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Get Started in Knitting

Discover one of the most timeless crafts of all, with the potential to transform your wardrobe, accessories and homewares! We're showing you the basics of casting on and getting to grips with knitting patterns so that you'll be ready to bring a huge range of garments to life.

Knitting Needle Guide

For a standard stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row), the bigger your needles, the bigger the stitch. Yarn labels will tell you the standard needle size for that yarn, along with the tension (how many stitches and rows to 10cm). If you want to create a looser stitch for a garment, use a bigger needle. If you want to create a denser fabric, such as with sock knitting, go down a needle size. Top tip! Always remember to swatch your project before you start to make sure you are happy with your fabric. If you are following a pattern, you must make sure your tension matches the tension on the pattern, otherwise your project could come out too big or too small.

Knitting Needle and Yarn Weights Guide

How to Cast On

Learning how to cast on is an essential part of the knitting process and you’ll be able to master it in no time! Just follow a few basic steps.

Step 1

Create slip knot and place onto left hand needle.

Step 2

Insert right hand needle into loop on left hand needle from the front of the loop to the back.

Step 3

Wrap yarn around right hand needle and pull back through.

Step 4

Place loop from right hand needle onto left hand needle.

Video Guides

Knit along with our video tutorials for expert guidance as you get started on your first projects and patterns, with tips on all the top stitches.

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For your first project, you want to keep things simple so something like a scarf is a great idea as it doesn’t involve shaping and can be made using a simple stitch such as a garter stitch.

The first stitch you need to learn is the knit stitch, which you can create whole projects with. The second stitch to learn would be the purl stitch. With both of these stitches, you can combine them to create a stocking stitch, rib stitch, moss stitch and much more.

All you need to get started are knitting needles and yarn.

A chunky yarn is perfect for your first project as it will work up quickly and you can easily see the stitches you are working on.

There are many different ways to hold your yarn and needles but no way is correct. Just make sure you are comfortable and stick with what works for you.