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Tips on Knitting

Tips on Knitting

Knitting is not a female occupation only, although this may sound pretty surprising. Men do knit too, and there are actually male knitting groups similar to those organized by women. Hence, tips, instructions and free knitting patterns are available regardless of gender and therefore limitations are not an issue for the practice of this nice hobby.

1.The first thing you will need to learn, is how to cast on. This is the process by which the knitter attaches the yarn to the needle and creates the first stitch. To cast on, make a loop of yarn in your left hand. Start with a couple yards of yarn unrolled. Hold the loop with your thumb and pass the right needle through the loop. Wrap yarn around the needle while drawing the yarn through the loop. Slip the loop from your left hand and tighten it over the needle. This provides the starting point for you knitting. It isn?t a very complicated process, but it might take a diagram for some people to figure it out. The most basic knitting instructions will cover this technique.

2.When you are ready to actually knit, you will hold the needle with yarn attached in the left hand while holding your other knitting needle in the right hand. You will put the right needle through the first stitch. Then you will attach yarn to the needle and pull it through. Finally, let the stitch slip off the needle. This is the basic process of knitting and it actually goes quite quickly once you practice a little.

3.A variation of this is the purl. The purl is performed in a similar manner except the needle is inserted through the loop from the back and the yarn attached in the front. Pull the yarn through and attach it to the left needle to form the stitch. The purl is another fairly basic knitting technique that will likely be covered in even basic knitting instructions.

4 These are just a few of the tips.Perusing a good set of knitting instructions will provide you with many other techniques to try. A good approach is to use a one or two techniques for one project. Then add a more advanced technique for your next project. By increasing the complexity of your knitting techniques gradually, you will be able to master knitting without becoming too overwhelmed. Remember to try learning from instructions in several different forms. You might find that pictures are easiest for you to learn from, or you might find videos are the best way for you to learn.

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