How to Knit: For Beginners

Date Published: January 22, 2021

How to Knit: For Beginners

Knitting is a great pastime for anybody that is stuck indoors wondering what to do. Not only will knitting keep you preoccupied in the middle of a pandemic, but it will also have you greeting lovely pieces in no time at all.

Here is everything you need to know about knitting for beginners: 

  • Supply shopping 
  • Casting on
  • Knit stitching 
  • Casting off 
  • Getting started 

Supply Shopping

The first step that you need to follow when it comes to knitting is supply shopping.  Without the right supplies, you will never be able to start. 

Here is a list of supplies you will need to start your knitting adventure:

  • Wool: As a beginner, it will be a lot easier for you to work with thicker wool. Thicker wool means a better grip and easiest knit stitching.  Opt for something medium weight.   The thicker it is, the easier it will be to control in the whole knitting process. 
  • Needles: As a beginner, it will be best to choose wooden or bamboo needles to help you manage the stitching.  Metallic or steel needles tend to be more slippery and will therefore be more difficult to conduct.

Casting on

The art of casting is turning loose wool into neat, tight stitches across your needle.  This first step of knitting is arguably the most important because, without a neat, good casting, your end product will be rather disappointing. 

Click here to watch a video on how to cast on as a beginner. 


The knit stitch is a great way for beginners to start learning their knitting skills.  This knitting backbone is rather simple and can be perfected by even the newest of knitters. 

Moving on from casting, this is the second step in the knitting process.  Click here for a detailed video on how to successfully start your knitting journey.

Casting Off

Ending the knitting process is just as important as starting it. If you do not cast off properly, all of your hard work can come undone and you will lose a beautiful project. 

Casting off is all about getting the wool off of the needles so that you can finally show off your new design.

Click here to watch this in-depth video on how to cast off.  The great part about casting off using a video is that you can pause it and replay it to suit your needs. 

Getting Started

Starting knitting is an exciting adventure into the world of clothing, blankets and designs.  That is why we have included this page that will help you with 23 easy patterns that can be completed by even the newest knitter. 

If you need to do some stocking up or any equipment, tools, gadgets or anything else that your sewing kit is short of, why not visit Fabric8 for the perfect shopping experience. 

Author: Andrea Frisby

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