Have you ever wanted to learn to knit? Maybe you were shown how as a child but can’t really remember the steps. Perhaps you’ve been shown before or attempted to learn before but ended up confused. Either way, this post is for you!
I will teach you the very basic steps to get you creating your first usable knitted item TODAY!
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I am a self taught knitter and have used my passion for the craft to help me through many days, weeks and even months of mental health struggles. Because of that, I am passionate about helping and teaching others to learn the simple craft to help them too. I always say, that if I only help or teach one person, then I am happy, although I would obviously like to help many!
Advice for Newbies
One thing I learned as a self taught knitter, and I highly recommend you listen to this advice if you are new to knitting, is don’t search You Tube videos for a certain technique or stitch, and watch all or any videos that come up.
Why? Well, some techniques are different depending on HOW you learn to knit. Believe me when I say, I spent years struggling to figure out why knitting was so hard. It was simply because I was wrapping my yarn the wrong way around the needle when creating each stitch.
I had watched so many videos of ‘how to’ that I simply confused myself. I don’t want that for you. Knitting really is a simple process that doesn’t need to be overcomplicated and certainly not right at the stage of learning the basics!
(Just to add, if there is a stitch or technique you would like to learn and want help with, please reach out to me and I will help you. I’ll even go as far as creating a video if I’m able at the time, to keep the momentum going for you!)
Below, I will walk you through step by step in video format, how to cast on, knit and bind off. Videos are a great way to learn. Watching over the shoulder of another person over and over again, pausing and rewatching as much as you need to.
The Pattern – A Farmhouse Style Knitted Dishcloth
In this post, I am walking you through how to create your first knitted and usable piece for your home – a farmhouse style dishcloth. This is simple to knit, won’t take you too long to complete and will therefore leave you feeling accomplished and wanting to cast on another.
This will build the momentum you need as a beginner, although I think you’ll find yourself wanting to cast on more and more anyway!! Yes, I am talking from experience!
How Many Can/Should I Make?
This is entirely up to you! How many do you want to rotate in your kitchen?
You should be able to knit three dishcloths from one 2.5oz/70g ball of Lily’s Sugar N Cream Cotton Yarn, depending on your gauge. I knit three almost perfectly from one ball.
Some people knit tight, some people knit loose. It really doesn’t matter much on this beginner project. The only thing is that if you’re a very loose knitter, you may not get quite 3 dishcloths from one small ball. Although there are larger balls, 2 packs, multi-packs and cones available too!
What You Will Need
- 5mm (US Size 7) Knitting Needles
- Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Solids 100% Cotton Yarn in Ecru No. 0004 (2.5oz/70g)
- A Pair of Scissors
- Darning/Tapestry Needle
Using the Long Tail Cast On Method, Cast On 30 Stitches, as per this video below on my IGTV channel. You can follow me here for more ideas and inspiration too!
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Want to learn to knit? Maybe you’ve thought about it at one time or another? Knitting is so very therapeutic, it is so good for mental health and clarity and yes, ANYBODY can do it!! 🥰 So, I’m bringing you a video of how to cast on stitches to a knitting needle, using my favourite method – the Long Tail Cast On. Tell me if you’d like to see more, and I’ll continue to create the steps to get you knitting in no time! No confusion, just follow my steps 👍🏼 Bonus, I’ll even provide you with a pattern to create at the end that is perfect for ANY home and you will feel fabulous about because YOU made it!!!
The Knitting – Knit Stitch
The next thing you will need to do is learn the knit stitch from my next video (there are two parts to this, make sure you watch the second one too to see how to avoid having to weave in the ends of your yarn at the starting point of your project).
Video One here will show you how to create a knitted piece in what is known as ‘garter stitch’.
Once you have watched and learned how to knit, replicate this on your own piece. You will need to continue knitting every stitch on every row for approximately 7 inches, which is approximately how wide your piece should be. For this project though, exact measurements don’t matter. We’ll get into that at a later date.
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This is part one of the second step of the learning to knit mini series. Step one was learning to cast on using my favourite method! Check that video out first here on my channel before watching this one! Click the link in bio to register for our official launch and be inspired with free patterns and inspiration and tag a friend below who might like this!
This video will show you how to bind off your knitted piece. One your piece measures approximately 7×7 inches, you’re ready to bind, which is to remove the ‘live’ stitches from your needle. As per the video, make sure to do this loosely.
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This is the third step of the learning how to knit mini series. Step one was learning to cast on using my favourite method, step two was learning the knit stitch and this video teaches you the simple knit bind off. Check out those videos first here on my channel before watching this one! Click the link in bio to register for our official launch and be inspired with free patterns and inspiration and tag a friend below who might like this!
Then all that is left is to weave in that end of yarn that is left hanging from your dishcloth. Follow this video on how to weave in the end using your tapestry needle!
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So you’ve been following along on my mini learn to knit series? This is the video that shows you how to finish your piece, before we move on to more stitches and techniques 🧶 If you haven’t already watched the others, head right back over to the first one now on my IGTV Channel 👍🏼 If you give knitting a go from watching these videos, please tag me in your post 🧶 I’d love to see how you’re going!!
The Pattern – Condensed Version
- Cast on 30 Stitches
- Knit every row until your piece of fabric measures approx. 7 inches
- Bind Off Loosely
- Weave in Ends
And that’s it. You have just created your first FINISHED knitted item that you can get to using immediately! How good does it feel? I’m going to bet you want to cast on another right now!!! Am I right?
Variation – Adding in Farmhouse Stripes
If you’re feeling confident and would like to give it a go, you can add in some farmhouse stripes? If you are a super beginner knitter, you may find this a bit fiddly, but if you’re not and fancy adding in some stripes, follow this pattern…
- Cast On 30 stitches using your main colour (Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Solids in Ecru No. 0004)
- Knit 5 Rows
- Change to co-ordinating/Contrast Colour of Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Yarn (I used the solid shade called Stonewash No. 1118). Do NOT cut the natural yarn.
- Knit 2 Rows
- Change back to Main Colour, wrapping the strand colours around themselves clockwise once.
- Knit 2 Rows in Main Colour
- Repeat Until you have as many stripes as you want. I added 3 but 1 or 2 would look equally as nice!
- Once you finish knitting the striped rows, cut the contrasting colour yarn. Leave approx. a 6-8 inch tail for weaving in at the end.
- Continue knitting your piece in the main colour until it measures approx. 7 inches.
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