How to Knit: The Basics
Illustrations by Caitlin Keegan. Photo by Maxwell Tielman. If you haven’t attempted knitting, it can seem pretty terrifying. You might have watched friends or family members do it — their pointy needles swinging at lightning speed through a tangled mass of yarn — and worried deeply for their eyes and internal organs. You might be a crafting commitment-phobe, horrified at the idea of a task taking over a day (or a week! or a month!) While I still haven’t quite mastered the art of knitting in its entirety, I can say with some sense of self-assurance that I can knit. January, with its post-holidays chill, has always seemed the perfect time to start a knitting project. More on the basics of knitting after the jump . . . Once you’ve purchased your yarn and the needle size that matches it, the absolute first step of any knitting project is making a slipknot. 1. 2. Casting on is the next step in setting up your knitting project. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4.