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How to Knit: Easy for Beginners



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hey guys it's Ryan in this video I'm

gonna be teaching you how to knit I'm

gonna go over all of the basics and keep

it pretty simple because contrary to

popular belief knitting is actually

pretty easy it can seem intimidating at

first but we're gonna keep it simple so

you can hit the ground running all

you're gonna need is yarn and two

knitting needles and then you're ready

to go so getting started first thing we

need to do is we actually need to get

the yarn onto the needles in the first

place so you want to take the tail end

of the yarn the tail end of the yarn is

the end of the yarn and the rest of the

yarn is gonna be connected to this ball

you can just kind of let that be and

just pull out enough yarn to be

comfortable to work with I always end up

with like a pile of loose yarn here and

it sometimes becomes a tangled mess and

that's totally fine

so take the tail end of your yarn and we

can put our needles aside for now what

we're gonna do is we need to make a slip

knot on the end of this yarn so to make

a slipknot you want to take the yarn

like this and with the tail end flip it

over the part that's connected to the

rest of the yarn just like this so you

make a little loop here we're gonna take

two fingers and put it through this loop

like this and what we're going to do is

grab the yarn that's connected to the

rest of the yarn so this end of the yarn

we're gonna grab it with the two fingers

and pull it through this loop that we

created so if you come up you grab that

part of the yarn and then just gently

pull everything a little tight but not

too tight just so it's snug so you

should end up with this nice little

noose here that you can make tighter and

loose you're depending on which end of

the yarn you're pulling on so with this

loop this is actually gonna be your

first stitch that you put on your

needles so take your needle put it

through the loop that you just made and

if you pull the end of the yarn that's

connected to the rest of the yarn

everything should gently tighten so the

loop is gonna tighten up on the needle

and you want to just give everything a

little bit of a tug so it's nice and

snug

not too tight because you're gonna be

working with this we want it to remain a

little loose it's okay if it moves

around a little bit but just make sure

that it's closed up on the needle so

this first loop is actually going to be

the first stitch on our project and the

number of stitches that we put on this

first needle is going to determine the

width of whatever it is you're knitting

so if it's a scarf and you have maybe

about 20 or so stitches then you're

looking at a scarf that's gonna be about

this wide and it'll kind of just grow

out from there and these needles that

I'm using here are pretty short just

because they're easy to maneuver for me

for the video but most in any new

knitting needles are gonna give you a

lot of space to create a pretty large

project to cast on more stitches you

don't need to make another Slipknot it's

actually much easier than that all you

have to do is make more loops and we're

gonna put those loops onto this needle

important note that I should have

mentioned at the beginning also is that

I am right-handed so all of my

instructions are gonna kind of cater

towards right-handed people if you're a

left-handed hopefully you can make it

work so it's comfortable for you or

maybe I don't know watch the video in a

mirror or something but hopefully it's

easy to follow along as well so to get

more stitches onto the needle what we're

going to do is just gently wrap the yarn

around your index finger like this

you're holding the yarn in your left

hand wrap the yarn like this and it

naturally is going to create a little

loop around your index finger like this

and what we're gonna do with this loop

because we're gonna slip it on to this

needle or we're gonna use the needle and

scoop the loop off of our finger so you

have the yarn you kind of turn it a

little bit so it creates a loop and then

just take the needle and scoop the loop

up through the bottom and pull it off

like this and then just kind of gently

pull it tight it's not too tight you

just want it to be snug on the needle so

to do that again you just wrap the yarn

around your left index finger take the

needle come up through the bottom and

scoop the loop off onto the needle just

like that you keep going doing a couple

more

so each one of these is going to make

your project wider and wider as you go

about this you'll notice that you're

forming a kind of Ridge here where all

the loops are kind of lined up so right

here there's a nice little uniform edge

of where all the loops are kind of

looping over each other you have this

nice little Ridge feel free to space

everything out to give yourself more

room and it's okay if you grab it but

just make sure that that Ridge doesn't

get twisted a lot of times if you're

gripping the needle or something that

Ridge is going to get twisted around so

just make sure that you keep that Ridge

as straight and uniform as possible so

you don't get anything mixed up or

twisted so I've casted on 18 stitches

onto this needle and that's about as

much as I can comfortably fit onto this

needle and I'm gonna kind of space them

all out a little bit just so they can

have a nice little room to breathe

between the stitches once you have the

number of stitches cast it on that you

want what we're going to do is we're

going to turn the needle around just

like this so we're on the back side of

it so we've got the front here turn it

around here so it's a yarn the tail end

of the yarn is on the back or the left

side of the needle and the rest of the

yarn here is right at the front of the

needle with your needle in this position

you can hold on to it with your left

hand it's okay if you touch the stitches

that you just cast it on just make sure

you're not gripping it too tightly so if

anything gets twisted or messed up or

anything like that just lightly hold it

and now we're going to start knitting so

this is the most complicated part but

this is the bread and butter of knitting

I mean this is the actual knitting that

we're gonna do so take your second

needle that we have and right away we're

