Knitting: How to Cast-On, Knit & Purl

Updated on September 5, 2018
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It took B Mayfield a long time to feel comfortable holding knitting needles, but now she's good enough to demonstrate basic knitting.

Knitting is a very relaxing and rewarding hobby. You can make washcloths, blankets, a classic Weasley Christmas sweater, scarves, and much more! Knitting has been around for many years. The first known knitted artifact was discovered in Egypt, circa 1000-1400 AD.

If you're looking to learn how to knit, you've certainly come to the right place! In this article, I will show you how to create a slip knot, cast-on stitches, knit, and purl.

While there are many different stitches and infinite knitting patterns, the simple knit and purl are the foundation of many great creations. To begin any piece, an easy slip knot and a simple cast-on will be used.

While they may seem difficult at first, practice will make perfect. Don't give up! It took me a long time to feel comfortable holding the needles. After you knit a few rows, you'll find your rhythm.

Grab your yarn, needles, and rocking chair and let's knit to work! (That joke works better when said aloud.)

Beginning Your Work: The Slip Knot

Each great knitting piece starts with a simple slip knot. This allows you to adjust your first loop to whatever size your little heart desires.

As an added bonus, if knitting doesn't work out for you, you can always begin a career as a mediocre magician!

How to Cast-On

Once you have mastered the art of the slip knot, you can begin casting-on your stitches. It's an extremely simple task. Once your get your finger rhythm down, you'll be casting-on 'til the break of dawn!

Knitting and Purling

Time for the big kahunas: knitting and purling. Obviously, the knit stitch is the foundation of knitting, but the purl is just as important! The purl is simply the opposite of a knit stitch and vice versa.

Though they are the most basic stitches used in knitting, they can be combined to create thousands of beautiful patterns!

How to Knit & Purl

© 2018 Brittany Mayfield


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