Knitting 101

This page is where you should start if you’re brand new to knitting. It will lead you through the absolute basics of knitting in an easy to read, easy to learn way. Don’t get discouraged when things don’t work out the first time around. Learning to knit is very much like learning to ride a bicycle. When you’re taught to ride, most people don’t think about balancing weight, inertia, hand-eye coordination, timing, focus, leg coordination and steering. You get popped on a bike with some training wheels and figure it out. Similarly, knitting is composed of tension, material, weight, needle size, gauge, and stitch. Each are needed to create every work from the simplest dish cloth to the most complicated sweater.

The lessons below will take you through a very simple dishcloth pattern. It’s not pretty, it’s not fancy, but it is a good place to start.

You will mess up. You will have to tear out the last two hours of work. You may even have to start over…a lot. That is all a normal part of this experience. It’s OK to be frustrated. You’re not doing it wrong, you just need to coordinate more than most people think about.

“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”
C.S. Lewis

What Do I Need?

Lesson One

Lesson Two

Lesson Three

Lesson Four

Dishcloth Pattern