Beginning to Knit: The First Rows

Just remember, I take requests. If there is something you want me to blog about, please tell me.  I have been around the world and back several times, and I have learned a lot along the way. I don’t know everything, but I have learned a lot, and knitting is one of those things, and some ladies requested I make blogs about knitting, so this is the second in the blog about knitting because you can’t learn it all in the very beginning.  If you haven’t seen the other blog, the first blog was about casting on.  If you can cast on, you are ready for this blog.

These are your stitches that have been cast on.
Put your needle through the first stitch on the hook.
Put your yarn around the needle in the back just like you did when you were casting on.
Pull the yarn that has been looped around back through the stitch just like you did when you were casting on. You will have one stitch on a needle alone, and all the other stitches on the other needle.
The next step is different from casting on.  You take the first stitch on the needle with all the stitches on it that you just pulled the other stitch through, and you push it off the needle.
You leave the new stitch on the needle by itself.
Next, insert the needle with one stitch on it back into the first stitch on the other needle like you are casting on again.
Put your yarn around the needle in the back and pull it through again.
Push the stitch you just pulled the other stitch through off the needle like you did before.
You have done two stitches on the first row.
Insert the needle with two stitches on it into the first stitch on the needle with all the other stitches on it.
Put your yarn around the needle in the back.
Pull the needle with the yarn that you just looped around it back through the knitting to the front.
Push the stitch off of the needle that you just pulled the other stitch through.  It will be the first stitch on the needle with the most stitches.
You have three stitches on the new row.

Just keep inserting the needle in the first stitch of the other needle, putting the yarn around, pulling it back through, then slipping the stitch off the needle with the larger amount of stitches on it all the way across until all the stitches have switched from one needle to the other, and that is your first row.

Keep knitting following what is here for each stitch to the end, and you have completed your first row.

The next step is to start the next row just like you started this one.  After that, knit all the way to the end just like you did for this one.

With each row you knit, your knitting will get a little longer.
This is four row. You can see how it is growing.

Many people have trouble in the beginning because they drop stitches, and if you drop a stitch and don’t repair it, you will have a hole in what you are making.  Here is how to repair it:

Your stitch has accidentally come off the needle. If you are lucky, you can just put it right back on the needle, however, many people don’t notice what is happening until the knitting begins to unravel.
This knitting is beginning to unravel. You will have a long piece of yarn between the needles, and there will be a stitch down below.
Grab that stitch down below before it unravels any more and push the long piece of yarn between your needles into it. You will have made a stitch. Put that stitch back on your needle.



After the stitch is back on your needle, you can continue knitting.  If you have done a row and see that there is an irregular hole in your work, you have dropped a stitch.  You will have to catch it before it unravels everything.  Catch it, knit back to where the hole is, and then fix it.  When I give knitting lesson in person, I usually do it for my student, but since this is virtual, if you make a mistake, you will have to fix it.

Don’t give up. Just remember that everything is hard before it gets easy.  Knitting takes a lot of patience.  If you don’t give up, it will be easy after a while.  Just remember: in, around, through, and off.  This means put the needle in, put the yarn around the needle, bring the needle back through with the yarn around it, and then take the stitch off the other needle.  My knitting teacher taught me to remember: in, around, through, and off, and it helped me to remember all the steps as I was working. If you remember the steps, you won’t have to look at the blog every time you want to knit.

If you are making the scarf, just keep doing row after row until it is as long as you want it to be. It will be some time before you get there. Knitting takes patience.  By the time you get there, I will have done a blog to teach you how to finish your scarf off.  That is called casting off. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.





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