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Beginning Knitting: A Free eBook!

Aug 12, 2011

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. Our eBook, How to Knit for Beginners, has recently been updated to include step-by-step instructions for how to knit the purl stitch.

And there's a new pattern in there too, The Ribbed Scarf, which is perfect for putting knit stitches together with purl stitches to create an attractive, unisex scarf!

There are all kinds of knitting instructions here, including:

Before You Start: Information about supplies you'll need, yarn, needles, reading yarn labels, and gauge
Casting On: How do a slip knot and how to cast on using the long-tail cast-on
The Knit Stitch: How to make the knit stitch
The Purl Stitch: How to make the purl stitch (new to this edition!)
Binding Off: How to bind off your stitches at the end of your project
Joining New Yarn: How to join a new ball of yarn
OOPS! Fixing Common Mistakes: How to unravel stitch by stitch and how to avoid extra stitches
Your First Projects: Easy knitting instructions for a garter-stitch scarf and a garter-stitch dishcloth
Recommended Reading: Some great resources for beginning knitters

Our eBook also Includes two three beginning knitting patterns!

Garter-Stitch Scarf Garter Stitch Wash Cloth Ribbed Scarf

So if you know people who want to learn to knit (or maybe you're a beginning knitter yourself!), help get them going with How to Knit for Beginners!


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winipooh1 wrote
on Dec 26, 2011 7:02 AM

I wrap the yarn loosely around the knitting needle I'm using for that project. Wrap the number of stitches you will need to cast on. Then add about 6 in of yarn to have enough to work in. It works for me almost every time.

sugary wrote
on Sep 22, 2011 11:00 AM

A question re long tail casting there a way to gauge how much yarn one needs in order to cast on the correct number of stitches without running out of yarn or having way too much left after casting on?  I use the guess method, which isn't very reliable.

Thank you.

Dorothy at