Knitting Instructions for Beginners-How to Knit Basic Knitting Stitches




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This page is full of easy knitting instructions for beginners. This is where you’ll learn how to knit all the basic knitting stitches and techniques so come on in and let’s get you started.

Or perhaps you have some knitting questions? What’s the best way to learn to knit? Which knitting needles should I use? Do I need a pattern? After all there’s so much knitting information out there today it can get really confusing. That’s why I built this site, to help you sift through it all and build a good, solid understanding so you can become a fabulous knitter.


That’s what My Simple Knitting is all about, learning how to knit and understanding the basics.

Wondering where to begin getting helpful knitting information? How to start knitting? What do you need to begin knitting?

When I learned to knit they didn’t have too many choices in knitting needles but today you can choose from wooden, aluminum, bamboo, plastic, straight, circular, double pointed and interchangeable. There is such a variety of needles that it can be very confusing for a new knitter.

Then there are an incredible number of yarn types to choose from for knitters, each ball of yarn having its own special qualities. For beginning knitters it can be quite overwhelming, I still get overwhelmed, haha. But there is help for beginning knitters.

I have lots of help for beginning knitters on my beginning knitting page. It will help you get started and show you what you need to start knitting, including how to choose your yarn and needles plus much more like reading yarn labels and holding your needles and yarn.

Basic Knitting Instructions

These knitting instructions cover casting on stitches and all the basic knitting stitches and techniques. Each knitting lesson includes a carefully chosen knitting video to help you along as you learn. After all sometimes it’s just nice to watch how it’s done. Have some fun with it.

Casting on This page gives you a bit of an introduction to casting on methods.  If you are in a hurry here are the links to three popular casting on knitting methods that are great for beginning knitters.

  1. Single cast on
  2. Long tail cast on
  3. Knitted cast on

Knit stitch

How to purl – the purl stitch

How to cast off knitting (How to bind off)

Increasing Stitches

How to Make 1   (Another knitting increase you’ll want to learn)

How to decrease stitches

When you finish knitting you’ll need to tuck in all those loose dangly yarn ends:

How to weave in ends

Then you’re going to want to know how to actually sew your knitted pieces together.

How to seam knitting with mattress stitch  (for vertical stockinette stitch seams)


Seaming garter stitch    (side seams)

Note:  As you begin knitting those first few stitches you may find it helpful to have a look at my tips for knitting beginners page too. There are some helpful little knitting hints to help you out as you practice your knitting skills.

Need a break from all the knitting instructions?

You may enjoy looking at some of the basic knitting tools and supplies available to knitters. They’re pretty cool to look at. Here’s the link to my knitting tools page. And here are links to even more knitting tools from Annie’s and Knit Picks, two of my favorites knitting stores I have on My Simple Knitting Shop.

Be sure to come right back to this page when you’re finished looking at all the neat tools available to knitters. There’s lots more great information on knitting.

Or check out some of my knitting stitch patterns that you’ll be able to try very soon

Once you feel comfortable with knitting and purling you’ll be knitting instructions andalusian stitchable to try out the knit and purl knitting stitch patterns  I created. It’ll be great practice and you can have some fun knitting them. There’s all kinds of stitch patterns to knit. One of my favorites is this stitch pattern here. It’s called the Andalusian Stitch

Even More Knitting Instructions

Have you run out of yarn yet?  Joining yarn is a very simple knitting technique.

Joining Yarn – How to Add a New Ball of Yarn  (adding a new ball in the same color and changing yarn colors)

How to Knit Ribbing

How to Knit Cables   Find out how easy it is to knit very simple cables.

How to Knit Through Back Loop

How to Purl Through Back Loop

You may want to even try…

Knitting Cables Without a Cable Needle  Honestly it isn’t as hard as it sounds.

Reading Stitch Patterns  Do you love all those pretty knitting stitch patterns but can’t seem to wrap your head around what they mean with knitting multiples? And what the heck are the extra stitches for? This page has very thorough knitting instructions so you’ll understand stitch patterns once and for all.

How To Fix Three Common Knitting Mistakes

Dropped Stitches  Did a stitch slip off your needle? It’ll be OK. This page will help you out. 

Tinking  How to unknit stitches one at a time

Twisted Stitches  Ever wonder what they are?  Have a look at this page and you’ll be able to catch those twisted stitches before they happen.

Now that you’re well on your way to learning knitting there is one other very important step to learn.

What is it?

Please take the time to learn about knitting gauge. It is so important and something that is overlooked a lot. I actually believe it is the most important part of learning to knit.


It’s may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the knitting abbreviations and knitting terms. This will help you understand a bit better too.

“In the rhythm of the needles, there is music for the soul.” – Anonymous.


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12 thoughts on “Knitting Instructions for Beginners-How to Knit Basic Knitting Stitches


  1. After searching through many patterns I found a site for just plain simple easy knits. Thank you so much. What a great site #!

  2. I’m just starting a pattern and it says S1 wyif. Does this mean slip one stitch? Usually the reference to “slip” is sl right?

    1. Hello Eileen. Yes it means to slip one stitch with the yarn in front. And also, I’d like to encourage you to join my free knitting forum if you have further questions. You see I don’t normally answer questions here. That way your question can help others and I have much more room for explaining things. Hope to see you there. Happy Knitting!

  3. Hi I am new to knitting. Just wondering if there is such a thing as a knitting sampler? In crostitch you can do a sampler to show off all the different stitches and of course to practice. The knitting patterns are so beautiful is there a sampler with many stitches or squares that one could hang on your wall?

    1. Hello Monique. Welcome to the knitting world! And to answer your question, not exactly. There are knitting samplers of course but I don’t think that’s what you’re looking for. Most of the samplers I know of are for specific items or to try out a new yarn. But there are a couple of things you can try.

      First of all, there are loads of stitch pattern books out there and I do mention a couple of them on my Knitting Books page. Look for the title “Knitting Stitch Pattern Books” a little further down the page. These books aren’t actual knitting patterns but rather knitting stitch patterns that you knit up as a sample. There are 1000’s of them too. Then you can knit squares to your hearts content and hang your favorites on your wall. I love stitch pattern books because they’re always a source of inspiration. It’s always nice to have at least one of these books on hand.

      Secondly, you can do a search online. I typed in ‘knitting sampler squares’ and found some great ideas. There are mini blanket samplers each containing 10 – 20 squares with each square being a different stitch pattern for instance I found this pattern: which is a free download and I also found this page consisting of endless stitch patterns you can try: You could also narrow your search and simply type in knitting stitch patterns or possibly knit blanket samplers. I’m sure you’ll find lots of ideas this way.

      Hope this helps you out a bit Monique. Happy Knitting!

  4. Thanks for such a great site with such great explanations. I’ve not knitted for many years (over 30), after looking at several books & lot’s of info online, I think your pages are just what I need & I’ll be bookmarking plenty of it ! I’m feeling optimistic ! Thank you for such great instructions.

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