Its simple to learn how to knit.
My mother, Zanny, taught me how to knit when I was very young.
If you added up all the knitting she has done during her life, it would be millions of stitches and make thousands of blankets.
She says if you are beginning knitting, these are the four knitting basics you need to know:
1. how to cast on
2. how to knit (plain stitch)
3. how to do a purl stitch
4. how to cast off.
We have created these four
clearly illustrated and explained, free knitting instruction e-classes to help you learn how to knit. All you need to do is click on the image, fill in your details and you will receive them in four installments.
Beginning knitting specially for charity
This is sufficient knowledge for those of you who are beginning knitting, to get you going on knitting squares, which is a great way to practice!You will also easily be able to knit the Square Vest, Square Pullover and knitted hats from the site with a little more practice.
Knitting and stitching - a timeless rhythm
There is, however, much more to learn about this wonderful craft. From knitting needles to all the different yarns, how to finish your knitting off in a professional way, gauge (how to ensure accurate sizing ) and the many different knitting patterns you can create by varying the number of knit and purl stitches in each row, once you get hooked on the timeless rhythm of knitting, you may well want to learn how to knit in further depth.
I have found this very comprehensive e-mail course to learn way beyond beginner knitting, written by Anne Stewart, called
Anna takes you through a list of 25 topics including how to earn money from your knitting, knitting for babies, and much more, all in an easy to follow style. She also delivers a range of bonuses including the ultimate guide to free knitting resources on the net and a load of free patterns.
If you still just want to learn the knitting basics, so you can knit squares and contribute to the knit-a-square AIDS orphans blanket project, we have sourced the best video we could find on You Tube to demonstrate how to knit. It is very thorough, but you may need to switch the music down after a while.
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Learn how to crochet
If you would prefer to learn how to crochet, then Jill's
site has simple and clear beginner instructions to follow. She also has many interesting tips on recycling wool which would be good to follow, either for knitting or crocheting squares.