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Learning how to knit

Jan 6, 2012

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!


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akbuck wrote
on Jan 10, 2012 8:31 PM

Sybu says:

when i skimmed this article, a memory came back of me and Grandma, she was teaching me to knit and purl, and I had these turquoise blue 10-1/2 needles and some yellow yarn.  I was 9 or 10.  I've made time for knitting when there was no time, let the rhythm of an easy project soothe me when I was frazzled, and sometimes overcoming a challenge (the four basic Bavarian stitches come to mind).  What's next--Estonian lace?  Socks for a baby due in March?  eh! who knows.

all i know is i enjoy the process.  Thank you Grandma

mtnknitwit wrote
on Jan 8, 2012 11:30 PM

Hi Kathleen,

I began knitting a little over a year ago and it's been so much fun!  What a wonderful world opened up to me in the world of yarns! When I stepped into my first yarn shop---oh my!!!! The choices were overwhelming----so many beautiful yarns to choose from and patterns of every kind just waiting to be knitted and me not knowing where to start first. But the shop had a wonderful employee who was very patient and informative and helped me through all my questions till I was able to make a choice. Thanks to you and the Knitting Daily Team and You Tube tutorials I've been knitting happily ever after! Lynn