LESSON 1: Stockinette Stitch Basics
What you will learn:
- How to hold your yarn
- How to do a long tail cast on
- How to do a knit stitch
- How to do a purl stitch
- Knit side vs. purl side
- How to Bind Off
- Stockinette Stitch
- Garter Stitch
I believe the best way to learn anything is by doing. Doing anything with someone else is even better. So this site is devoted to learning how to knit through knit-a-longs (KAL), and sharing with each other all we have learned.
I started crocheting at the age of 8 from my grandmother. Then, when I was 15, after failing miserably to teach ourselves, my mom and I took some knitting lessons. What made the difference for me was the style I had been taught. At first Mom and I had tried American style knitting. Now, if that’s what you like please keep doing it. But, for me trying to switch to knitting after crochet was easier with the continental method. No more struggling with holding 2 needles in 1 hand it just made sense for me.
So this is where we will begin. I knit continental and that’s what I’m going to be talking about and showing you. If you use the American method, please let us know how and why you like it in the comments section. I believe there is a way for everyone and my way may not be yours. So Knit Along any way that is comfortable for you, but please join in the conversation.
First let’s talk about our first project I think a nice stockinette stitch, dish cloth is perfect for beginners. The dish cloth makes a nice practice swatch to get a feel for the stitches. This is a small project that you will be able to finish easily. Not to mention, if you have too much trouble getting the hang of it, you won’t mind getting it dirty in the dish water. This project will give you time to practice the basics of knitting the stockinette and garter stitches. Plus, getting comfortable with hand tension and the consistency in your stitches. Practice makes perfect!
What you will need:
- Size 8 knitting needles
- 1 Ball of Lily Sugar & Cream Cotton Yarn
Knitting Pattern: A Wash Cloth in a Stockinette & Garter Stitch
Cast On 34 stitches (long tail cast-on)
Garter Stitch Border: Knit 7
Row 1: Knit 4, Purl 26, Knit 4
Row 2: Knit all Stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until you are about 1″ from a finished square.
Garter Stitch Border: Knit 7 rows
(Note: Knitting the first 4 and last 4 stitches of every row will create the garter stitch border along sides of the square)
Weave in Ends.
- Garter Stitch Border
Below I have included 3 videos for you to watch. The first is a nice one showing you how to do a long tail cast on. It is from Studio Knit. The other video shows how to do a knit stitch and a purl stitch. It was made by How to Knit and Purl, Continental For Dummies. I picked out these videos, because I felt they were clear and easy to follow along with. I hope to provide my own videos in the near future, but until then I know these are excellent sources as well. Also, a great resource is The New Stitch A Day site, which I love it’s chocked full of new stitches. Now to finish it off the Bind Off video is easy to follow as well.
Well I can’t wait to hear how your square is coming along. Also a great square is the Awareness Ribbon Washcloth by Donna Burgess on Ravelry. I have also included a picture in my article, 3 Reasons You Should Get a Mammogram for October Cancer Awareness Month. Please feel free to post a pic of your washcloth or ask a question. I look forward to hearing from you. If I can be of any help, please let me know.