How to Knit - Easy
Knitting Instructions and Step-by-Step Pictures
Learn how to knit with
these easy knitting instructions and
step-by-step guide using simple pictures. Knitting is so easy, requires
little effort, and can be very relaxing. It is a hobby that you can do
in front of the fireplace on a cold winter's night, while you are
watching your favorite TV program. More complicated patterns
take more concentration, but in the main, knitting is not a difficult
hobby to pick up at all.
HOW TO KNIT AND CAST ON
WITH ONE NEEDLE
The first process in knitting is known by the term CASTING ON- There
are two ways of doing this: with one needle, and with two. Our first
diagram represents the former process. Take the thread between
the second and third fingers of the left hand, leaving an end of about
a yard for every hundred stitches; pass it round the thumb of that
hand, giving it a twist, so as to form a loop. Take a knitting-needle
in the right hand, insert the point in the loop, and pass the thread
from the ball round the needle; then bend the point of the needle
through the loop, which tighten, and one stitch will be complete.
Continue to make loops over the thumb, with the end of thread, and
knit them with that from the ball until the proper number is cast on.
HOW TO KNIT AND CAST ON
WITH TWO NEEDLES
To cast on with two
needles, (generally called the
begin by making a loop on the end of the thread, into which slip the
point of one needle, holding it in the left hand. Take the other
needle in the right hand, and slip its point into the same loop, bring
the thread round the point of this needle, and bend the needle towards
you, so that the thread forms a loop on it. Slip that also on the left
needle, without withdrawing it from the right. Put the thread round
the right again, and repeat the process.
HOW TO KNIT
AND CAST ON
WITH TWO NEEDLES
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLAIN KNITTING: After all the stitches are cast on, hold
containing them in the left hand. Pass the thread round the little
finger of the right hand, under the second and
third, and above the
point of the first. Then take the other needle in the right hand, slip
the point in the first stitch, and put the thread round it; bring
forward the point of the right-hand needle, so that the thread forms a
loop on it. Slip the end of the left-hand needle out of the stitch,
and a new stitch is knitted.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GERMAN METHOD: The thread, instead of being held by the
the right hand, is passed over and under those of the left. The
process otherwise is exactly the same.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PURLING: Begin by bringing the thread in
front of the
needle, which slip into a stitch pointing towards you; that is
in the reverse of the usual mode (see diagram). Put the thread round
the point of the needle, still bringing it towards you, bend the
needle backwards to form a loop, and withdraw the stitch from the
point of the left-hand needle.
HOW TO KNIT USING PLAIN
When knitted and purled stitches occur in the same row, the thread
must be brought forward before a purled stitch, and taken back before
a knitted one.
HOW TO KNIT USING THE
INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE A STITCH - Bring the thread in front,
as if for a purled
stitch, so that when you knit one the thread will pass over the
needle, and will make a hole in the following row. This diagram shows
the manner of making three stitches, and any other number could be
made, by putting the thread round a proportionate number of times. In
the engraving it will be seen that the thread is put twice entirely
round the needle; and then brought forward, so that the next knitted
stitch will take it over a third time. In doing the next row, knit
one, purl one, knit one of these stitches; however many are
made, they must be alternately knitted and purled in the next
row. When the stitch allowing the made stitches is to be purled, the
thread must be entirely passed round the needle, once for every stitch
to be made, and brought forward also.
KNIT USING THE PURLING PATTERN
HOW TO KNIT AND TO
MAKE A STITCH
INSTRUCTIONS FOR A SLIP STITCH: Pass a stitch from the
left needle to the right, without
knitting it. There are two ways of decreasing: first, by knitting two,
three, or more stitches as one, marked in knitting, as k 2 t, k
3 t, etc. Secondly, in the following way: slip one stitch, knit-one,
pass the slip stitch over: this decreases one stitch. To decrease two;
slip one, knit two together, pass the slip stitch over.
HOW TO KNIT AND TO
A reverse stitch is taken off the left-hand needle, in the reverse way
to knitting and purling. In both these, the right-hand needle is
inserted in the middle of the stitch, and the point brought out
towards you or otherwise. But to make a reverse stitch, you insert the
point of the needle in the stitch at
the back of the work,
it forward through the opening in which it generally is inserted. The
thread is to be placed round it, as for a purled stitch.
HOW TO KNIT TWO PIECES
To reverse two, three, or more stitches together, insert the needle in
them all at once, from the last to the first.
INSTRUCTIONS TO TAKE UP STITCHES: Insert the needle in
loop, pass the thread
round, and knit it in the usual manner. Do not draw out any loop more
than can be avoided, while knitting it.
INSTRUCTIONS TO KNIT TWO PIECES TOGETHER: To do this
there must be an equal number
of stitches on both.
HOW TO KNIT TO
FORM A ROUND
Hold the needles together in the right hand, and knit as usual,
inserting the left-hand needle in a loop of each at the same time, and
treating the two as one.
HOW TO KNIT AND
INSTRUCTIONS TO FORM A ROUND: This diagram represents the
French manner of
performing this process by casting the whole number of stitches
on one needle, and then distributing them on three, or perhaps four.
But the English mode is to divide the number of stitches, and cast so
many on each needle, not withdrawing the last stitch of each needle
from the point of the next needle. When all are cast on, the round is
made by knitting the two
stitches on to the
last needle. Four
needles are employed for stockings, five for doilies and other round
INSTRUCTIONS TO CAST OFF:Knit two stitches,
insert the point of the left hand
needle in the first stitch, and draw it on the other. Knit another
stitch, and treat these two in the same way.
As you can see, learning
how to knit is a very simple
exercise. We hope you have lots of fun this winter learning your new
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