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How to Knit

Our step-by-step tutorials will guide you through a large number of knitting techniques, from the basics like knit stitch to new experiences, such as working with pom pom yarn.

How to Knit: Casting On (Thumb Method)

Learn how to cast on with Deramores How to Knit series. Featuring a clear example of creating a slip knot with a helpful narration on achieving a successful cast on.

[00:00:10] Casting on news stitches using the thumb method or long tail method.

[00:00:18] You only use one needle. Begin by creating your starting loop in from the end of your yarn. Measure of full length roughly three times the required width of your knitting and make a loop. Slip the loop off your finger while holding it together.

[00:00:39] Tuck the top of the tail of yarn through the loop and pull through with your knitting needle, hold both ends of yarn and tighten gently.

[00:00:50] Start with the loop on your right hand needle and use the long tail of yarn in your right hand to create the stitch, with your left hand grasp the yarn that leads to the ball and wrap your thumb around the yarn starting at the top and working from back to front. [00:01:08][18.2] [00:01:10] Insert the right needle under the yarn wrapped around your thumb working from left to right then using the tail of yarn in your right hand wrap round the tip of your right needle in an anti clockwise direction and lift the loop off your thumb up and over onto the needle.

[00:01:47] With your left hand grasp the yarn and wrap your thumb around the yarn starting at the top and from back to front. Insert the right needle under the yarn wrapped around your thumb where it came from left to right right the tail of yarn with your right hand round the tip of the right needle and the anti clockwise direction and lift the loop off your thumb up and over onto the needle.

How to Knit: Knit Stitch

Learn how to make the knit stitch in this quick and easy knitting tutorial from Deramores.

[00:00:10] Knit Stitch, this is the most common stage used in knitting.

[00:00:15] Insert the right needle into the front of the stage from left to right. Wrap the yarn round the tip of the right needle in an empty clockwise direction. Pull the right needle down through the stitch towards you, carefully pulling the yarn with the tip of the needle and lift off.

[00:00:40] Insert the right needle into the front stitch from left to right. Wrap the yarn round the tip of the right needle anti-clockwise direction. Pull the right needle down through the stitch towards you carefully pulling the yarn with the tip of the needle and lift off. In, round, through and off.

How to Knit: Purl Stitch

Learn how to knit the basic purl stitch with our easy to follow, clear video tutorial. The purl stitch is one of the most common stitches used in knitting projects today.

[00:00:10] Purl stitch, often used alongside knit stitch.

[00:00:17] Insert the right needle into the front of the stitch from right to left so that the right needle is in front of the Left needle, wrap the yarn round the tip of the right needle in an anti clockwise direction. Pull the right needle down through the stitch away from you carefully pulling the yarn with the tip of the needle and lift off.

[00:00:50] Insert the right needle into the front of the stitch from right to left so that the right needle is in front of the Left needle, wrap the yarn round the tip of the right needle in an anti clockwise direction, pull the right needle down through the stitch away from you carefully pulling the yarn with the tip of the needle and lift off. That's in round, through and off.

[00:01:28] Then round, through and off. Stocking stitch is created by knitting one row in knit stitch and one purl stitch, stocking stitch has a smooth right side, these are the knit rows, and a nobody texture on the back, these are the pearl rows.

How to Knit: Yarn Forward (YFWD)

Learn how to master a yarn forward (YFWD) or yarn over (YFON) with our clear, easy to follow video tutorial.

[00:00:11] Yarn forward increase, when working and knit row your yarn is at the back of your work, bringing the yarn to the front and continuing to knit creates an extra stitch.

[00:00:24] Simply bring your yarn forward between your needles so it's now at the front of your work, knit the next stage in the usual way the yarn will have been pulled over the top of your right needle and been anchored in position by the knit stitch, creating a new stitch.

[00:00:46] Continue to bring your yarn forward to increase the number of stitches, as instructed in your pattern.

[00:00:53] We're just going to repeat the stitch right across the row just to demonstrate the action a few more times.

How to Knit: Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK)

Learn how to slip, slip, knit (ssk) with our clear, easy to follow video tutorial. The ssk is a left-slanting decrease which mirrors k2tog.

[00:00:10] Slip, slip, knit is a neat way of forming a left slanting decrease.

[00:00:17] The pattern this creates works particularly well when shaping the top of slaves or at necklines. Insert the right needle into the front of the knit stitch on the left needle and simply slip it onto the right needle without knitting. Repeat this again simply slipping the next stitch over to the right needle. Push your left needle back through the front of these two slip stitches, working carefully from left to right. Wrap the yarn around the tip of the right needle in an anti clockwise direction and knit both stitches together as one.

[00:01:03] In this example we're repeating the stitch right across the row just to demonstrate the whole action a few times.

How to Knit: Mattress Stitch

Develop seaming skills to impress the most experienced knitter with our video tutorial showing how to successfully deploy a mattress stitch.

[00:00:10] Mattress stitch.

[00:00:16] Work with right sides facing you and a sewing needle threaded with a matching yarn. Different colours have been used in the example just so that it's clearer to see.

[00:00:28] Carefully stretch your work so that you can clearly see the ladder effect created between each column of stitches. Sew your work together by inserting your sewing needle and each stitch or step in the ladder working steadily from side to side.

[00:00:51] This is a very neat style of seam that's also perfect for matching patterns and stripes. And if you need to it's fairly easy to unpick.

[00:01:03] Work closely and every few centimetres stop and gently pull the sewing yarn to bring the edges of your seam together, don't pull too tightly your seam should still be stretchy just like the rest of the garment.