Easy Knitting Instructions for Beginners
How to Knit Basic Knitting Stitches

This page is full of easy knitting instructions for beginners so come right in and make yourself comfortable. This is where you can learn the basic knitting stitches and techniques you need.

Each knitting lesson also includes a carefully chosen knitting video to help you along as well. After all sometimes it's just nice to see how it's done.

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Learning those first knitting stitches will feel awkward at first. It's always that way when you are learning something new. Don't give up.

You'll get it.  You just need to practice.

Just think of all the wonderful things you will be knitting when you have mastered these basic knitting stitches. The possibilities are endless and fun. 

Just in Case...

knitting instructions

You have arrived on this page and are wondering how to get started with knitting you may like to check my beginning knitting page where I explain which yarn to choose and the size knitting needles that will work best when you are learning how to knit.

It also gives you knitting instructions for making the first stitch on your needle called a slip knot. The slip knot will be a kind of anchor in order to add more stitches to your knitting needle.

Knitting - Basic Instructions

These knitting instructions cover the basic knitting stitches and techniques. Have some fun with it.

Casting on This page gives you a bit of an introduction to casting on methods.  If you are in a hurry though here are the links to the three casting on methods I will show you.

  1. Single cast on 
  2. Long tail cast on
  3. Knitted cast on

Knit stitch

How to purl – the purl stitch

How to cast off knitting (How to bind off)

Increasing stitches 

How to Make 1   (Another knitting increase you'll want to learn)

How to decrease stitches

When you finish knitting you'll need to tuck in all those loose dangly yarn ends so:

How to weave in ends

Then you're going to want to know how to actually sew your pieces together. 

How to seam knitting with mattress stitch  (for vertical stockinette stitch seams)


Seaming garter stitch    (side seams)


As you begin knitting those first few stitches you may find it helpful to have a look at my tips for knitting beginners page too. There are some helpful little knitting hints to help you out as you practice your knitting skills.

Even More Knitting Instructions

Have you run out of yarn yet?  Joining yarn is a very simple knitting technique.

Joining Yarn - How to Add a New Ball of Yarn  (adding a new ball in the same color and changing yarn colors)

How to Knit Ribbing  

How to Knit Cables   Find out how easy it is to knit very simple cables.

How to Knit Through Back Loop

How to Purl Through Back Loop

You may want to even try..

Knitting Cables Without a Cable Needle  Honestly it isn't as hard as it sounds.

Reading Stitch Patterns  Do you love all those pretty knitting stitch patterns but can't seem to wrap your head around what they mean with knitting multiples? And what the heck are the extra stitches for? This page will help.

How To Fix Three Common Knitting Mistakes

Dropped Stitches  Did a stitch slip off your needle? It'll be OK. This page will help you out. 

Tinking  How to unknit stitches one at a time

Twisted Stitches  Ever wonder what they are?  Have a look at this page and you'll be able to catch those twisted stitches before they happen.

Now that you are well on your way to learning knitting there is one other very important step to learn.

What is it?

Please take the time to learn about knitting gauge. It is so important and something that is overlooked a lot. I actually believe it is the most important part of learning to knit.


It's may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the knitting abbreviations and knitting terms. This will help you understand a bit better too.

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