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Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread! (karma: 30)
By Pointedancermember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 4291, member since Tue Apr 02, 2002
On Sun Feb 06, 2005 12:53 PM
Made sticky by imadanseur (79325) on 2005-02-06 17:15:40

Ok so I heard some interest in having a 'how to knit thread' with pictures and directions so here you go! :)
This first one is casting on, the basis for any knit project!
So first off you need: a ball of yarn, you, a pair of needles (or you can have circular needles but if you are beginning I would suggest normal ones)

Firsly I will just mention that this is right handed knitting, if you wish to learn left handed you can just follow the directions with your other hand but if you learn right handed knitting it shouldnt be a problem (my mom who is left-handed is a right handed knitter)
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn1.jpg'
Now Step 1:
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn2.jpg'
Grab the end of the yarn and hold it so that it is dangling out of the one side of your hand (like in the picture)

Step 2:
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn3.jpg'
Now that you have your yarn in your hand, take your thumb and scoop it under the yarn (picking it up with your thumb) and bring your thumb up with the loop around it, like in the picture.

Step 3:
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn4.jpg' Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn5.jpg'
Now bend your index finger over the yarn (picture 1) and twist it so that there is a loop of yarn around your finger (picture 2) now if you straighten your finger it should look like this:
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn6.jpg}

Step 4:
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn7.jpg'
Now take one of your needles and poke it under the yarn (the needle point should end up behind your finger)

Step 5:
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn8.jpg'
Now take the free yarn (the end that goes into the ball) and wrap it (from behind your finger and the needle) around the needle and pull it down between your finger and the needle. Like this:
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn9.jpg'

Step 6:
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn10.jpg'
Take your finger with the loop around it and pull it over the tip of the needle (making sure the you dont pull off the loop around the needle. The needle should now be in front of your finger.
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn11.jpg'

Step 7:
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn12.jpg'
Pull your finger out from the loop (now everything is on the needle) and pull the free end (not attatched to ball of yarn) to tighten the loop around the needle.
There you now have a stitch cast on! :)
Repeat this process (dont worry it gets very quick with practice! ;)) for as many stitches as you require!
Image hotlink - 'http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v197/Pointedancer/Crafts/Yarn13.jpg'

I hope that makes some sense, feel free to ask any question etc.!

Also here is a link to an animated cast on process (it is somewhat different from how I did it but it may work better for you! :))
www.needlepointers.com . . .

Another method of Casting On:

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO1.JPG'
1. Measure off a length of yarn allowing 1" for each stitch you will cast on. Make a slip-knot there and leave the length of yarn attached. This slip-knot will be your first stitch.
To make a slip-knot, make a pretzel shape with the yarn as shown in the diagram to the left.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO2.JPG'
2. Slip the needle into the pretzel as shown.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO3.JPG'
3. Pull down on both ends of the yarn to tighten the knot.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO4.JPG'
4. Gently pull the two ends apart, to tighten the loop.
Hold the needles as shown in the diagram to the left, with the short end of yarn over the thumb and the long end over the index finger.
Both strand of yarn should rest in the palm, with the last two fingers holding them down.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO5.JPG'
5. Pull the needle downward, then insert the point of the needle through the loop that is on your thumb.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO6.JPG'
6. Move the point of the needle over, then around the right-hand strand of yarn.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO7.JPG'
7. Bring the point of the needle back through the thumb loop.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO8.JPG'
8. Drop the thumb loop, then pull on the short end of yarn with your thumb.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/Images_Knitting/K-CO9.JPG'
9. This will tighten the stitch. You now has two stitches on your needle.

This was taken from: www.fiber-images.com . . .

I am not putting how to knit on yet (as I dont think I can have that many pictures in one thread) but if you are itching to get onto knitting check out these websites:
www.fiber-images.com . . .

www.ca.uky.edu . . .

www.bfranklincrafts.com . . .
Enjoy! :)
Pointedancer

29 Replies to Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!

re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By FabulousFeet Comments: 908, member since Sat Apr 17, 2004
On Sun Feb 06, 2005 04:59 PM
This is wonderful! I'm sure that it will help a lot of people. I've requested that this be made a sticky because there will probably be a million posts asking how to knit and hopefully this will cut down on them. Awesome job!
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By pokomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 9026, member since Sun Oct 31, 2004
On Mon Feb 07, 2005 02:14 AM
*applauds*

Brilliant! Absolutley brilliant!

An awesome post! Thank you for taking the time to make it for us!
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Hazel Comments: 2237, member since Wed Oct 17, 2001
On Mon Feb 07, 2005 02:33 AM
karma karma karma karma.
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Chouplalamember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 6421, member since Sat Oct 18, 2003
On Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:25 AM
... And my brilliant idea ;)

Fab post PointeDancer, sure it will be VERY useful to other people, it's so clear and wonderfully explained!

