Low Sutton - Masham
North Yorkshire

Bed & Breakfast in the Yorkshire Dales - Home of Low Sutton Wool

how to knit for beginners

top knitting tips

1. Always knit a test square to check your tension. For example, the pattern may say your work should measure 10cm square over 22 sts and 30 rows. If your tension is tighter, you may need to try a larger needle, or a smaller one if your work is looser. Getting the correct stitch tension is more important than the row tension.

2. New stitches are knitted onto the right needle, slipping old stitches off the left needle.

3. When you finish a row, the left needle will be empty and the right needle full. Turn the right needle round to become the left needle and start knitting new stitches onto the empty right needle.

4. When following a pattern, there will be a key to tell you what the abbreviations mean. For instance, 'K1' means knit one stitch, 'sts' means stitches.

5. When you have mastered the basics we have a range of knitting kits to try, designed for the novice knitter. Or perhaps you will want to source your own patterns, in which case we have a range of 100% pure British wool yarns to purchase produced from locally sourced flocks in Yorkshire. All our yarns are undyed showing off their natural colours.

casting on

1. Make a slip knot .........................

  1. Take the loose end of the yarn and pull out about 10 to 12 inches of yarn from your ball of yarn. This is the yarn we will be working with. Take the tail of the yarn and make a small loop, fold working end of the yarn over onto the tail of the yarn creating a small x between the two strands that are crossing with the loose end is on bottom.
  2. Take another small section of yarn about 2 inches away from the loop, pinch the x with thumb and index finger, create another small loop and pinch it together as well.
  3. Take the smaller loop and thread through the bigger loop making sure to come underneath the larger loop instead of over it.
  4. Grab the tail end of end of the yarn and the working yarn, pull the loop tight leaving enough room for your knitting needle
  5. Pull the yarn to tighten it on the needle, so making the first stitch.

........ And place it on a needle held in your left hand. Put the right hand needle into the stitch and loop the yarn under and around it.

2. With the right hand needle, pull the loop of yarn through the stitch and slip the loop onto the left hand needle to form a second stitch.

3. Put the right hand needle between the two stitches you've just made. Loop the yarn under and around the right hand needle as before.

4. With the right hand needle, pull the loop of yarn through the stitch and slip the loop onto the left hand needle.

knit stitches

1. With the yarn at the back of your work, slip the right hand needle into the front of the stitch on the left hand needle, bringing the point of the right hand needle out behind the left hand needle.

2. Pass the yarn around the right hand needle as you did for casting on.

3. Pull the loop of yarn through the stitch to make a new stitch on the right hand needle, sliding the old stitch off the left hand needle. Continue to the end of the row.

purl stitches

1.With the yarn at the front of the work, put the right hand needle into the stitch on the left hand needle, bringing the point out in front of the left hand needle.

2.Pass the yarn over and around the right hand needle as shown.

3.Pull the loop of yarn through the stitch to make a new stitch on the right hand needle, slipping the old stitch off the left hand needle. Continue to the end of the row.

casting off

1.To cast off on a knit row, knit the first two stitches onto the right hand needle. Keeping the yarn at the back of the work, put the left hand needle into the first stitch, as shown.

2.Lift this stitch over the second stitch, taking it off the needle.

3.You will be left with one stitch on the right needle. Knit another stitch and repeat to the end of the row.

4. When there is only one stitch left, slip this off the needle and thread the yarn through the loop to secure it.

Garter Stitch is when every row is a knit row
Stocking Stitch is one row knit, one row purl