Knitting Practice Time!

Hello there!

Have you seen my Knittin Is Relaxing post? No? Here take a look before you read this post.

Now, exactly you know how to Cast On. I know, you can’t wait until making your own knitted scarf or socks or a cap or a hairband or whatever. Be patient…

First, you want to practice. To practice, I would suggest you knit a small square. Until you are comfortable with Cast On, Binding Off, and everything between. If you mess up, start from the beginning.

Let’s see what do we want for this project.

  • Ball of yarn
  • Two needles
  • Finishing needle
  • Scissor

I Cast On 20 stitches for my square. But it doesn't have to be exact. Increase the no of stitches, increase the size of the square. Once I told you that my favorite Cast On technique is Longtail Cast On. So I used the Longtail Cast On method.

Cast On as your wish method and number of stitches, then follow these steps to learn the knit stitches.

Step 1: Hold the Cast On needle in your left hand. Bring all the stitches to near the right side of the needle. Hold the empty needle in your right hand.

All the Cast On stitches are work as a loop. When you are knitting, one by one stitch transferred to the right haded needle.

Step 2: Put the empty needle through the first stitch on the left needle. Remember! You should insert the right needle under the left needle. The needles will make an “X” shape.

Step 3: Grab the working yarn from your right hand and wrap around the right needle. You should wrap it in a counterclockwise direction.

Now you can see the working yarn between the two needles. 

Step 4: Hold the working yarn and right needle from your right hand.use pointer finger of your right hand to tight the working yarn.

Step 5: Push down the right needle using the pointer fingertip of your left hand and slowly pull the right needle back out the first loop on the left needle.

Now the right-hand needle will be in front of the left-hand needle with one loop on it.

Step 6: Push down the left needle using the pointer fingertip of your right hand to remove the first loop from the left-hand needle.

Now you have your first stitch on your right-hand needle.

Continue Step 2 to Step 6 until all the stitches transfer from the left needle to the right needle.

Now you can see that you have knit one row.

Step 7: Now move the right needle to the left hand. Do as Step 1. Make sure the knitted row is always hanging.

Before you start to knit another row, use your fingertips to neat the knitted raw.

Hold the empty needle to the right hand. Repeat Step 2 to Step 6 until ending the first row.

Continue these steps until you are comfortable with the size of the square.

Now you have knitted a beautiful square. To finish the square you want to take off the needles. Let’s find out how to do it.

Casting Off / Binding Off

We need Casting Off to take off the needles. It creates finished edges.

Step 1: Knit two stitches as usual.

Step 2: Slowly insert the left needlepoint into the first stitch that you were knitted on the right needle and lift the stitch.

Step 3: Pass the lifted stitch over the second stitch that you were knitted on the right needle.

Step 4: Now passed stitch is on the left needle. Then push down the left needle using the pointer fingertip of your right hand to remove the stitch from the left-hand needle.

Knit another stitch. Then repeat Step 2 to Step 4 until you finish all stitches in the left needle.

In the end, there will be one stitch left around the right needle. Cut the yarn leaving the tail.

Step 6: Pull the stitch using the needle. Remove the needle from the sitch. Insert the tail into the loop and pull the tail to tighten the knot.

Step 8: At this time, you need the finishing needle to weave the end. Insert yarn tail to the finishing needle and pass through the knit loops along the top edge.

Sometime there might be a tail from the started point. That tail also weaves as the end tail.

With your practice, you can decide how to finish the project without seeing it.

You are done your first knitting project. Congratulations!! Keep practice. Along with the practice, you can find your own methods for your convenience.

Stay tuned. I'll be posting interesting posts for you. Thank you!