Knitting Foundations

Beginning Knitting – Week 2

Greeting Beginning Knitters,

I just wanted to say again how nice it is to assist you in the process of building your knitting skills. To glance over to see one of you quietly purling, another confidently doing a long tail cast-on, another beginning to “read” the stitches rolling off her needles, and more. Very exciting.

In class this week we reviewed the long tail cast-on; why and how the fabric is seemingly growing wider – this has to do with how you are knitting the first stitch on each row – remember to allow the yarn to dangle in front; how to orient yourself correctly when you come back to your knitting mid-row; short rows, etc. We also discussed the basic requirements for one’s favorite knitting “space”.

We practiced purling and I demonstrated casting off knit-wise.

For Review:

The Slip Knot – YouTube – Knitting Help – Slip Knot

Long Tail Cast-on – YouTube – Knitting – Long-Tail Cast-on

The knit stitch – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: THE KNIT STITCH VIDEO

The Garter Stitch – YouTube – THE GARTER STITCH

And this week’s class techniques demonstrated in videos:


The Stockinette Stitch – YouTube – STOCKINETTE STITCH

Binding off (aka casting off) on a knit row – YouTube – HOW TO KNIT: BINDING OFF KNIT VIDEO

For those who have signed up for Beginning Knitting Part II on Saturdays, April 23rd and 30th, 12 noon – 2 pm:

We will continue practicing the fundamentals including an introduction to reading patterns, fixing the most common knitting mistakes, adding stripes and  “1st projects”  you can now do!

Again, feel free to contact me with any questions.



A video on Adding Color – YouTube – HOW TO ADD COLOR KNITTING VIDEO

and a video on Long Tail Cast-on with Short Tails English Style – YouTube – Long Tail Cast-On with Short Tails English style


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