Learn to Knit

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Free Knitting Lessons from Liz @PurlsAndPixels

Learn to knit with free online knitting lessons from Liz @PurlsAndPixels

So you are ready to learn to knit. That’s great! Making things from yarn is an incredibly fulfilling hobby. You can create wonderful clothing, accessories, home decor, and art from just a ball of string. Here you will find free knitting lessons, tips, tutorials, guides, how-to-videos, and patterns to get you started.

First things first, you’ll want to choose a knitting style. There are two important and very different styles that both lead to the same knitted results. Continental knitting is done by holding the working yarn (the yarn coming from the ball) in your left hand. English style knitters hold the yarn in their right hands. All of the lessons on this site will teach Continental style knitting.

Keep in mind that everyone knits just a little bit differently. My knitting style may be slightly different that someone else’s; that doesn’t make either of us wrong. I believe that if you enjoy the process and you love your end result, your technique is always correct. Here, I’ll show you how I knit, purl, and more.

When learning to knit, it is best to take things slowly and step-by-step. Learn one thing at a time, and before you know it you’ll be creating things you never thought you could. Be patient with knitting. Try not to be frustrated by mistakes, but rather, learn something new to make your next knitted project better.

Learn to Knit Guide: The Basics

If you are an absolute beginner, this guide is for you. Start learning to knit by choosing your knitting materials and work your way down my learn to knit tutorials. You will be knitting before you know it.

Choose knitting materials

Learn to cast on

Learn the basic knit stitch

Practice, knitting tension

Learn the purl stitch

Spotting common knitting mistakes, dropped and twisted stitches

Fixing common knitting mistakes, dropped and twisted stitches

Bind off knitting

Tie off and weave in loose ends


Reading knitting patterns

Combine knits and purls to make beginner knitting patterns

Learn how to make a gauge swatch

Learn to Knit Guide: More Advanced Tutorials

If you are familiar with the basics, you can use the guides below to add more skills to your knitting repertoire. The links below lead you to my more advanced knitting guides.

Knit Two Things, in the Round, at Once

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments. Don’t be shy! If you want to know, someone else might too.

Ok, here we go. Let’s get started with step one and pick out some yarn!

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