How to Knit: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide
Are you interested in learning how to knit? Then you’ll soon be in very good company. Knitting is a craft technique that appeals to all ages and skills, and just so happens to be a healthy hobby. It’s meditative, creative, and eco-minded. Not to mention it delivers the thrill of creating a special, one-of-a-kind item with your own two hands.
If you’re committed to picking up the practice, there are a few things you’ll need: a pair of needles, quality yarn (in a hank, skein, or ball), and a project that’s best matched to your skillset. If you’re a beginner, start with something easy and small in size such as a headband in garter or a winter shawl in stockinette stitch. As you progress in skill, you can add signature touches to your knit items like unique knitting stitches, cabled embellishments, or finished trims.
In knitting, there are two basic knitting styles: the English method and the German/Continental method. The only real difference lies in how the yarn is held. With the English method, the working yarn is held in the right hand; with the German/Continental method, it is held in the left. While both methods produce equally fine results, we’re using the German/Continental method in order to take you through the step-by-step instructions and teach you how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off here. Master the method, pick a project, and let your fingers fly.
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