To learn how to knit, you will need a learn a few basic knitting techniques:
1. Casting On
2. The Knit Stitch
3. The Purl Stitch
4. Binding Off
You will start every knitting project by casting on to get the yarn onto the needle.
Here is a video that shows you how to cast on:
This type of casting on is also called the Long Tail Cast On, which is a common method of casting on stitches. There are other ways to cast on, but I find this method very easy.
The Knit Stitch
The first stitch you will learn to knit is the knit stitch. If you create a scarf using all knit stitches, the pattern is also referred to as the garter stitch. This means that every single row is knitted using the knit stitch.
Here is a video that shows you how to knit the knit stitch:
The Purl Stitch
The purl stitch is the reverse of the knit stitch. If you turn your knitted piece over, the back are purl stitches.
The knit stitch and the purl stitch can be used by alternating stitches to create a ribbed pattern. For example, you can create a 2×2 ribbed pattern by knitting 2 stitches, then purling 2 stitches. Or, you can create a 1×1 ribbed pattern by knitting 1 knit stitch, then purling 1 stitch.
How to Create the Purl Stitch:
Binding off is important if you want to get your scarf off of your needles! When you are finished knitting to your desired length, you will bind of on the very last row.
Here is a video that shows you how to bind off:
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