Knitting 101: Part 2

Well today's post is a wee late, but I was taking time to spend with family on a holiday. Anyway, you are in for a treat! Elisa has put together a few short and sweet videos that are uber easy to follow. Even my husband said he would be able to knit after watching the videos. Ok… don't tell any of his friends I told you that! Be sure to catch up because next week you'll be completing a modish headband (which doubles as a cowl, too!). Here's a sneak peek…

Go and be pretty,


In todays lesson we are going to cover a lot of ground. Take your time. By the end of this tutorial I want you to be able to pick up your needles, purchase a beginner pattern (or find one for free) and be successful. In order for that to happen, I am going to have to cover a lot in the next three lessons. Today, you will learn how to make a slip knot, cast on, and a basic knit stitch. This tutorial will be a mix of photos and videos.

Slip Knot

A slip knot is the basic beginning stitch for both knitting and crochet. There are many ways to make a slip knot, but this is the most simple broken down way. Here is a video tutorial I made for the Slip Knot.

If you prefer photos, here are a few still shots of the slip knot process. Loop your yarn over your left hand with the tail on the left and hold both strands with your right as indicated in the photo above.

Twist loop to make an X shape.

Grab the left hand strand through the loop and pull it through the loop.

Once you have your slip knot on your left hand needle, you can begin casting on your stitches.

Cast On


Once you have 20 stitches on your needle and have followed the instructions in the video, you can begin knitting! We will start with the basic Knit stitch.

Knit Stitch



One of the more difficult things about learning to knit in front of a computer instead of with someone teaching you in person is troubleshooting. If you have a teacher sitting next to you it is easy for them to point out mistakes in your knitting. I am going to briefly cover common mistakes, how to spot them, and how to get back on track.

Dropping a Stitch: One common mistake is dropping a stitch. This is when, somehow while knitting a stitch is dropped off the needle. The way to spot this is if you count your stitches and you have one less. Also you may see a hole in your work as shown in this picture.

Extra Stitch: Sometimes when drawing your yarn between the two needles and pulling it through, it is easy to grab and extra strand of yarn. This will result in and extra stitch on your needles. As shown in this picture.

In both of these situations the easiest way to fix the problem is to rip out to the row where the problem stitch is. Slowly pull your needle out of the stitches and lay your work flat in front of you. Slowly pull the yarn strand across undoing each stitch as shown.

Be careful to not rip out more than one row. Count your stitches and make sure you have the same number you started with.

Once you have finished this, slowly thread one of your knitting needles through all the loops.

Make sure to do this on the side opposite of your work from the yarn tail as shown in the picture above. Once your needle is back through all the stitches, you can start knitting again. If you rip out too many stitches and decide to start all over, it only means more practice. Try and try again. Good luck!


  1. WOW!!!! I am a lefty and just watching you short videos, I am now knitting after YEARS of looking at books and failing miserably! Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  2. You are SO welcome! I am also a lefty…we do learn differently don’t we ;)

  3. I've been knitting since I was twelve (almost 20 now!) and learned how to knit using the backwards loop method. I can't believe I've never tried this method before! I'm amazed!

  4. I am new to knitting – your tutorial is very easy to follow – but when I went to buy knitting needles, they did not have the kind you specified, I ended up buying size 11. What's the difference and am I still able to knit this headband? Have I completely ruined my chances of knitting this beautiful headband!

  5. I'm a beginner in knitting and i cant seem to find the proper tension!
    my casting-off is pretty seemly at this point with how many times i've started over!
    but my second row alwasy seems to grow smaller, making it difficult to move my needles.
    not looking so pretty!

    • Alex, it is difficult to learn how to get the correct tension…mainly it is helpful to knit and knit and knit. The issue you are having is most likely related to the looseness of your cast on edge. When you knit your first row think about not pulling the yarn tight. Conciously leave it looser and see how that works. You can also try to look up a different cast on, on youtube. It is possible this cast on is throwing you off. Hope this helps!

  6. I can’t seem to find the video on how to make the modish head band. Is there a link I’m not seeing or is that yet to come?

  7. Do you have the pattern for the knitted headband pictured on here? I love it!

    Thanks in advance for your time.

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