Knitting is made up of two (yes, just two!) basic stitches — knit and purl. The knit stitch is the first one most people learn. It creates a smooth 'V' on the right side of your fabric, and a little bump on the wrong side. Combined with the purl stitch, there's nothing you can't do.
Pretty much any pattern you knit will tell you to "weave in your ends." But what does that even mean?! Securing your ends on the wrong side of the fabric without knotting them is a crucial step, but don't let it stress you out. Here's our go-to method.
When it's time to get some stitches on your needles, make sure you have the long tail cast-on on speed dial. This versatile cast-on works great for lots of projects, and has a clean, smooth edge — you're essentially casting on AND knitting the first row as you go! If you only learn one cast-on, make it this one.
Mattress stitch is our go-to for vertical seams — it's invisible, and works kind of like a magic zipper. Just thread your needle through each edge, then tighten up your thread and watch that seam disappear.
This cast-on is arguably the easiest way to get stitches on your needles. It's not super sturdy, and it can be hard to keep an even tension, so it's not ideal for casting on lots of stitches. It does work well when you need to cast on stitches in the middle of row, though!
Knitting is made up of two (yes, just two!) basic stitches — knit and purl. The purl stitch is sort of like a backwards knit. You create a bump on the right side of your fabric, and 'V' on the wrong side. Pair it up with the knit stitch, and the possibilities are endless.
The seed stitch is one those stitches that packs a big punch for very little effort: its nubby texture can make any project look extra. Trust us when we say it's super simple — if you can knit and purl, you've got this.
Your sock heel is pretty much the last thing in the world you think about — ever. Except when it's time to knit a pair of socks. That's when sock heels get their revenge. How? By being so freaking hard to knit, at least the first time (or second ... or sixth time). When you're learning how to knit a cuff-down sock, things usually go pretty smoothly, but the pattern can get crazy once you get to the heel.
One of the most common newbie knitter mistakes is trying to knit directly from a hank of yarn (you know, the yarn that's wrapped up like a twisty baguette). You've probably been there. You were probably shocked at how quickly it all went wrong. The good news is, winding your yarn into a ball first is actually kind of soothing. And you don't need fancy equipment to do it (though, owning your own swift and winder may change your life...just sayin').
Bobbles are making a comeback — and we couldn't be more thrilled. Their bold, nobby texture adds a bit of fun to traditional knit sweaters and blankets. And really, the sky's the limit when it comes to bobbles. The technique is less a stitch pattern and more an actual stitch, meaning you can work a bobble into a single stitch of your project at any point.
Two color-brioche knitting gets a lot of love, but one-color brioche can be just as satisfying. Take this brioche ribbed scarf — pure, squishy, scarf heaven. If you've never tried brioche knitting before, this is a great way to get a feel for it.
The linen stitch (sometimes called the fabric stitch), is one of those clever stitch patterns that transforms with a simple color change. But color isn't everything here: slipped stitches create a woven texture and a firm fabric that does not curl. I repeat: this fabric does NOT curl. What's not to love?!
Move over, cables. We've got a simple stitch that's going to give you a run for your money. Meet the left twist knit stitch, also lovingly referred to as the mock cable. It's twisty just like a traditional cable — but you don't actually need a cable needle to do it.
Once you find your favorite knitting cast-on, you may find yourself using it for just about everything (helllllllo long-tail cast-on). But it's a good idea to have other cast-ons in your repertoire, because you never know when you'll need to whip them out.
The key to accurately measuring gauge is to work your swatch in the same way that you plan to work the knitted piece. Translation: if you’re knitting a sweater in the round, your swatch should be knit in the round, too.