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October 04 2010

Knitting Hats: How to Knit a Beanie

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If you have the skills to make a scarf then learning how to knit a beanie is easy peasy!

A lot of people are like me: they have a pretty good understanding of most simple knitting techniques but they shy away from doing more advanced projects. When it comes to knitting something like a hat, well, it sounds to advanced to even get started!

It’s true that some hats are complex, especially hats that require knitting in the round. But, know this, if you have the skills to make a scarf then learning how to knit a beanie is easy peasy!

Let’s get started! Here is an overview of everything you need to know, including instructions to knit a beanie. (...)
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September 27 2010

Instructions: How to Knit a Garter Stitch

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Once you get into a groove knitting the garter stitch, it's very easy to do.

To the uninitiated, knitting may look dizzyingly complex. It’s really not as complicated as it seems, though, because knitting only uses two basic stitches—the knit and the purl.

You’ll find that after you’ve learned how to knit these two basic stitches you will be able to tackle almost any pattern.

On the flip side, don’t let the simplicity of the stitches fool you into thinking that everything you knit will be easy! Advanced knitting can also become fairly challenging with lots of little variations in how to perform these two types of stitching.

For instance, whether you’re knitting or purling, the first stitch in each new row is the Garter stitch. (...)
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September 22 2010

How to Knit a Yarn Over Stitch

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To knit a yarn over all you need to do is loop the yarn around your right hand needle counterclockwise, or back to front.

Once you begin to graduate from merely knitting and purling stitches you are going to begin to learn a few other little tricks that can really make a difference in whether or not you can do some of the more complex knitting patterns. Increasing and decreasing rows is certainly one of those types of techniques. A yarn over stitch is one example of a way to increase stitching.

Yarn over also makes a small hole in the row and is often combined with a “knit two together stitch” to create a little arched gap in your knitting. You must always use an increase along with a decrease like this if you want to keep the same number of stitches in a row and not actually increase. (...)
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September 18 2010

Binding Off: How to Stop Knitting

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Learning how to bind off your knitting project is one of the last things you'll need to do. Follow these instructions and end your knitting in style.

Once you’ve learned how to cast on, knit and purl, you’ll be on a roll. You may even find that you’ve have made your way through an entire skein and of yarn before realizing you have no idea how to stop!

Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s easy to get in a groove while knitting rows, but eventually you’re going to have to get just as good at binding off as you are at knitting and purling. Binding off can be described in three simple steps.

How to Bind Off Your Knitting

Step One: Once you’ve completed the last row, cast off as if you were going to continue the same pattern. Knit or Purl the first couple of stitches on this final row.

Step Two: You should now have two stitches on the right hand needle. Use the left needle to grab and pull the first stitch up and over the second sttitch and over at the tip of the right hand needle leaving you with one stitch, which is actually the second stitch on the right hand needle. Knit or purl the next sttitch and repeat until you are left with no stitches on the left-hand needle and one stitch on the right-hand.

Step Three: Slip the last stitch off the right-hand needle and trim yarn leaving a couple of inches to weave back into the project. Slip this through the last loop and pull tight so the loop will not unravel. And finally, use a sewing needle or crochet hook to weave the loose end through several stitches in the project.

And that is actually all there is to binding off. In effect, you are using a stitch variation to lock the pattern into itself and then, as the saying goes, tying up your loose end. You can practice binding off and casting on by just knitting a few rows with some left over yarn that you have lying around.


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September 16 2010

Knitting Instructions for Casting Off

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Now that you've got the hang of casting on, it's time to learn how to cast off.

You may feel comfortable knitting and purling rows quite happily for hours, but when it comes to casting or binding off you might be making it harder than it needs to be. Once you learn this simple method for casting off your knitting you will feel just as good about finishing a project as you are in the middle.

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you know just how many stitches you are going to need to cast off at the end of a pattern. Once you know how many stitches to leave, you will be able to know exactly when to begin casting off. (...)
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September 09 2010

Knitting Instructions: How to Cast On

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Learning how to cast on isn't as hard as it looks.

When you’re first beginning to learn how to knit you may find that learning to cast on seems more difficult than it should be. Part of the reason for this is that there are so many different terms for the various methods you can use to begin a knitting project that all describe the same things.

In reality there are five basic methods of casting on even though they go by a number of different names. (...)
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