Uses of Knitting
First, knitting has many practical uses. You can make a variety of clothing, accessories and hair items. You can make household items such as a tea cozy, steering wheel cover or a coaster. Many hospitals look for knitters to knit baby booties and hats for babies and cancer patients. You could also start your own business knitting custom items, being a pattern tester or making your own patterns. Madame Defarge in Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities knit secret messages that helped orchestrate the fictional French Revolution.
Step 1: Materials
First, you will need to gather your materials. To start on your own you are going to need to get a pair of knitting needles. The most common size and easiest for beginners is a US size 7 which is 4.5mm, shorter needles also work best. You will need yarn. I suggest cheap acrylic yarn because it stays together the best when you are just starting out. Also, you will need a lot of patience. Knitting takes more time than other yarn-based crafts such as crocheting and looming and some of the others stitches are much more difficult to learn.
You need yarn and needles.Then you will need to do a process called casting on
Step 2: Casting On
You will need to hold the needle in your right hand. With both strands in the palm of your left hand, take your thumb and index finger in between the two strands and spread them apart. Make a loop in the length of yarn that is pulled between your thumb and finger and slide your knitting needle through the loop. Tug gently to tighten but still be able to slide in you opposite needle when the times comes. You will need to repeat this process for the number of stitches needed for the project that you wish to complete. This is called loop casting on.
Step 3: Holding Your Needle
After casting on, next you
will hold the yarn in the left hand along with the needle that has the cast on stitches.
Step 4: Working Needle
Next, slide the empty right-hand needle into the first stitch from the front to back
Next, bring your left index finger forward just a little bit to make the yarn go between the two needles.
Then, bring the right-hand needle behind the yarn, through the original loop stitch to form a new stitch.
Step 7: Completing Your Stitch
Now, slide the old stitch off the left hand needle and now you completed a continental stitch!