How To Knit


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In this video I’ll teach you how to knit. Very simple, very basic, very slow and great for beginners. I cover the essentials of casting on, knitting with the knit stitch and casting off when you’re finished.

Video by RJ Knits
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hey guys it’s Ryan today I’m going to be
teaching you the very very basics of
knitting so all you’re going to need is
any type of yarn any type of knitting
needle so let’s get started before we
even pick up our knitting needles you’re
going to want to take your yarn and make
a slipknot on the very end of it and to
do that all you need to do is make a
loop this is the next little loop and
when you make your loop make sure that
the short end of your yarn is crossing
over the long end so when I say short
end I mean basically the end of your
yarn make sure it crosses over the rest
of your yarn that’s connecting to
everything else
take your two fingers and go through the
hole grab the long end and pull it
through and then you can pull with the
short end to tighten it so you make a
nice little slipknot so now that you
have that you can take your first
knitting needle and slip it on through
the hole and then use the short end of
your yarn to pull it tight well actually
you want to use the long end to pull it
tight and that’s going to serve as the
end of whatever you’re knitting and I’m
using pretty big knitting needles just
to make it easier for you guys to see
and now what you’re going to do is
you’re going to want to add on basically
more loops and the more loops that you
put on either knitting needle is going
to determine the width or the thickness
of whatever you’re knitting so if you
want a really wide scarf you’re going to
want to put more loops on your needle
and I’m only going to put on about 10 or
15 or so just for this example so to put
loops on what you’re going to want to do
is take the long part of your yarn the
part that’s connecting to the ball or
whatever and loop it around your index
finger and you’re going to want to take
your needle and slide the needle through
the loop and then the needle takes the
loop and pull it tight so again wind the
yarn around your index finger barely
even and slide that off onto your needle
so you’ve got this little nice little
loop on your needle and you can pull it
tight and slide it down with the rest of
them so again you wind the yarn around
your index finger come up with the
needle and slide it all the way off and
then slide that loop down and I want to
repeat that for however long you want or
however wide you want whatever you’re
knitting to be so as you can see as you
build them up you’re making all these
little loops down on the bottom
so again ticket loop it around your
index finger bring your needle and slide
it off slide it down you can do this
however many times you want it to be but
the more loops that you put on this
first needle is basically making more
work for yourself because it’s
determining how wide whatever you’re
going to knit is going to be
once you’ve put on your first row of
loops it’s going to look something like
this and you want to keep them as close
to the end of the needle and as possible
without them falling off and if you
notice I’ve trimmed the tail off mine
just to make it easier and so it doesn’t
get tangled up with the long end of the
yarn and now that we’ve done that we are
going to want to flip what we have made
so if you notice how the long end of the
yarn right now is coming off the left
side of the needle and we have all these
bumps on the left side of the needle as
well we’re going to want to flip it so
it comes out the right side so we have
it right here just flip the entire thing
so that the long piece of yarn is coming
up the right side of the needle now and
we have all the bumps on the right side
and now that we have done that we can
take our next needle our second needle
and actually start knitting you want to
keep everything kind of loose and close
to the end of the needle don’t worry if
you drop a few of the loops or you get a
knot or anything because this is just
practice and learning how to do it so
take your needle in your right hand and
put your left hand as close to the end
of the needle as you possibly can
because you’re going to be needing to
eventually hold both needles with your
right hand that’ll just make it easier
for you you’re going to want to take
your right needle and we’re going to put
it through this first loop
we’re going to push it through along the
back side of your left needle so you
make an X and we have that loop now it’s
kind of white in the white and out and
it’s wrapping all the way around both of
the needles now and now is when you’re
going to want to hold both needles with
your left hand and with your right hand
take the yarn that we have and make sure
that the yarn is behind everything it’s
not like crossing over one of the
needles or lost somewhere make sure it’s
behind everything you’re going to take
the yarn and wrap it around and through
that X that we’ve made so wrap it around
the right needle and down through the X
