seaming queen (or king)!

new and noteworthy Posted by victoria //// 6 Comments this week on new and noteworthy let’s stick to the naturals, shall we? linens, and woods, and simple items that make your home subtly shine, without pronouncing themselves too strongly. just lovely, tasteful items if you will — ones that make home life better in simple ways. 1. pure love’s light trail strand lights; 2. their beautiful house doctor area rug; 3. wild olive wood chopsticks from swahili african modern; 4. fort standard glass vessel with cork from steven alan. 5. free people’s DIY hanging crochet plant holder; 6. wood & faulk leather coasters; 7. auntie oti napkin colored napkin set from steven alan; 8. hand drawn feather plate from Gx2 homegrown. 9. downloadable print by artist mathilde aubier via art hound; 10. design by conran white beep table lamp from jcpenney; 11. industrial swivel stool from three potato four.

Just take your time and let me know if I can help. by karenbrown Dec 17

Thanks Karen. I'll probably need lots of help. I have some friends that knit and they're always telling me how relaxing it is. I'll have to wait and see though. by nordicgirl_2 Dec 17

I'm sure you will like it. will show you how to do anything. After all, knitting is just variations of knit and purl. Let me know if you have any questions. by karenbrown Dec 16

I've never tried it before. Thought I'd give it a go over Christmas and see if I think I'd like it. by nordicgirl_2 Dec 16

If you have interest in knitting, go to by karenbrown Dec 8