I have already covered what the basic knitting yarn is for knitting, and now I’m taking it a little bit further by explaining knitting for the beginners.
Knitting is really fun and easy to follow. If it’s your first time knitting I would suggest that you exercise a few rows of knitting before choosing a difficult pattern. I started off by knitting some scarfs and small Teddie bears. It’s basically the same stitches and rows over and over, but that’s the easiest way to learn.
First we need to cover what you will be needing to start knitting.
1. Knitting Needles:
Your needles actually make a big difference when you knit, as the size will depend how loose or tight your stitches will be and depending on your design what type of needles to use.
Straight: the one end of the needle has a sharp point and the other end has a knob so that the stitches can’t fall off. These needles are the most common ones used and are mostly used for flat patterns.
Circular: these needles can be used for flat and circular knitting. The two straight needles are connected with a flexible plastic cord and that forms the circular shape.
Double-pointed: Both ends on the needle has sharp points. Most of the time seamless items are knitted example socks.
2. Needle sizes:
There are a big variety of needles sizes. Sizes from US will differ from the UK sizes. Example: US size 0 will be a UK size 14 but both are actually 2.0 mm. Do make sure you are buying the right size needle for the type of item you want to knit.
The most popular yarn that’s being used is wool. Wool is nice and warm for any type of item you want to knit especially in winter. Wool can be bought at most fabric shops. Just check what type of wool you are buying as you get different types and some are more expensive than others.
After we have our tools we can start with the basic knitting terms
Cast on: this is the first step to create a row of stitches on you needle.
Knit: this is the basic stitch.
Purl: this is the reverse of the knit stitch and most of the time when knitting you combine these 2 stitches.
OK, now lets start knitting.
Cast a few stitches, lets say about 25. The needle with the 25 stitches, hold that in your left hand. Now with your right hand needle, push the needle through the first stitch on your left hand. Bring the loose yarn under and over your needle. Draw the yarn through the stitch and slip the loop off the left hand needle. Now your new stitch is on your right hand needle, you are starting to knit your first row of stitches.
Now when we have to purl its a little bit different. You need to insert your right needle from left to right through the stitch. When you bring the yarn under and over it needs to be done counterclockwise. Pull the yarn back through your stitch and slip it off your left needle onto the right needle.