Isabelle x
Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By d4jmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 12490, member since Fri Aug 27, 2004
On Wed Feb 09, 2005 11:10 PM
Great post... I'm sure it will help lots of people. I am a crochet person, but not because I don't love knitting - it's just that I am THE MOST uncoordinated person ever with knitting needles. There is only one way I can knit and that is if one of the needles is propped up between my knees! :)
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Alegriamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 653, member since Thu Nov 28, 2002
On Thu Feb 10, 2005 09:16 PM
Great post Pointedancer :) I think I'm going to try knitting thanks to your post. My mum used to buy hand knitted angora cardigans. Have you made any knitted clothes items? I'd love to be able to do that! :)
Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Dancinggrlie615 Comments: 433, member since Tue Jul 29, 2003
On Wed Feb 16, 2005 05:35 PM
Edited by Dancinggrlie615 (70389) on 2005-02-16 17:27:51
Very good instruction! It looks weird to me because I knit too but I cast on a diffrent way. Another site to learn is: learntoknit.com . . .. The cast on directions are a little confusing,but the knitting directions are pretty good.www.lionbrand.com . . .. They have the same directions as before but bigger and clearer.


Alyssa
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By grace_full24 Comments: 314, member since Wed Oct 20, 2004
On Sun Feb 20, 2005 10:03 AM
Great post! Here is a book that I use and it explains really good how to knit, purl, rib, and a whole bunch of other stuff and projects:

Kids Knitting by: Melanie Falick
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By dance_chica Comments: 125, member since Wed Jun 23, 2004
On Tue Feb 22, 2005 09:17 PM
Thank you so much. I have books on how to knit but they really don't give an explanation. This will really help.
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Lalummember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 2036, member since Fri Feb 11, 2005
On Sun Mar 06, 2005 07:24 AM
That is a really good idea. I already know how to knit but I'm sure that this will help alot of people.
~SculpeyDancer~
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By emilytemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 387, member since Thu Feb 03, 2005
On Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:54 PM
Thanks, thanks and thanks!:)
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By mairead Comments: 175, member since Sat Mar 19, 2005
On Thu Mar 31, 2005 05:37 PM
hey, i have that same yarn! Nice post, by the way.

-Mairead
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By dancingurl11 Comments: 44, member since Fri Mar 25, 2005
On Fri Apr 08, 2005 05:52 PM
good post- I gave up knitting a long time ago because it's hard to find the time to sit and knit, but your post made me want to knit something. I think knitting is actually a great stress reliever. Thanks.
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Truffle Comments: 2009, member since Wed Dec 22, 2004
On Fri Apr 22, 2005 07:40 PM
Thanx, but, personally, I think it's easier to learn how to knit with some1 there to help you. My grandma taught me and it made it much easier than those directions did, but that's just me.

amy ;)
DaNcEr101333
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Nazneen Comments: 53, member since Wed Oct 13, 2004
On Thu May 05, 2005 08:07 AM
Thank you for taking the time to post this. This is great. Very helpful and easy to understand.
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Dwynwenrebel Comments: 153, member since Tue Mar 08, 2005
On Sun May 08, 2005 05:22 AM
Wow that's really useful!!!
I really should start kinitting now!
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Pongomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6747, member since Sun Oct 19, 2003
On Thu Jun 02, 2005 08:25 PM
wow... i've always wanted to knit! I shall erect a statue in your honor.

lexi :D
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By melonisyummymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 514, member since Fri Apr 29, 2005
On Sun Jun 05, 2005 09:13 PM
oh my god..i love you. my mom died when i was 9 and never finished this scarf that she had started. now i can finish it!!
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By kristinasisak Comments: 351, member since Wed Nov 03, 2004
On Mon Jul 11, 2005 03:22 PM
Great post, thank you! I used to knit when I was little with my grandmother, and have forgotten how. Thanks for jogging my memory! i am on my way to pick up yarn and needles just as soon as i get off work.
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By TwirlQueen Comments: 581, member since Mon Feb 23, 2004
On Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:12 PM
Thanks for this. My little cousin (8) has been teaching me how to knit. This is a huge help!
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By TwirlQueen Comments: 581, member since Mon Feb 23, 2004
On Mon Aug 01, 2005 07:53 PM
I just wanted to add this web site that I found. www.learntoknit.com . . . It is very helpful also.
pointedancers ultimate knitting thread
By danceology Comments: 79, member since Tue Aug 16, 2005
On Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:07 PM
thanks heaps, i have always had trouble with starting knitting but i am fine when i get going.
knitting thread
By danceology Comments: 79, member since Tue Aug 16, 2005
On Mon Aug 22, 2005 09:32 PM
how do you finish, you know close off the stitches?
re: Pointedancers Ultimate Knitting Thread!
By Pointedancermember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 4291, member since Tue Apr 02, 2002
On Tue Aug 23, 2005 09:34 PM
Wow! :( I am terribly sorry! I meant to continue this with some more pictures and instructions including casting off, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing etc. I will get on that ASAP! So sorry about that! :]
Pointedancer
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