gonna get into this first loop or this

first stitch and we're gonna start

knitting this entire row of stitches so

to knit this is how you do it so you

want to take

your first stitch here in the row we've

got this is the yarn that's connected to

the rest of it make sure you're not

using the tail end of the yarn because

that's not going to give you anything to

work with on the front of your needle

you've got the rest of the yarn and

you've got this first stitch here slide

the stitch up to the end of the needle

it doesn't need to be too close but

don't worry about it falling off or

flying away or anything like that it's

okay

and what we're going to do is this we're

going to take you the second needle and

take it through this loop up through the

backside of the left handed needle so

take your needle and put it to the left

side of this first stitch and scoop it

through the loop along the backside of

the left needle just like this so you're

creating kind of an X with the two

needles so I'll do that again just real

quick so you can see you've got the loop

here take the needle take it along the

left side of the loop stick it up

through the loop and come up along the

backside of the two needles and then

once you have that X you're going to

take the yarn here this is the yarn

that's connected to everything else the

rest of the ball of yarn and we're going

to loop it around the back right needle

just like this so slip it around the

back right needle that's along the back

side and pull it not too tight but give

it a nice little tug and it's going to

be pulled between these two needles so

between the X its gonna come up through

the middle of them come down here like

through the bottom and then you're gonna

take the right needle the one that's in

the right hand we're gonna come down and

scoop off this remaining loop so come

down through the loop come up along the

left side like this and pull it off the

left needle completely and if you pull

everything a little tight it should look

alright so that is

knitting it's kind of crazy it can be

really weird and intimidating and this

does not especially since this is just

our first row it does not look like we

did anything but I promise you it's

gonna get much clearer and easier as we

go along so moving right along we're

gonna do the second stitch now so we've

got the second stitch up to the edge of

this up to the end of this second needle

on the Left take the right handed needle

come up through the loop along the

backside so you form a kind of X here

and then take your yarn wrap it around

the right needle in the back and go

through the two needles so it's falling

between the X and then take your right

needle go down through that loop and

we're just gonna scoop it off so we've

got the right needle here you're just

gonna go through the loop again and

scoop it off like this so one more time

on the third stitch here you go through

the loop along the backside like this

take your yarn and it's sometimes it's

easy if you pinch I've got my thumb and

my middle finger holding the right

needle as well so part of this is so I

can easily show you but I mean you can

hold your needles however is comfortable

for you eventually you'll kind of find a

way that's works best for you but take

the needle in the right hand wrap it

around the back needle there go through

the two needles and then with the right

needle scoop off this remaining loop

just like this okay so this is knitting

you want to do this to every single

stitch on your row you're going through

that first loop you're wrapping the yarn

around and then you're going down and

looping pulling off that

OOP off the left needle all knitting is

is just a series of loops we're

basically scooping the loop off the left

needle wrapping the yarn around taking

the loop off so you're taking the loop

off and in the process you're creating

or adding one new loop onto the loop so

it's a bunch of loops basically so you

want to do this to the end of the row

hopefully it's clear what you're doing

feel free to pause and yell at me or

rewind and watch it again but hopefully

those first examples was clear but

you're just gonna do this to the very

end of the row and eventually you're

gonna have a nice little build up of

rows and once we get a couple more rows

in it'll be a lot more clearer what it

is we're actually doing here when you

reach the end of the row you'll have one

last stitch so here I am at the end of

the row I've got one last stitch here on

my left handed needle all you do is

you're just gonna knit it just like you

did with the other one so come up

through the loop along go from the left

hand side go up through the bottom up

along the back side and then wrap the

yarn around the needle and scoop the

loop off just like you would any of the

normal ones when you're finished with

that row like I just did you can kind of

separate everything out nice and even

and take a look at what we've done

so we've knit that first the first

stitches that we cast it on we've knit

those so we've added an extra layer of

loops onto those initial stitches that

we cast it on so it's slightly thicker

it's slightly longer and knitting is

just growing this out so if this is a

scarf we're just going to keep repeating

this over and over again until it grows

longer and longer so with that first row

finished make sure that you have this

nice you know

form edge again if you have a twist or

something from holding it it's gonna

cause you some problems so make sure

that you find the edge and all of your

loops are nice and uniform and going in

the same direction you've got this nice

hard edge here on the end here what

we're gonna do now is jump right into

the next row so flip your work around

like we did before so now you've got

your working yarn or the yarn that's

connected to the rest of the ball of

yarn here and this is what we're gonna

use make sure you don't use the tail

ends of the yarn on accident that would

cause you some problems so we're gonna

hold the work again with our left hand

and we're gonna jump right into this new

stitch here that's on the end so once

again we're gonna do the same exact

thing that I showed you before take the

right needle put it through the first

loop and come up along the back side

then take the yarn wrap it around the

right needle and it's gonna be pulled

