newbie knitting

We have already learned the Backwards Loop Cast On method. That is a great technique to know if you need to cast on stitches in the middle of a project but it isn't generally the method you will want to use to start a project. It tends to create aRead More →

To practice knitting and purling I have included 2 wash cloth patterns. These make a great gift when paired with a special bar of soap. When working in stockinette stitch (when you knit one side and purl the other) it helps if you can visualize how the knit side andRead More →

Lesson Five: The Purl Stitch So now that you have been knitting for awhile, it is time to learn the purl stitch. You actually already know the mechanics… IN, AROUND, UNDER, OFF… but this time instead of working to the back, we will be working in the front. To getRead More →

Have you been working on your knit blocks for your Block-Work hat? My kids are going to be completing the ones that they have been working on for the last couple weeks, this week in class. I’ve updated the pattern below to include all the finishing directions. I designed thisRead More →

Newbie Knitting Lesson Four : Making Pom-Poms If you are following along with our Newbie Knitting series you will need to make two pom-poms to complete your Block-Work Hat. There are a couple different ways you can make pom-poms. I’ve included a pattern and directions for using a cardboard homemadeRead More →

Lesson Two: The Knit Stitch Alright, by now you should be quite comfortable with Casting On using the Backwards Loop Cast-On. It is time to learn what to do once you get all those stitches on your needle. Make sure the tail and live yarn are hanging down and theRead More →