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Start your knitting journey with this course for beginners. These step by step youtube video tutorials will help you learn all of the basics from creating your first slip knot, casting on then move on to knit stitch and purl stitch.

Once you have mastered the basics you can improve your knitting knowledge and you’ll be able to create all kinds of beautiful projects with patterns on the blog or in the shop in no time.

Further down the page you will find help with reading patterns and abbreviations that can sometimes seem like reading another language, but don’t worry you’ll be fluent in no time!

Don’t forget to check out the Learn To Knit & Crochet page too for help with yarns, tools and general techniques so you can knit like you mean it!

Learn To Knit For Beginners

Knitting doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby, you just need some needles and some yarn, that’s it!

As KingAndEye has evolved I get more and more messages from new knitters and crocheters and I have realised that most people find it easier to learn with chunkier yarns and larger needles as they can see the way that the yarn travels during each stitch. 

If you’re not sure which needle size or material to start with you might want to read this blog post on choosing the right needles first.

You can buy the perfect starter needles, yarns and kits in the shop

Plus, as these projects tend to work up more quickly it it is super satisfying for people who may work more slowly!

So you’ve got your needles and ball of gorgeous yarn, but how do you get it to stay on the needles?

Learn how to create a slip knot in this youtube video tutorial – it literally only takes a minute to learn (actually less than a minute!)

Once you’ve got the knot on your needle, scroll down for the video on how to cast on when knitting

So now you have one loop on your needles but how do you create more?

Casting on is the first stage of knitting and forms the base of your project.

The cable cast on method is perfect for beginners as it gives a great firm edge to your knitting.

Learn how to cast on with this youtube video tutorial, which will walk you through each stage of starting your knitting project.

Learn to knit with this Youtube tutorial. The step by step class will talk you through how to create your first knit stitch through to what to do when you reach the end of your row.

Make sure you stay to end to see how to start your second row!

So now you can knit – hooray! 

But to make most patterns you will need to know the other basic stitch, the PURL stitch. By combining knit & purl stitches you will be able to make most patterns that you come across either here with me or on the internet.

Let’s get started with this YouTube tutorial which will walk you really slowly through each stage of the Purl stitch (because who wants to keep pressing pause?) 

Knitting Needle Conversion Chart

Knitting needles are made in different sizes and certain sizes are generally recommended for  different weight yarns.

Sometimes a pattern might refer to the diameter in mm, sometimes US patterns refer them with a letter – so how do you know which ones to choose?

If you look at the label on your yarn, there will be a recommended size of needle or hook.

Remember this is only a recommendation, sometimes you might need a bigger needle if your work is too tight or a smaller needle if your work is too loose……sometimes you might want to use a bigger needle to give you a different stitch effect. 

The list below gives the usual needle size for the yarn you are working with:

Knitting needle conversion chart

So you’ve decide to give knitting a go (yay, welcome aboard!) but you haven’t started yet because you took one look at Amazon and got scared by the sheer number of tools out there, not to mention all that yummy yarn! How do you choose the right size knitting needles for you?

There may be more knitting needle variations than you can shake a stick at but don’t worry, I’ve got you. How do you know which knitting needles are the right ones for you?

Click the image to find out!

Knitting Terms You Might Come Across in Patterns

  • Bind Off: When you’re ready to finish the last row, knit two stitches to bind off. Then, slip the first stitch over the second. Repeat until there is only one stitch left. Cut off the remaining yarn and tuck it into the last stitch.

  • Cast On: Casting on means to create the first stitch of your piece. You make a loop over the left-hand needle and put the right-hand needle through the loop. Then, pass the yarn over and under the right-hand needle and through the loop to the left-hand needle.

  • Crochet: Although crochet also uses yarn, crocheters use a hooked needle to create more tightly–crafted designs.

  • Gauge: The gauge indicates how many stitches and rows there are per inch.

  • Eyelet: This is a decorative edging for knitting projects with small holes.

  • Knitting Needles: The three types of knitting needles include pin-style needles, double-pointed needles, and circular needles.

  • Knit Stitch: With this most basic knitting stitch, place the left-hand needle in front of the right-hand needle to transfer a stitch.

  • Moss Stitch: This is when you switch between a knit stitch and a purl stitch in a row.

  • Popcorn Stitch: This refers to a bobble on the surface of a knitted project.

  • Purl Stitch: With this backward stitch, you place the right-hand needle in front of the left-hand needle.

  • Rib Stitch: With a rib stitch, you alternate stitches between rows to create a contrast.

  • Skein: This is a collapsible coil of yarn.

  • Slip Stitch: Transfer the stitch between needles without adding yarn in a slip stitch.

  • Slip Knot: This is an adjustable loop used for casting on.

  • [] – repeat instructions between brackets as much as required

  • () – repeat instructions in parentheses as required

  • * – repeat instructions following the asterisk as needed

  • ** – repeat instructions between asterisks as needed

Abbreviations For Knitting Stitches & Instructions

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