The Brand New Knitter with Lucy Neatby

Become a confident knitter with Lucy. Starting with the basics of knitting and purling (using either hand), a wide range of important skills are then introduced. These include casting on, binding off, shapings and joining yarns. Also a full exposé of the strange things that sometimes happen to a new knitter's stitches, and how avoid or fix these issues. You will also find an introduction to knitting terms and abbreviations, how to read a pattern, cables and knitting in the round.

The chapters are designed for easy reference to the techniques you will need now and in the future as you grow your skills. Patterns are included to launch you on your creative journey!

  • Basics of knitting and purling stitches
  • Casting on, binding off, shapings and joining yarns.
  • Strange things that often happen to beginner stitches
  • Introduction to reading patterns and understanding abbreviations
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Full Contents:

  1. Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Why knit?
    • Where to begin
  2. The basic manoeuvres
    • Getting started (a.k.a casting on) using a slip knot
    • Casting on: Knitted method (right hand)
    • Casting on: Knitted method (left hand)
    • The knit stitch (right hand)
    • The knit stitch (left hand)
    • The purl stitch (right hand)
    • The purl stitch (left hand)
    • Binding off (a.k.a. casting off)
    • Points to ponder: No such thing as a beginner project
  3. Working to and fro
    • Garter stitch
    • Public and private sides
    • Caution! Beginning a row of garter stitch
    • Structure of garter stitch
    • Stocking stitch, public and private sides
    • Working stocking stitch
    • Stocking stitch curls
    • Reverse stocking stitch
    • Points to ponder: Mileage on the needles
  4. The equipment
    • Yarn
    • Needles
    • Other paraphernalia
    • Hands: Right and Left
    • Knits: Right, Left and holding the yarn
    • Purls: Right, Left and holding the yarn
    • Holding the needles
    • Points to ponder: Learn from the unexpected
  5. Mixing knits and purls
    • Purls and knits in the same row and mysterious extra stitches
    • Ribs, working as set and repeats
    • Binding off in pattern
    • Points to ponder: Take life one row at a time
  6. The mechanics
    • What does a stitch look like?
    • What does a row look like?
    • Stitch size
    • How a stitch is made
    • Stitch mount
    • How a purl affects the stitch below
    • The alternative purl rotation
    • Making happy stitches
    • The miserable edge stitches
    • Points to ponder: Read your stitches
  7. More manoeuvres
    • Slipping stitches knitwise (kw) and purlwise (pw)
    • Slipping stitches as a group
    • Slipping edge stitches
    • The yarn-over (O, Yo or Yfd)
    • The make one increase (M1)
    • Decreases: Right slanting (K2tog)
    • Decreases: Left slanting (Ssk)
    • Basic cables
    • Pinhole bind-off
    • Points to ponder: You are the boss
  8. Markers, guides and joining
    • Joins at the edge
    • The weaver knot
    • Splicing and spit-splicing
    • A mid-row join
    • Darning in tails
    • Mattress stitch join
    • Running yarn markers
    • Lifeline threads
    • Points to ponder: A two-handed sport
  9. A funny thing happened ... and fixes
    • Dropped stitches and a crochet hook rescue
    • Rescuing lots of dropped stitches
    • Ripping back stitches stitch by stitch
    • Ripping back rows
    • The not-quite knit stitch
    • Beginning of row confusion and a yarnover
    • Mid-row confusion: Which way should I be going?
    • My knitting is getting wider!
    • Quick fix for an extra stitch
    • Quick fix for a dropped stitch
    • Sharing out extra yarn
    • Twisted stitches
    • My knitting is getting narrower!
    • Points to ponder: Making your first yarn choice
  10. Knitter terminology
    • Stocking stitch
    • Selvage stitches
    • Reverse stocking stitch
    • Garter stitch
    • Rib
    • Work as set
    • Live stitches
    • Pick up and knit or knit up stitches
    • Through back loop
    • Slip with yarn in front
    • Slip with yarn in back
    • Blocking
    • Points to ponder: Frugal knitting
  11. Reading a knitting pattern
    • Yarn, needles and gauge
    • Reading a gauge swatch
    • Gauge swatch tips
    • How to read pattern sizes x (y, z)
    • Stitch dictionaries and reading multiples
    • Charts
    • Points to ponder: Step away from the knitting
  12. Reading your knitting
    • Identifying a row
    • How many rows have I done?
    • Does the cast-on row count?
    • Identifying decreases and increases
    • Points to ponder: The vital 3 inches check
  13. Working in the round
    • Casting on and joining on a circular needle
    • Starting the second round
    • Purling in the round on a circular needle
    • Stocking stitch
    • Garter stitch
    • Reverse stocking stitch
    • Sets of double pointed needles and garter stitch
    • Switching from a circular to dpns
    • Decreases in the round on dpns
  14. Beginner projects
    • The IQ Hat and the three inch test
    • A Ribbed Scarf (with optional cables)
    • Facecloth recipe
    • Thanks River John

Full Video Duration: 3 hours 12 minutes

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