How To: Knit - Darn Good Yarn

How To: Knit

We know that learning how to knit can seem like a daunting task. With our videos and step-by-step written instructions, you can learn the knitting basics at your own speed, and on your own time! 

1. Cast On & Cast Off

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To start knitting, we must first learn how to cast on. There is a lot of ways to cast on, but the most common method is the Long Tail Cast On. The Long Tail Cast On creates a nice stretchy edge that works well for stockinette stitch or for ribbing. To bind off or cast off knitting, you secure the stitches in the last row worked so they don’t unravel. Binding off and casting off knitting is also called finishing the edge.

2. Basic Knit Stitch

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The basic knit instructions above will show you how to cast on and make a knit stitch, also known as garter stitch.

3. Purl & Knit Stitch

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Now is the time to learn how to purl and knit stitch. The purl stitch is an inverted knit stitch. It's best to think of it as a coin - there is a knit side (heads) and a purl side (tails). 

4. Rib Stitch

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Creating the rib stitch creates textured vertical stripes. The rib stitch consists of columns of knit stitches alternating with columns of purl stitches. To do this, you change from knit stitches to purl stitches within a row. 

5. Continental Style 

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When you knit Continental-style (as opposed to English-style, shown in videos above), you hold both the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Both methods give you the same results. It's best to try each method and find the one that is most comfortable for you.

6. Arm Knitting

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Arm knitting is easier than traditional knitting because you don't have to deal with needles. Use a super bulky yarn and your arms to create your next project! Don't know what to make? Check out some of our arm knitting kits - 30 Minute Arm Knit Scarf & Arm Knit Blanket.

7. Raspberry Stitch 

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The Raspberry Stitch pattern is a textured bobble stitch with staggered bunches of stitches that resemble a raspberry bush. This stitch quickly gives texture and character to any project. Also called the Trinity Stitch or Blackberry Stitch, it’s a great way to add dimension to blankets that you can see on our Raspberry Dream Baby Blanket!

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