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Video:How to Knit and Purl

with Jennifer Ceisler

Learn how to knit stitch and purl stitch, the two basic knitting stitches. Even if you've never picked up a knitting needle before, you can learn the basics with this easy to follow knitting lesson.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Knit and Purl

Hi, my name is Jennifer Ceisler, and I’m the owner of Katonah Yarn and I’m here for About.com.

If you don’t know how to knit, it can seem complicated. But once you learn the basic two stitches, knitting and purling, you’ll be good to go.

Begin Knitting by Casting On

In order to get started knitting, you’ll need to cast on. To do this, the first thing you’ll do is to make a slip knot with your yarn, place it on your needle, hold the tail end closest to you, and the end that’s attached to the ball away from you. You’ll take your pointer finger and your thumb and you’ll bring it down through the yarn, and bring it up like a slingshot. You’ll bring your yarn through the loop on your thumb, wrap it around the yarn on your pointer finger, bring it through the loop, and then tighten that up with your thumb and your pointer finger.

Again you’ll bring your hands up, bring it through the loop on your thumb, around the yarn on your forefinger, and tighten it up.

English Knitting Technique

There are two different techniques in knitting. One is English, and one is Continental. I’m going to get started with the English. Your yarn is going to be in your right hand, you’re going to put your needle into the first stitch, wrap your yarn around, bring it back through the stitch, and take it off the needle.

Put your yarn into the stitch, wrap your yarn around, bring it back through the stitch, and take it off the needle.

Continental Knitting Technique

The other technique I’m going to show you is the Continental version, when you hold the yarn in your left hand. You go into the stitch, you pick the yarn, bring it back through the needle, and take it off. Put your yarn through the stitch, grab it, pull it through, and take it off.

English Purl Technique

Now I’m going to show you how to purl with the English version of purling. You go down into the stitch, wrap the yarn around, bring it up through the stitch, and take the stitch off the needle. Go down into the stitch, wrap the yarn around, bring it back up through the stitch, and take it off the needle.

Continental Purl Technique

The Continental version of purling. You’re going to go down into the stitch, wrap the yarn around from the top, and pull it off the needle. Go down into the stitch, wrap the yarn around the top, and take it off the needle.

Now that you know the basics, you can knit just about anything. So head on out to your local yarn shop and pick yourself up some knitting needles and some yarn. If you’d like to learn more about knitting, please visit About.com.

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