through the two needles between the X

and then take the right needle and we're

gonna scoop this loop off of the left

needle so come down through the loop and

pull it off once again take the right

needle put it to the left of the loop on

your left needle put it through the loop

and come up along the backside to create

the X and then take the yarn wrap it

around at the right needle pull it

through between the X and scoop off the

loop go down and scoop it off and then

as you're going along you can kind of

slowly push the rest of the stitches up

towards the end of the needle that

should kind of naturally happen but in

case it doesn't you can give them a

little nudge but we're doing the exact

same thing that I showed you on the

first row we're just putting the needle

through wrapping the yarn around going

down and scooping the yarn off go

through the loop wrap it around

and then go down and scoop it off go

through along the backside wrap around

go down and through the loop so

hopefully this is becoming clear to you

if this is your first time attempting to

knit it can be confusing it can feel

very uncomfortable in your hands and

like you might be getting kind of sweaty

and then like the needles and the yarn

starts to do that squeaky thing that's

like really uncomfortable but I promise

eventually you'll find a way that's most

comfortable for you for holding your

yarn and holding your needles and

eventually you'll just be knitting your

own socks but it's soon I mean this is

really it this is knitting this is all

you really need to know if you want to

knit something this video is actually I

guess technically a reboot I guess you

could say of my first video on this

channel or I did a how to knit video and

that was back in 2014 so a long time ago

and I wanted to do a new video just

because that video was my first video

and so I kind of didn't know what I was

really doing and I feel like now I can

maybe explain things a little better

hopefully and that first video had like

an annoying background soundtrack that a

lot of people didn't like and so

hopefully this new video is at least

slightly a better explanation but the

cool thing is is that the the technique

doesn't change I mean I'm showing you

the exact same thing that I showed you

in that video from a long time ago so

you can go back and watch that video I'm

showing you the exact same pattern of

scooping off the loops and adding new

loops to it so when you're finished with

that second row now you can see a little

bit more of what we're doing we've built

up the row a little bit more so we've

got more stitches we've got two layers

of stitches now

and I'm just gonna keep going so I'm

gonna flip my work over again

so you always want the working yarn or

the yarn that's attached to the ball of

yarn you always want that part of the

yarn at the very start of your needle so

you can dive right into it and start

knitting the third row yeah the third

row and I'm going to now do not be

alarmed I'm not like super fast knitting

I have pressed fast forward and what I'm

gonna do is I'm gonna just speed through

a couple more rows just so I can grow

this out a little bit more and you can

get a better idea of what your project

should look like as you go along so this

is what I have after knitting a few more

rows I think I did maybe five or six

more rows here and hopefully this gives

you a clearer picture of what it is

we're doing here so you're basically

building up these rows of loops and you

should have this kind of nice uniform

fabric of little bumps that are all in

these nice little rows and it should

look the same on either side so you've

got the same pretty much the same look

on either side it's okay obviously if

you've messed up or if you've got a

little bit of gap here or there even

mine's not perfect here like at the

beginning and on the edges it's not as

clean as it totally could be but that's

totally fine it's knitting it's not the

end of the world it's supposed to be

just a fun meditative thing that you're

doing really so from here I'm just gonna

keep doing what I was doing I'm going to

go right into my rows and keep knitting

and making it longer and longer and the

more rows you do the more this is gonna

grow out and at least from mine this

could be a very skinny scarf but it

could be a scarf if I make it long

enough so you can do that your other

option would be to finish it up if you

want to learn how to cast off

and actually learn how to get the

project off of these needles I've got

another video up that I'll show you

where I actually walk you through how to

cast off the stitches so how to end the

project you don't just slip the needles

off obviously there is a certain way of

getting the project off of your needle

so in that video I cover that so feel

free to check that out if you want to

learn how to finish up your knitting

project the other option is to learn the

second stitch in knitting so knitting is

basically two stitches this first stitch

that you've just learned now in this

video is called the knit stitch so

knitting the second stitch to learning

is called the purl stitch pyou r-l and

that stitch is kind of mm not quite the

opposite of the knit stitch but it works

the yarn a different way and when you

combine that purl stitch with the knit

stitch you can create different types of

fabrics so that's how you get like a

ribbed sweater or how you can make

what's kind of how you can make cables

or the stockinette stitch that you see

in like normal t-shirts and that kind of

thing that is the combination of

knitting and purling so if you want to

learn how to do that second stitch it is

a little bit more complicated than the

knit stitch but it's basically the same

principles it's just a different

movement of the needles if you want to

learn the purl stitch check out that

video if you want to learn how to finish

casting off your project check out my

video on how to cast off your knitting

otherwise just keep on knitting

until this grows into a named enormous

scarf hopefully that was helpful and now

you are a knitting master well on your

way to knitting your own pair of socks

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off the basics of knitting if you want

to learn how to knit socks or not I've

got videos for that too otherwise I will

see you next time