Knitting allows you to create amazing things. Learn now how to knit and transform your house and outfits.
Knitting is one of the handmade crafts you can use to make your outfits ultra-fashionable. You need at least two needles for knitting and some cheap yarn to create finished garments or décor elements for your clothes or home.
History of knitting
The technic is called “knitting” because the things are made by creating little knots. It is an ancient art developed along with the yarn making. Scientists have found some socks that date back to 3rd century BC crafted by knitting. It was invented in the Middle East, most likely by nomad tribes. It had the benefit of using small movable equipment.
They could easily make their fabric moving place to place or even herding their sheep and cattle. The technique was brought over to Europe by the traders and gained wide popularity there.
How to knit:
First of all, you’d need to get the proper equipment: two of more knitting needles. They vary in size and construction. Some are long with beads or loops on one end.
Others have a string attached to them. You may get a pair of needles joined by their string together or two needles with strings that end with a knot.
And, of course, you need some yarn. If you are a newbie, do not pick any complicated yarn (curly or multiple threads). Pick plain and simple mono thread yarn. Let’s go over the knitting steps and get you started. This truly is an enjoyable craft and a useful one, too.
What is knitting? – 5 steps to master it
- Casting on
It’s much better to watch it once, then to read it many times. Here is a great video on casting on
- Knit stitch
Once you get your first row on the needle, you move on to stitching. Insert the second needle into the first loop (it has two parts: the one closer to you and the farther one.
You insert it right through the loop towards the farther end of it) of the cast row.
Make a yarn loop (the working thread should be opposite to you, behind the needles) on it and pull it through the loop.
You get a new knit stitch on the second needle. Repeat that with all the loops on the first one and finish up the row.
Move the working yarn towards you (place it upfront the needles).
Now, instead of inserting the working needle into the loop pushing off, you insert it into the front part of the loop and push it in towards you.
You catch the thread and pull it through the loop. Just like you see on that picture on the left.
- Attaching a new thread
You can change the threads to change the color of your knitted fabric. Here is how you do it. Cut the first thread off an inch down the line. Place two ends (the first and the new threads) together and make a knot. You make a loop over your finger and then roll it off to knot it. Cut off the access of the thread on the end.
- Finishing off
When you are done knitting, you need to finish off the row so your word would not untie.
You may use either knit stitch or purling for this purpose. Insert your working needle into two stitches at once, pull the thread through them and get one stitch instead.
Now you put it back on your main needle. Again, insert the working needle into two more loops and purl or stitch them.
You get just one instead of two stitches on the working needle. Put it back onto your main one. Repeat this process until your fishing off the entire row.
As you may see, knitting is not that hard. For some people it is too monotonous, while for others it is calming. In fact, in the middle ages men used to do knitting to make nets or closes and to stay composed. Learning a new craft can help you create awesome things for your home and family. Stay well and be creative.