Always wanted to have a go at knitting, but didn’t know where to start? Well, you’re in luck! Even if you’re a complete beginner, we’ll have you knitting in no time.
It’s that time of year: autumn is slowly making itself known and we all start dreaming of wrapping up warm in cosy knitwear. And what could be better than knitting it all yourself? We have lots of simple Knit Kits suitable for newbie knitters – with just a little practise, you could be on your way to making your very first scarf, snood, or even sweater!
The first technique you need to master is casting on. This is when you create your first row of stitches – there are different ways of casting on, and here we’ll show you how to do the cable cast on.
1. First of all you need to make a slip knot: begin by wrapping the yarn around your fingers.
2. Pull the yarn through this loop and pull tightly.
3. Place the slip knot on your left needle – this is your first stitch.
4. Insert the right needle into the stitch.
5. Wrap the yarn around the right needle.
6. Scoop the right needle towards you: Ta-dah – you now have a stitch on the right needle!
7. Pull on the stitch to make it a little larger, then transfer it to the left needle. You now have 2 stitches.
8. Insert the right needle between the 2 stitches.
9. Wrap the yarn around the needle, scoop the needle towards you and transfer the stitch to the left needle as before. You now have 3 stitches.Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you have cast on as many stitches as you need. These cast-on stitches make up the first row of your knitted piece – you’re now ready to get knitting! Next time, we’ll show you how to do the knit stitch.