Learn to Knit in 10 Simple Steps

Step 4: Switch Needles

Knitting the second row is exactly the same as knitting the first row. The one crucial thing to remember is to move the right needle which now holds all the stitches into your left hand and the empty needle in your left-hand moves to your right hand.  Knit the second row in exactly the same manner as you knit the first row.


Step 5: Count Your Stitches

So now you know how to knit!  I’m going to share a hint from my grandmother; count your stitches often. As a beginner, you should probably count your stitches after knitting every row for a while. You began with 20 stitches, and for this project you want to always have 20 stitches on your needle at the end of each row.

By checking your stitch count after each row, you will know right away if you have dropped a stitch (resulting in 19 rather than 20 stitches at the end of the row) or split a stitch (resulting in 21 rather than 20 stitches at the end of the row), and you will be able to pull out the knitting to fix the problem.

Nothing is more disheartening than spending hours knitting only to discover that you dropped a stitch an hour ago and now your project is looking wonky.  Do yourself a favor and count often!


6.  Keep Knitting

knitting garter stitch photo

Now that you have mastered the basic technique of knitting keep going.  You will want to continue knitting until your scarf is 60 – 72 inches long, depending on your preference for length.  Remember, count your stitches often. You want to keep the total number of stitches at 20.


7.  Binding Off

Your scarf has reached the desired length and you want to wear it!  It’s time to bind off.  This part of knitting has to be done loosely, but evenly and it can be a little tricky the first time you try it.  To help you, I’ve enclosed a link to a video that shows  you what to do: Binding Off

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