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Tips for Knitting Beginners – Extra Knitting Help

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I want this tips for knitting beginners page to feel like I am sitting beside you as you learn to knit those first few stitches.

The first question I have for you is, have you got a knitting pattern?  The reason I’m asking is because the best way to learn how to knit is by starting small and then slowly building upon what you have learned. Knitting is like anything else that you learn which means you need to start at the beginning. So if you have a great knitting pattern please put it away for now.

You see reading knitting patterns takes a little getting used to.  There’s knitting abbreviations and terms that you may not understand yet.  In fact reading knitting patterns may feel like you’re reading another language at first.

Patterns usually have a skill level listed.  Did you check?  You see if it’s for advanced knitting skills, you just won’t be ready to tackle some of the knitting techniques in that pattern.

Reading knitting patterns is a learning curve that you just don’t need when you’re first starting out.  Learn the basics – those first knitting stitches and techniques.  Practice them and then move on.

I promise that you’ll be reading knitting patterns very quickly.

Tips for Knitting Looser Stitches and Avoiding Tight Stitches

One very common complaint that new knitters have is that their stitches are just getting too tight.

There can be a few reasons for this.

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Make sure that you are not knitting on the very tip of the knitting needle.  See how it is thinner at the tip?

When you try to push the stitch passed the tapered part the stitch will be very tight.

 

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Always push that right needle through the next stitch passed the tapered part of the needle and onto the wider part.  That way the stitch will fit nicely on the needle.

 

Stitches Still Tight?

Try adjusting your tension. If you are wrapping the yarn around your fingers unwrap it and just let the yarn hang freely.  When you need it gently wrap it around the needle and then drop it again.

Try to relax your hands when you are holding your knitting needles too.  You want to hold your needles almost similar to the tension you use when you hold a pencil, maybe a tiny bit looser.

If you are using wood or bamboo knitting needles you may want to try metal needles instead.  They are much more slippery and allow the yarn to move a lot easier along the needle.

You Put Your Knitting Down…

In the middle of a row and when you picked it up again….

EEK!

Now you feel lost, which way is the right way to hold my knitting?  Where do I start knitting again?

Remember that the working yarn is always attached to the last stitch you worked.  The needle with the working yarn goes in your right hand when you start knitting again.

You Have Finished Knitting Your Very First Row….

When you begin the next row though that first stitch seems really loose and you want to tighten it up a bit.

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Avoid placing the yarn over the top of the knitting needle like in this photo.When you pull it that way it causes the stitch below to come up over the needle making it look like there are two stitches instead of one. This can cause you to knit the loops separately and you’ll end up adding an unwanted stitch to your knitting.

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Always make sure that if you do tug on the yarn to bring it down towards you like in this photo.

Don’t worry if it seems loose.

Tips for Knitting and Purling

Make sure that your working yarn…

Is behind both needles when you work a knit stitch.

If you knit a stitch with the yarn in front you will accidentally add another stitch to your knitting and it will create an obvious hole in your knitting.

Note:  When the yarn is in front and you knit the next stitch, it is called a yarn over.  It creates a hole and it’s a one stitch increase.

Make sure that your working yarn…

Is in the front of your knitting when you purl stitches.

If you try to purl and the yarn is in the back, honestly (I tried this to see) it will feel very awkward to try to purl the next stitch.  So if it feels funny stop and have a look at your knitting to see why.

I hope these tips for knitting beginners helped you get through your first few rows

Keep practicing, it does get easier.

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2 thoughts on “Tips for Knitting Beginners – Extra Knitting Help

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  1. Very helpful.
    I have a query. I’m knitting a baby jacket. The instruction is:
    Next row: ‘Knit to end, dec 4 sts evenly across row’. How exactly do you knit evenly across row when you have knitted to the end?
    Hope you can help.

    1. Hello Janet. I’m so glad you find my knitting page helpful. Thank you so much. It does look like your pattern has a typo and it should probably read, Next row: Knit to end decreasing 4 sts evenly across row. Please also note Janet that I have a lovely forum to answer all knitting questions and I’d really like to encourage you to join as I don’t normally answer questions here. It’s totally free to join and this way your question can also help other knitters as well. Hope this helps and hope to see you in my forum too. Happy Knitting!

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