Learning how to knit
|Stockinette stitch (photo
from Knit Fix by Lisa Kartus)
My life changed the day I learned how to knit, and I'm sure yours did too.
Knitting is a centuries-old craft, practiced out of necessity to create clothing to protect people from the elements. Today, knitting is a more casual craft, with everyone from artisans to novices finding appeal in the variety of techniques.
When a new knitter looks at all the yarn and patterns available today, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to start knitting. But here at Knitting Daily, we don't want this to get to you, remember; even the most accomplished knitters were once learning to knit.
It may surprise you to know there are really only two knitting stitches used to make any knitted object: the knit stitch and purl stitch.
Knit stitches are very versatile and are the building blocks for all knitted items. With every row you knit using the knit stitch, you're actually creating a pattern called "garter stitch." Then, when you add the purl stitch, your knitting options open up even more.
Combine the knit and purl stitches to create lace shawls, cabled hats, or moss-stitch sweaters. Sky's the limit!
We've put all of our beginning knitting resources in one place, so if you need a refresher course or if you want to teach someone how to knit (yay!), all the information is there for you on our How to Knit topic page. Check it out!