How to knit

Use our step-by-step in­struc­tions to help you learn new tech­niques (we even have a lit­tle bit of cro­chet). There’s a handy ref­er­ence sec­tion too!

Simply Knitting - - Contents -

Ex­pert tips and es­sen­tial ad­vice.

CAST ON: CABLE METHOD Use it for a firm edge, and when adding stitches in your work.

1 Make a slip knot. Insert right-hand nee­dle into the stitch as if to knit. Wrap the yarn around the point and pull through, slip­ping the stitch on to the left-hand nee­dle.

2 Push the point of the right-hand nee­dle between the first and sec­ond stitches. Wrap the yarn anti-clock­wise round the point of the right-hand nee­dle.

3 Pull the loop out with the right-hand nee­dle, then slip it over the tip of the left-hand nee­dle.

4 Re­peat steps 2 & 3 un­til you have the num­ber of stitches you re­quire.

CAST ON: THUMB METHOD A great all-rounder, use it to cast on stitches quickly and eas­ily.

1 Make a slip­knot and place it on a nee­dle, leav­ing a long tail. The length de­pends on the num­ber of stitches you wish to cast on. Try a length about 3 times the width of the project.

2 Hold the tail in your left hand with your thumb stick­ing up. Make a cir­cle anti-clock­wise with your thumb. You should end up with a cross on the front of your thumb.

3 Push the nee­dle tip along the out­side of your thumb so it passes through the loop. Wrap the work­ing yarn as if to knit.

4 Draw the yarn through the thumb loop and then between the arms of the cross. Slip your thumb out and pull to tighten the stitch. Re­peat from step 2.

KNIT Fol­low our sim­ple steps to make the most im­por­tant stitch you’ll learn.

1 Hold the nee­dle with the stitches on it in your left hand. Keep­ing the yarn in your right hand and at the back of your work, insert the point of the right-hand nee­dle up into the front loop of the first stitch, as shown.

2 Now wind the yarn an­ti­clock­wise around the point of the right-hand nee­dle us­ing your in­dex fin­ger. It’s im­por­tant to keep the yarn in your right hand rel­a­tively taut to main­tain an even ten­sion as you go.

3 Bring the right-hand nee­dle down through the loop, mak­ing sure that you catch the yarn you wound around the nee­dle. This cre­ates the stitch. Don’t pull the free yarn too tightly, let out some slack.

4 Push the point of the right nee­dle fur­ther through the stitch you cre­ated, then gen­tly pull the right nee­dle up and to your left, tak­ing the orig­i­nal loop with it. You’ve now cre­ated one knit stitch. Re­peat points 1– 4 across the row.

PURL To make purl stitches, just re­verse the ac­tion of plain knit stitches.

1 Hold­ing the nee­dle with all the stitches on in your left hand, and en­sur­ing that the yarn is at the front of your work, insert the right-hand nee­dle down through the front loop of your first stitch as shown.

2 Wind the yarn around the tip of the right-hand nee­dle from right to left, in an anti-clock­wise mo­tion, con­stantly keep­ing a slight ten­sion on the yarn.

3 Now slip the right-hand nee­dle back through the stitch, en­sur­ing that you catch the yarn that you’ve al­ready wound around the nee­dle. This cre­ates a stitch on your right-hand nee­dle.

4 Push­ing the point of the right-hand nee­dle fur­ther through the stitch you’ve just cre­ated, pull the orig­i­nal loop up and off the left-hand nee­dle. That’s one purl stitch! Re­peat points 1– 4 across the row.

K2­TOG Knit two stitches to­gether to give a right-lean­ing de­crease.

1 Insert the point of the right-hand nee­dle through the loops of the next 2 stitches as if to knit.

2 Wind the yarn round the tip of the right-hand nee­dle and pull the yarn through the 2 stitches, knit­ting them both to­gether.

3 Drop the 2 stitches from the left-hand nee­dle and keep the new stitch on the right-hand nee­dle.

4 Knit­ting two stitches to­gether de­creases your stitch count by one, and the de­crease stitch leans to the right. This is how a se­ries looks.

KFB In­crease 1 stitch by knit­ting into the front and back of an ex­ist­ing stitch.

1 Insert the tip of the right-hand nee­dle into the front of the stitch and knit as nor­mal, but don’t drop it from the left-hand nee­dle.

2 Then take the right-hand nee­dle be­hind the left and insert the tip of the nee­dle down through the back of the stitch on the left-hand nee­dle.

3 Wrap the yarn round the tip of the right-hand nee­dle to knit the stitch. Bring the nee­dle through to make the stitch, keep­ing it on the right-hand nee­dle.

4 Take the stitch off the left-hand nee­dle. You will have in­creased one stitch by knit­ting twice into the orig­i­nal stitch, first at the front, then at the back.

CAST OFF Fin­ish off your knit­ting with this straight­for­ward cast-off tech­nique.

1 Start by knit­ting the first two stitches of the row as nor­mal, but don’t go any fur­ther along as you usu­ally would.

2 Insert the left-hand nee­dle through the first stitch, as shown. Lift this stitch over the other stitch on the right-hand nee­dle and over the nee­dle point.

3 Knit an­other stitch so you have two on the right nee­dle. Lift the first stitch over the sec­ond, then re­peat steps 1–3.

4 When you get to the last stitch, cut the yarn about 15cm (6in) away, feed it through the loop and pull through firmly to fas­ten off.

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