If you need a hand getting to grips with learning how to knit, you’re in the right place.
Perhaps you’re coming at this afresh looking to fill your basket with woolly supplies (in which case, go fill her up and come back with your knitting needles!) But I’m going to assume you’ve already received your knitting kit and you’re itchin’ to get stitchin’?
So, you’ve got the yarn, the needles and the How To: A Beginners’ Guide To Knitting is open in front of you, but something isn’t quite right. You can see the photos next to the words, but you’re still struggling to get to grips with knitting stitches. What you really need right now is a video tutorial.
Moloneymakes is on Youtube, baby!
It’s been a long time coming. We know that not everyone works or learns in the same way. Sometimes all we need is for someone to actually show us the thing we’re trying to do and it finally clicks. I’ve received comments from customers who really benefit from this way of learning and I knew it was something that was missing.
That’s why I created a YouTube channel for Moloneymakes and why, a whole 5 months after the fact, I’m actually starting to shout about our collection of ‘How To Knit:’ video tutorials.
I have to confess, YouTube star I am not. I’m not particularly tech savvy and I’ve never made a video before so they’re a long way off what I really want for the business, but they’re there. They exist and they’ll help you with your knits, purls and all the basic stitches and skills laid out in the how to knit guides that are found in all our knitting kits.
So what are you waiting for?
Let’s learn how to knit
Every single project begins with a slip knot. This becomes the first stitch on your needle.
Once you’ve created your slip knot, it’s time to cast on. Casting on is creating your stitches, so you essentially knit your stitches onto the (left hand) needle so that you can actually start knitting.
Okay. So you’ve got your stitches, now what? Well, the great thing about knitting is it’s basically the same as the cast on method I teach. Essentially, if you can cast on, you can knit. The idea is that rather than creating a new knit stitch for the left hand needle, you ‘transfer’ the stitch to the right hand needle. Once all the left hand stitches have been ‘moved’ to the right hand needle, you’ve knit a row.
Once you’ve done the first, you’ll swap hands so that the needle with the stitches are in your left hand once again and you’ll repeat the process, transferring the stitches to the right hand needle to knit another row.
Continuous rows of knit stitch, also referred to as garter stitch, is the basis of many projects and the star of our easy knitting kits. With it, you can create a whole host of squishy projects – I love it!
Once you’ve finished your knitting piece, it’s time to take it off the needles, or rather, cast off.
As is a common theme here, if you know how to knit, you can cast off. It’s as easy as that!
You’re able to knit an array of projects with just the 3 basic skills (cast on, knit and cast off), but add purl into the mix and your knitting repitoire will have expanded a dozen fold.
Knit and purl stitches make up the knitting foundation for basically everything so once you’ve nailed how to cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch and cast off you’re only one (or a few hundred or thousand….!) stitches away from a multitude of knitting projects.
I’m ready for more knitting skills, please!
Throw in a few more stitches and you’re well on your way to becoming a knitting whizz. Want to make a hat? Well, firstly, you’ll want some double pointed needles to knit in the round. Add in rib stitch and a simple decrease and you’ll be placing a pom on your noggin’ warmer in no time at all.
Once you’ve nailed that, you’re ready to stitch up a pair of super chunky mittens to match. You can learn two increase stitches called make one left and make one right to create the thumb shaping with our how to increase video.
From this point, the knitting world is your oyster. Say hello to cosy knitted jumpers, chunky cardigans, big blankets; if you put your mind to it, you know how to knit it.
I believe in your knitting ability
I hope this collection of tutorials proves useful in helping you learn how to knit and you’re now feeling ready to tackle a knitting project. You should have already checked out that haul already, but if you’re still searching for the perfect starting knit, we have a bunch of fantastic knitting kits that provide you with everything you need to get stitching, so what are you waiting for?
Remember, practise makes perfect. If you’re having a hard time with a tricky stitch, simply take a deep breath, give the videos a watch, pick up your knitting needles and give it another go.
You’ve got this!