Step-by-Step Picture Guide of Basic Stitches-RH

Knitting: A Beginner’s Guide

from Queen of DIY website

Knitting For Beginners Instructions In this tutorial I’ll be showing you what you need to know to start knitting. Knitting is different from crocheting in that all stitches are comprised of either a “knit” or “purl”. Once you know these two stitches, you’ll be on your way to knitting like a pro!

Supplies Checklist:

  • Knitting Needles
  • Yarn

Part 1: Making a Slip Knot

  • The slip knot for knitting is the same as the slip knot for crocheting, but I will show you here too in case you didn’t have a look at my crocheting for beginners tutorial.
  • How To Knit For Beginners Leave about a 4″ tail and flip the tail over the yarn coming off of the yarn ball.
  • Getting Started Knitting Flip the tail under the loop that was created so that it is going down the center of the loop from behind.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Pull the tail slightly through the loop.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Place one if your needles into the new top loop created (the smaller of the two loops).
  • How To Knit For Beginners Pull the loop tightly around the needle and this is your slip knot, ready to cast on the first row.

Casting On:

  • Getting Started Knitting Holding the needle with your slip knot on it in your left hand, push the needle in your right hand through the slip knot and behind the other needle.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Wrap the yarn coming from the yarn ball around the right hand needle and between the needles.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Push the right hand needle against the left hand needle and pull the yarn you just wraped around through the slip knot loop.
  • How To Knit For Beginners Now you should have the slip knot loop still in the left hand, and another loop around the right hand needle (so one loop on each needle).
  • Getting Started Knitting Push both loops to the top of the needle.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Transfer the loop that’s on the right hand needle to the left hand needle.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Now you should have two loops on the left hand needle.
  • How To Knit For Beginners For the next loop, wrap the yarn around the right hand needle again.
  • Getting Started Knitting Pull the yarn through the first loop on the left hand needle again so that you have one loop on the right hand needle.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Transfer the right hand loop to the left needle so you now have three loops on the left hand needle.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Continue doing this until you have casted on as many stitches across as you would like. For this tutorial I have casted on 20 stitches (not including the slip knot).

Knit Stitch:

  • After you have casted on your first row, you pretty much have just been knitting already, but it is slightly different after you get the loop on the right needle so I’ll go through the first regular row anyways..
  • How To Knit For Beginners Place your right needle behind the left needle.
  • Getting Started Knitting Wrap the yarn counter clockwise around the right needle, and behind the left needle.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Pull the yarn through the loop so it is on the right needle (like above).
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Here’s where it get’s different. Push the first stitch on the left needle off of the needle completely.
  • How To Knit For Beginners Now you’ll have less stitches on the left needle, and one on the right.
  • Getting Started Knitting Continue this same method down the row.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Once all of the stitches are off of the left hook and on the right hook, that row is done.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions For the next row, move what was your right hook to your left hand now, and your left hook to your right hand (flip them). The hook with the stitches on it will always start off in your left hand.
  • How To Knit For Beginners Continue stitching the next row as you did the first.
  • Getting Started Knitting When you have the next row done, you will begin to see the pattern forming.

Purl Stitch:

  • For the next row I’ll be showing you how to do a purl stitch. You can alternate between knitting and purling in the same row as well as in different rows to form different patterns.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners The main difference between a purl stitch and a knit stitch is that the right needle is put in front of the left needle instead of behind. So to start, hook the right needle into the first loop on the left needle, but in front of the left needle this time.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Wrap the yarn around the right needle counter clockwise (like above), but this time in front of the back needle and around the front one. Just remember that you will always be wrapping the yarn counter clockwise around the needle in your right hand.
  • How To Knit For Beginners Pull the yarn through the first loop in the left needle, creating a new loop on the right needle.
  • Getting Started Knitting Continue this same technique down the row.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners When all of the stitches are off of the left needle, that row is done.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Continue stitching, rotating between the knit and purl stitch as you’d like so you can see the patterns they will form.

Casting Off:

  • How To Knit For Beginners To start casting off, stitch two knit stitches (or you can also stitch two purl stitches if that works better for your pattern – either one).
  • Getting Started Knitting Now you should have two loops on the right needle.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Take your left needle and push it through the second loop on your right needle (the first loop you made).
  • Getting Started Knitting Pull the loop up and over the first loop and off of the right hook.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Now you will have One loop on the right hook and it will look something like this.
  • How To Knit For Beginners Knit another stitch so you have two on the right hook again.
  • Getting Started Knitting Pull the loop up and over the first loop and off of the right hook again (like above).
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Continue repeating this down the row.
  • Knitting For Beginners Instructions Now you should have all of the stitches off of both hooks, except for one left on the right hook.
  • How To Knit For Beginners Pull the loop off the hook and cut the yarn, leaving several inches to work with.
  • Getting Started Knitting Push the excess yarn through the last loop.
  • Knitting Basics For Beginners Pull it tight to tie off the end of the row.

Knitting For Beginners Instructions That is a small knitted block! Now you should know how to do all the basics of knitting to get going on some fun projects! Leave a comment if you have any questions!

 

One thought on “Step-by-Step Picture Guide of Basic Stitches-RH”

  1. I’m glad this was posted on the Queen of Do-it-Yourself’s blog, because I don’t have enough time to photograph every step. Fantastic photo guide. Wish I had something like this when I was younger…

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