Knitting Lessons - The Basics
Step 1: Getting Started
Find your free Knitting Instructions & Lessons here: Learn the basics of knitting with this easy tutorial including illustrations and abbreviations in English, Spanish, and French.
Make a slip knot on the needle about two yards from the end of the yarn. (This amount varies according to the number of stitches to be cast on, but always allow plenty!) Holding needle in right hand, loop end of yarn around left thumb and hold it in the left palm. Insert tip of needle into loop on thumb, pass yarn leading to the ball around needle from back to front, draw yarn through loop. Slip loop off thumb and tighten stitch thus formed on needle.
Holding needle with cast-on stitches in your left hand and second needle in your right, with yarn at back insert tip of right-hand needle into the first stitch from left to right, front to back. With right hand, pass yarn under and over tip of right-hand needle, draw yarn through stitch, and slip stitch just worked in off.
Holding needle with stitches in your left hand and second needle in your right, with yarn at front insert tip of right-hand needle into first stitch from right to left, back to front. With right hand, pass yarn over and under tip of right-hand needle, draw yarn through stitch, and slip stitch just worked in off left-hand needle.
Step 2: Increasing and Decreasing
Work the stitch as usual but do not slip the stitch just worked in off the left-hand needle; work again in the same stitch inserting the needle into the back of the stitch. Now slip the stitch worked in off the left-hand needle.
Another method of increasing is to knit one stitch in the back of the stitch in the row below, then knit the stitch above as usual.
If knitting, insert tip of right-hand needle into second stitch on left-hand needle, then into first stitch; work the two together as one stitch.
If purling, insert tip of right-hand needle into first stitch on left-hand needle, then into second stitch; work the two together as one stitch.
SL 1, K 1, PSSO
SL=slip. K=Knit. PSSO= Pass slipped stitch over.
Slip stitch from left-hand needle to right-hand one without knitting it. Knit the next stitch. Insert tip of left-hand needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knitted stitch, and off needle.
Step 3: Yarn Over
YO= yarn over
If knitting, bring yarn to front of work, over right-hand needle to back, and then knit the next stitch.
If purling, wind yarn completely around the right-hand needle from front to back. and then purl the next stitch.
Casting on during work
Turn work so needle to which yarn is attached is held in left hand. Insert tip of right-hand needle into first stitch, pass yarn under and over and draw it through stitch; leave stitch worked in on left-hand needle.
Transfer new stitch from right-hand needle to left-hand, needle. Repeat for the required number of stitches, then turn work again and continue as the directions specify.
Step 4: Binding Off
Work the first two stitches as you would in a regular pattern row. * Insert tip of left-hand needle from left to right into first stitch worked. Pass first stitch over second stitch and off right-hand needle. Work the next stitch and repeat from *.
Continue practicing these basic techniques until you have found a comfortable tension and your work looks even. You may then try a simple knitting project. If you are pleased with the results then you will be ready for more advanced projects. Happy Knitting
Term English Espanola Francais k knit punto derecho tricoter a l'endroit p purl punto reves tricoter a l'envers beg beginning comenzando commencement st(s) stitch(es) punto(s) maille(s) ch chain cadeneta chaine sl slip punto sin tejer glissez sl st slip stitch punto leventado glissez 1 maille psso pass slip stitch over knit stitch pase un punto sin tejer sobre punto tejido passez la maille glissee par dessus CC Contrasting Color dec decrease inc increase lp loop MC Main Color pat pattern(s) rem remaining rep Repeat St st stockinette Stitch tog together