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How to Learn to Knit

Updated on January 18, 2015

Learn How to Knit Online

Do you want to learn to knit but don't know where to start?

I can crochet and sew just about anything, but I tried and failed a couple times to learn to knit. I tried books and online tutorials, but I never could get past the awkward, clumsy, I-don't-know-if-I'm-doing-this-right stage, so I gave up.

Then I discovered Craftsy online knitting classes, and I had a breakthrough. Craftsy offers online video knitting classes in a format that makes it easy to get through the early struggles and get right to knitting scarves, hats, socks, and just about anything else you can think of.

If you want to learn how to knit, read on for all the details about how easy it is to get started with Craftsy classes.

(The photo above is a scarf I made in Knit Lab, the beginner knitting Craftsy class I recommend below. It's a sampler of seed and basket weave stitches and was the second thing I ever knitted, only about a week after starting my first class!)

Beginner Knitting Lessons at Craftsy - Knitting Instructions for Beginners

As a beginner, you'll want to start with Stefanie Japel's Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques ($19.99). In more than eight hours of lessons, Stefanie takes you through everything you need to knit a scarf, even if you've never held a knitting needle before. First you'll learn about the materials you'll need, and then you'll cast on, practice knit and purl stitches, and even make a bit of lace and a buttonhole. By Lesson 9, you'll have a cute scarf and the skills to move on to more complicated projects. The rest of the lessons in this beginner knitting class will teach you several techniques for increases, decreases, and more decorative stitch patterns.

When you're comfortable with the basics, the next class I recommend is Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways ($19.99), also taught by Stefanie Japel. Even if you're not particularly interested in knitting hats, this is a great class for learning to knit in the round, which will lead you to socks, sweaters, and other three-dimensional knitting projects. Stefanie's hat patterns for this class are quick projects that will teach you how to use circular and double-pointed needles.

Personally, I wanted to learn to knit socks. I started with the two beginner Knit Lab classes recommended above, watching and working in my spare time, and I finished my first sock less than five weeks later. With all I'd learned from Stefanie's scarf and hat lessons, I didn't even need any sock lessons (although Craftsy has plenty of those too). I already have my eye on several advanced knitting classes to tackle on Craftsy after I finish my second sock.

Sample Clip from a Craftsy Knitting Class - Circular Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel

Here's a quick clip from Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways with Stefanie Japel. In this clip, Stefanie shows how to fix a dropped stitch when you've knitted several rows beyond the mistake. This sample video is a great way to get a feel for what Stefanie's classes are like. You'll see that there are clear closeup shots of the stitches being discussed. This is the kind of demonstration that is good to bookmark as you watch the lessons. Later, when you inevitably drop a stitch yourself, you'll easily be able to find these instructions again and fix your mistake. Online Knitting Classes Online Knitting Classes

The Craftsy Learning Platform

Online Video Lessons for Learning to Knit offers online classes for knitting and many other areas. Most classes are $19.99 to $39.99 and include hours of instruction broken down into multiple lessons. When you buy a Craftsy class, you get unlimited access to watch the videos and download the course materials as many times as you need to, any time of day, forever. Every class also comes with a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee. You can access your classes on your PC, laptop, tablet, and smartphone.

As you watch the video knitting lessons, you can make notes for yourself to easily return to a particular point in the video. You can also ask questions and see questions asked by other students. Even though other students may have taken the class months ago, their questions remain in your sidebar as you reach the relevant section of video, so you get the benefit of the group setting without the inconvenience of a set schedule. Instructors return to the course regularly to respond to questions, so you'll see their responses and get answers to your own questions.

Another great feature of a Craftsy class is the 30-second rewind option. When you're learning something like knitting, you may need to see a technique demonstrated many times before you get it. In a live, in-person class, if you miss something, or it doesn't click for you right away, you can quickly fall behind. In your Craftsy video lesson, you can just click the 30-second rewind button, and the last 30 seconds of video will repeat automatically until you click the button again. (30 seconds is the default, but you can adjust it to repeat a longer or shorter clip.) I found this feature useful several times as I tried to master a tricky stitch.

Supplies for Your First Knit Lab Class - For the Lacy Keyhole Scarf Project

One of the great things about knitting as a hobby is that you can get started with a very small investment. One skein of yarn and a set of inexpensive needles are all you'll need for the lacy keyhole scarf in Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques.

Lion Brand Yarn 825-208 Amazing Yarn, Glacier Bay
Lion Brand Yarn 825-208 Amazing Yarn, Glacier Bay

You'll need one skein of worsted-weight yarn for the first project you'll make in your first Knit Lab class. This wool is just one of countless options. Click through to see over a dozen color choices.

Clover Takumi 9-Inch Single point, Size 7
Clover Takumi 9-Inch Single point, Size 7

Bamboo knitting needles are great for beginners because they're less slippery than metal or plastic, so you'll have less trouble with stitches slipping off during those awkward early knitting sessions.


Have you tried a Craftsy class? - What did you think?

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      cutethings 4 years ago

      I haven't tried Craftsy class yet, but it sounds interesting. Thank you for info.