Knitting tutorial for beginners

I have guided a few people through starting their first piece of knitting and really enjoy seeing the satisfaction they get from creating their first few rows. I am going to hold my first structured ‘knitting taster class’ for a charity. It will only be an hour long so I wanted to put some instructions together for people to take away.

If anyone wants to learn to knit this year, I will be posting my instructions and hope you will be inspired to get started or join a group near you 🙂

The first step in knitting is to make a slip knot to attach your yarn to the needle

slip stitch knitting crochet tutorial step 1

Pick up the yarn about 10cm from the end with your left hand

slip stitch knitting crochet tutorial steps 2-3

Create a loop by taking the end attached to the ball and place it over the top of the shorter end, creating a loop. Hold the point where the yarns cross tightly between your left thumb and forefinger

slip knot knitting crochet tutorial step 4

With your right hand take the end of the yarn attached to the ball and put it under the loop and up through it, creating a new loop

slip stitch knitting crochet tutorial step 5

Take the new loop with your right hand and pull until the first loop has tightened

slip stitch knitting crochet tutorial step 6

Place this new loop over the end of your knitting needle and pull the long end of the yarn to close the loop over the needle

Congratulations! This is your first stitch 🙂


Looking back on 2011 – Fundraiser teaparty

Marie Curie fundraising teaparty bunting

We held a teaparty to raise money for Marie Curie in memory of our friend Robin. There was lots of homemade cake, vintage teasets and the bunting I made. It went really well and we raised over £200