Clear knitting instructions for beginners are so important. I know because I learn to knit on my own.
A beginner knitter must first understand some knitting terms that are going to appear in any knitting pattern or instructions. I have included some video tutorials as well as written instructions with illustrations.
I suggest viewing the videos for an overall idea of how knitting is like and then use the written instructions to practise at your own pace.
Term 1: Cast On or Casting On
This is the process of making a row of stitches on your knitting needle. Cast on is usually written in abbreviation as CO in patterns.
There are many ways to cast on. Visit my post for 18 ways to cast on.
Term 2: Knit Stitch
After casting on, there are basically two stitches to use to continue making new rows.
The first one is the knit stitch. The knit stitch is usually written in abbreviation as K in patterns. Video tutorial:
Here are some written instructions: Step by step instructions with diagrams for the Knit stitch.
Term 3: Purl Stitch
The purl stitch is basically the reverse side of the knit stitch. The purl stitch is usually written in abbreviation as P in patterns. Video tutorial:
Here are some written instructions: Step by step instructions with diagrams for the Purl stitch or Step by step instructions with colour illustrations for the Purl Stitch.
Term 4: Bind off or Cast off
This is the last row in your knitting. It can be called casting off or binding off although in most patterns it is written in abbreviation as BO.
Binding off should be done loosely and you will see the reason why once you start trying to bind off. You need the little bit of extra space to move the loops. Visit my post for 9 ways to cast off.
The 4 knitting terms above should get you through some simple beginner projects like my garter stitch dishcloth. A practical project.
Knitting Instructions for Beginners: Garter Stitch Dishcloth
Garter stitch is produced when every row is made up of knit stitches.
Here is a picture of a garter stitch done in two colours. The alternate colours show off the ridges created by knitting every row. You will also notice that the knitting is very flat and stable.
CO – cast on
BO – bind off
Size 7 (US) needles
1 ball worsted weight cotton yarn, any colour you fancy
CO 39 stitches
Knit 76 rows
You can practise all four techniques above with this pattern until you are quite comfortable with them or when you get bored.