Knitting Instructions for Beginners

Are you looking for knitting instructions that are written in plain English so that they are easy to follow? 

On this page you will find a series of links to my 'How To' pages that contain simple instructions on knitting basics and how to knit a variety of items, from socks to ponchos or a sweater for your dog.

These instruction pages will help you to find the right pattern or to develop one of your own. They will offer you information about any tricks involved in making the garment and tips to make your task easier.

Basic Knitting Instructions

When you are just beginning to knit, it is important that you concentrate on learning and mastering a couple of basic techniques like how to hold the needles and forming knit and purl stitches.  

If you are doing this alone and have no-one that can help you, you will also need to work out how to cast on your knitting so that you can get started and how to cast off when you have finished the knitting.  

  • Holding the needles
  • How to do knit stitches 
  • How to do purl stitches 
  • How to cast on
  • How to cast off 

Once you are comfortable with those basic techniques you will probably be dying to try something more challenging than just knitting a plain square or rectangle (although many very useful knitted items are quite plain and either square or rectangular like scarves, blankets, cushions covers etc...) and if you are planning to make anything that has shaping, you are going to need to know how to increase and decrease stitches.

Although there are quite a few ways of doing either, the tutorial below will outline the steps for the most common or basic methods for you to try and practice.

  • How to increase stitches 
  • How to decrease stitches

More Instructions

These instructions will guide you through the steps you need to learn to complete these tasks:

Instructions for Projects

  • How to knit a scarf 
  • How to knit a hat 
  • How to knit socks 
  • How to knit a blanket 
  • How to knit a beanie 
  • How to knit a sweater 
  • How to knit mittens 
  • How to knit baby booties 
  • How to knit gloves 
  • How to knit in the round 
  • How to knit a poncho 
  • How to knit dog toys 

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