A friend recently asked if I would teach her daughter to knit. I knit rather simply as a stress reliever and can’t imagine I’d be very good at teaching anyone else, but I started thinking about the books I pored over as a teenager teaching myself knitting and crocheting. I wished back then that I had someone to actually show me the stitches as I attempted to master them.
So since I can’t teach the skill, I’ve found five easy to follow videos that should set anyone up with the basics of knitting! With a ball of yarn and a pair of needles (try a worsted weight yarn and a needle size that matches the number on the yarn label) you’ll be practicing your knits and purls in no time.
Starting Your Project – casting on:
The Next Step – the purl stitch:
With the basic knit stitch (from the first video) and this simple purl stitch, you’ll have the essential tools you’ll need to create wonderful knitted projects!
Now grab your yarn and get practicing! I’ve been known to carry a ball of yarn in my purse to easily add a few more rows to simple squares throughout the week. Later, I put them all together into patchwork baby quilts. Great colorful project for practicing stitches!
And for fun – have you seen these giant chunky blankets and rugs floating around on Pinterest? I love them. Just think – with the skills you’ve learned from these videos, you could even make an eye-catching extra chunky afghan or area rug. Wouldn’t that be a conversation starter?
Don’t miss our “Six Best Free Patterns for fingerless gloves” for more ideas.