so it’s going basically it’s cutting
that loop in half and now grab the right
needle with your right hand and we’re
going to scoop off the rest of that loop
you have kind of a sectional they’re
going to scoop through the left section
and slide off the loop onto the right
needle all right and you’re going to
want to do that for every single loop
that we put on and I’ll do that again
so you can watch because it could be
kind of it’s quick and it’s can be kind
of easy to get lost so take your right
needle and put it through the next loop
along the backside of the left needle so
you make that X with your right hand
take the yarn and wrap it around the
right needle and through the X pull it
tight and now you’ve cut that loop in
half take the right needle through that
loop
and scoop it off try it one more time
take the right needle put it down
through the loop along the backside of
the left needle you’re stretching that
loop out take the yarn in your right
hand and wrap it through the X pull it
tight and then slide the loop off and
with the right needle scoop everything
dip down through that little hole and
you have this new loop that forms and
pull off the old loop and pull it tight
and when you’re finishing it’s it’s no
different from what you were doing
before you just want to scoop the last
couple loops out and when you’re on the
last one it can be kind of scary to do
because you have that tail right there
but there shouldn’t be any problem just
scoop it through around and slide it off
you’ll notice that all of our bumps and
kind of our yarn are on the left side
you’re going to want to turn either your
whole needle or turn the bumps and the
loops you want to turn them so that
they’re all facing the right side we
basically added a second row of loops on
top of those first loops so these are
the first loops that we had on we’ve
replaced them with a new row of loops
and knitting is essentially doing that
repeating that motion over and over and
over again and growing those loops scoop
that first loop and go up along the
backside of the left needle and then
take your yarn wrap it around and
through the X that you’ve made and then
scoop off that loop take your right
needle put it through that loop along
the back side make your X wrap around
and through the X and then slide off
at second row and then you’re going to
want to repeat through the X and scoop
it off when you’re at a good stopping
point it will look something like this
and now you can clearly see the pattern
that’s starting to form with each new
layer of loops that you add on and it’s
going to look like this on both sides
you can obviously keep going and make
this as long as you want but when you’re
ready to finish it’s got its own special
process to finish your knitting or some
people call it casting off or binding
off I just call it a being done screwed
everything off to the edge of your
needle like you were going to start a
new row and you’re going to want to knit
just two loops the first two loops
and then with your left needle you’re
going to take that first loop again and
pull you’re going to want to pull it
over the second loop so I’ll do that
again just to show you take your left
needle slide it through the first loop
and then you’re going to want to pull
this loop through the first loop and
it’s going to feel kind of scary doing
that the first time it’s going to look
kind of weird but as you repeat that
it’ll make a little more sense what
you’re doing um so again you’re going to
want on it just one this time and then
take the bottom loop and slide the top
loop through the bottom until it’s off
the needle and then pull it tight you
want to keep doing that again so knit
one and then slide the bottom loop over
the top loop then you’re going to want
to knit another
take the bottom loop slide it over and
pull the top loop through that loop
and as you go you’re going to start
seeing that we’re closing these off and
when you’re on a very last loop to close
off
close it off completely and then you
only got to hanging on here you can
still do what you’ve been doing pull the
bottom loop slide the bottom loop over
the top loop and then pull the top loop
through test I’m sort of not so that
this doesn’t pull through and unravel
everything that you’ve done so I’m just
going to tie it quick knot and then cut
off the remaining yarn the end of the
loop you can tuck in any remaining parts
actually just tucked it in to some of
the holes here and you can do the same
with the beginning tail that you have
still you can just tie it off trim it or
just tuck it in somewhere and we’re
finished
this is your basic knitting pattern as
you can see it’s pretty stretchy and
plain but you can still get a feel for
the type of pattern that’s starting to
form this type of stitch is called a
knitting stitch the other type of stitch
that I’ll be showing you is a purl
stitch and when you combine purl
stitches with knitting stitches that’s
how you get different types of patterns
and textures so I’ll be showing you
those in future videos be sure to check
them out but in the meantime now you
know the basics and thanks for watching

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