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Knitting for Beginners

Fundamentals of Knitting

Knitting is a method of manipulating yarn using multiple needles. It can be done by hand or with a machine. A knitted garment has consecutive rows of interlocking loops. Before you start, here are knitting tips and facts you should know.

• Knitting has health benefits. Studies have shown that the repetitive motion is a stress reliever and aids in managing pain and depression.

• According to Factretriever, knitting was initially a male only activity. Women were not allowed in the first knitting union established in Paris in 1527.

• Machines can replicate handmade knitting stiches, unlike crochet, which cannot be replicated by a machine. Learn more about crocheting.

• The size of the yarn determines the size of the needle. For thick yarns, use thick needles.

• The kind of look you are going for can also determine what yarn and needle combination you use. If you want a looser look, use thin yarn and thick needles. If you want a denser weave use thick yarn and thin needles.

• Learn knitting terms and their abbreviations. It makes it easier to read knitting patterns. Knit Picks has a very handy glossary of terms.

• In knitting, casting on means creating the first row of stitches. There are several ways this can be done. Knitting Fundamentals explains five different ways to cast on.

• Needle sizes vary by country. Laughing Hens has a very handy needle conversion chart.

• For beginners, use light colored yarn, to make it easier to see your stitches.

• When you’re knitting a clothing item, it’s important to know your clothing measurements. Our blog post gives a detailed step-by-step guide on taking your body measurement.


For people who are visual learners, videos are the best way to pick up the fundamentals of knitting. This video by slowly goes through the basic knitting techniques. It is detailed and well-paced making it easy for anyone to learn how to knit. Cyberseams goes through the fundamentals of knitting – slip knot, cast on, cast off, knitting a row, etc.

Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, you’ll want to actually knit something functional. A scarf is a great starting point. This video by Sheep & Stitch is a detailed step-by-step tutorial that is perfect for beginners. The video shows you helpful knitting tips like how to choose the right yarn and needles and how to hold your needle. Her other videos include, how to join a new ball of yarn and how to fix dropped stitches, skills every knitter needs to know.

If you’re ready to take things a step further, a hat is a great next step. This hat tutorial for beginners, posted by B.hooked crochet is the perfect video to ease you into hat knitting. Her instructions are excellent and easy to follow. You will find yourself with a gorgeous looking hat in no time.  Be sure to check out her other videos, like how to knit a baby sweater and how to knit a headband. All her videos are straight to the point and very informative for beginner knitters.