I’ve created and filmed several videos to teach the basic knitting skills. Here you will find videos on how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off. I’ve also included instructions for increasing and decreasing your knitting and how to knit if you are left handed.
If you find these videos helpful, then you might like to check out my
How to Knit DVD
for full instructions on how to knit.
Casting on with one needle
in the right hand and the yarn held in the left hand.
This cast on edge is springy yet firm and very quick and simple to make.
One Needle Cast On Video
Casting on with two needles.
This gives a very neat edge which is ideal for kids jumpers as it is harder wearing than the one needle cast on.
Two Needle Cast On Video
Knits and Purls
The knit stitch
is the first basic knitting stitch which, together with the purl stitch is all you need to create all sorts of knitted textures, patterns and garments.
Make a Knit Stitch Video
The purl stitch
is a knit stitch in reverse. Together with the knit stitch is almost all you need to know!
Make a Purl Stitch Video
Ribbing is alternating knit and purl stitches, usually knit 1, purl 1 or knit 2, purl 2.
K1, P1 Rib Video
K2, P2 Rib Video
At the end of your piece of work you will need to cast off, or bind off, to leave a neat finished edge.
Casting Off Video
Knitting Increase Stitches
There are two ways of increasing stitches other than casting on. These are by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch or by ‘making one’. When you increase by knitting into the front and back of a stitch, you are left with a small bar across on the knit side of the fabric. This is barely visible, even with stocking stitch, but to increase invisibly, use Make One increasing.
Increase by Knitting into Front and Back Video
Increase by Making One Video
Decreasing Stitches in Knitting
The following videos show two different ways of decreasing stitches for shaping. The slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over (skpsso in patterns) is used for a left slanting decrease, normally on the right edge of a garment while the knit two together (k2tog in patterns) is used for a right slanting decrease on the left edge.
Decrease Stitches skpsso Video
Derease Stitches k2tog Video
Left Handed Knitting
A friend of mine very kindly agreed to knit left handed for me to video for the website. Her hands are the knitting and purling videos that follow. Unfortunately I couldn’t use the footage of her casting on and casting off so I have done my best to learn to do both myself. If the casting on and casting off videos look a little clumsy it’s because I am a right handed knitter learning a new skill!
If you do decide to learn to knit left handed, it is vital to reverse pattern shapings and read the pattern charts from right to left rather than left to right.
Left Handed Cast On Video
Left Handed Knitting Video
Left Handed Purling Video
Left Handed Cast Off Video