If you’ve always wanted to knit but didn’t know where to start then Knit & Stitch Creative could well be the place to start. Not only will you learn the basic techniques you’ll need, but as the series progresses you’ll learn new skills and build up a handy stitch library.

As well as learning how to knit, you can get to grips with crochet, learn how to create felted items and try out crewelwork embroidery. If you’re looking for a new challenge in yarn, Knit & Stitch Creative has you covered. 

First steps…

If you’ve never knitted before then it might seem a little daunting at first – especially if you watch the flying needles of someone with a few years’ experience! But never fear, we have experts on hand that are here to help. The very first step is to get the yarn onto your knitting needles – a process known as casting on. There are a few ways to do this but heres a video demonstrating one of the easiest. You can read more about casting on in Issue 1.

It takes two

The next step is to learn the stitches you’ll need. And the great thing about knitting is that there are only two! That’s right – just two; and they’re called ‘knit’ and ‘purl’. When you look at the incredible range of knitting patterns on offer, it might come as a surprise to discover that there are only two stitches but it’s how those two stitches are combined and manipulated that give you a huge variety of different styles. In the issue 1 Know-How you’ll learn how to knit and purl, as well as discovering how the most basic combination of these stitches – one row knit and one row purl – gives you stockinette stitch (also known as stocking stitch).

Last but not least

Once you’ve accomplished your first bit of knitting, you’ll need to finish it. The technique you need for this is known as binding off (also called casting off) and you’ll find out how to do a simple bind off in the Issue 1 Know-How.

One more piece of advice: don’t worry if you make mistakes. Everyone has to start somewhere, and it’s actually really useful to learn how to fix things when they do go wrong. Don’t forget to share your attempts and makes with the CreaCrafts community – whether they’re triumphs or disasters! Post on Facebook, or tag your Instagram posts #CreaCrafts.