How to Knit: Knitting for Beginners

Free eBook on beginner knitting patterns from Interweave!

This is the ultimate guide on knitting for beginners and contains free knitting patterns.Click on the Download Now button or link below to download our FREE eBook, How to Knit for Beginners, which has been updated to include step-by-step instructions for how to knit the purl stitch! Knitting for beginners is one of my favorite things to teach because I love getting people started in the craft that I love so much.

New knitters can easily find themselves overwhelmed looking at all the options available today, but we don’t want you to feel that way. We want to you learn how to knit with ease and with as little stress as possible. That’s why we put together these incredible guides on knitting for beginners, with everything you need to get started. Thanks to these easy to use guides, you’ll soon understand why people have loved knitting for centuries!

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How to Cast On Knitting

Learn how to cast on knitting in this free beginner knitting guide.
Casting On Knitting Tutorial
Casting on simply means preparing the first row of stitches on the needle. There are several methods you can use, but the one we’re covering is the “long-tail cast-on.” It’s a versatile and sturdy way to start your knitting, one that you can use to start most projects. This tutorial takes you step by step through casting on knitting, with tips to help you along the way.

The Knit Stitch

Learn how to do the knit stitch in this fre beginner knitting guide.
How to Knit
In our first section on knitting stitches, you’ll get tips on gauge, tension, and more while you learn the knit stitch. Did you know that when you knit continuously in rows, you’re actually doing what is called the garter stitch? This stitch allows your knitting the elasticity that it needs for many projects, and once you’re through this section you’ll know how to successfully create it.

The Purl Stitch

Learn how to do the purl stitch like a pro.
How to Purl
Once you’ve conquered the knit stitch, you will be ready to move on to its counterpart, the purl stitch. We’ll help you along the way with step by step instructions and pictures to help you learn how to purl. Interestingly, when you purl row after row, you are also knitting a garter stitch, just with a different look. By combining one row of knit, and one row of purl, you create the imminently versatile stockinette stitch, used in many knitting patterns.

How to Cast Off Knitting

Learn how to cast off in knitting with this free beginner knitting guide.
Binding Off Tutorial
Binding off, also called casting off, secures the last row the knitting so it will not unravel. Though it can be tricky you can easily learn how to bind off knitting correctly, just be sure to practice on your swatches to get the tension correct. Once you’ve made it through this portion of the guide, you’ll be ready to start your very first project.

Our eBook also Includes two three beginning knitting patterns!

Garter Stitch Scarf

Learn how to knit with this easy knitting pattern including a garter stitch scarf pattern.
This knitted scarf pattern is both good practice for beginning knitters and a stylish accessory!

Garter Stitch Knitted Dishcloths

Learn how to knit these garter stitch dishcloths in this free guide.
You’ll love knitting these dishcloths for yourself and for gifts. This is a fun project for practicing increasing and decreasing stitches.

Ribbed Knitted Scarf

Learn how to knit this easy ribbed scarf knitting pattern in this eBook on knitting for beginners.
This scarf is great for practicing knitting and purling, and the finished product is a wonderful unisex gift.

Want more knitting instructions and patterns to learn how to knit? Solidify your skills with these newly added how to knit projects and tutorials:

Basic Knitting Instructions

 Learn the basics on how to knit in this free guide on knitting for beginners.
Learn everything you need to know about the basics of how to knit with this exclusive guide. You’ll find step-by-step instructions and photos on the twisted loop cast on, knitted cast on, binding off, knit in the front and back (k1 f&b), knit stitch, purl stitch, knit 2 together (k2tog), slip, slip, knit (ssk), and more!

Blocks Baby Blanket

Learn how to knit this easy baby blanket pattern in this eBook on knitting for beginners.
For the beginning knitter, this baby blanket is a “knit every row” project. Knit the single squares in your favorite baby color or in a color combination, and sew the squares together for a very soft and cuddly blanket to welcome your new little one.

New Arrival Cardigan

Learn how to knit this easy baby sweater pattern.
This sweet newborn cardigan is a perfect beginner’s project. The garter stitch sweater is knit in one piece with easy instructions for the two front buttonholes. With a simple three-stitch bind-off and next row cast-on, you will be amazed how easy it is to finish this cardigan.

Thanks to this free download on knitting for beginners, you’ll have all the tools you’ll need to learn to knit. Find out what the labels mean, what the different gauges are, and how to synthesize all of this information into your knitting style. You’ll see what the difference is between the sizes of needles and how tension in the yarn is an important part when learning how to start knitting.

Let this free guide to knitting basics help you learn how to cast on knitting with a fail proof method, one that you’ll learn to love. You’ll learn all about purl and knit stitches, how they are supposed to look on the needles, and when to know if you have made a mistake. Finish with casting off knitting and you’ve officially learned to knit.

We’ve also included fixes for common knitting mistakes so they won’t hold up your progress. Remember mistakes are a part of learning to knit and these easy fixes will help you become a better knitter. It’s important to remember that even the most famous knitwear designers were all once learning just like you! So what are you waiting for? Download your free eBook on knitting for beginners today!

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