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How to Knit

• Hold needle with cast on stitches in lefthand and empty needle under right armas for cast on. The tail of yarn will beunder the first stitch on a right side row. Push right hand needle through1st stitch.

How to knit stage 1
• Wind ball end of yarn under then overright hand needle.  How to knit stage 2
• Pull yarn through to make a loop. How to knit stage 3

• Keeping loop (which will now be the newstitch) on right hand needle, drop oldstitch off left hand needle. Repeat until there are no more stitcheson left hand needle. (You have justcompleted a row).

How to knit stage 4

Swap needles so that empty needle is inright hand again to start next row.


Learn to Knit with Sherbet the Sheep at Outback Yarns

The Basics of Knitting

All these tutorials are brought to you by Sirdar and Rowan, and it was using these knitting tutorial that I myself learned how to cast on, knit, purl, ect. The knitting tutorial are very easy to follow and will help anyone that is thinking about starting out in knitting.
Ideally the best way to learn to knit, is to have an experienced knitter talk you though it. But unfortunately we do not all have one of those. So the next best thing is these step by step guides which Sirdar have to lovingly put together. Sirdar and Rowan also make some truly fantastic yarns, our favourite is snowball / Pom Pom yarn, where anyone can knit themselves a fantastic scarf in a couple of hours!

Thanks Sirdar and Rowan

We like to say that Sherbet is teaching you but all he is really doing is looking good at the bottom of the page :)

The free knitting / crocheting card we offer to people wishing to learn the basics of knitting or crocheting, or that wish to simply know how to knit their very own scarf or maybe crochet a hat:

Sirdar Knitting Know How Card

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Learn to knit starters card by Sirdar

How Cast Off

• Knit first 2 stitches from left hand needle then use point of left hand needle to pick up first stitch and pull it over second stitch and off right hand needle. Casting off stage 1 
• Knit next stitch and pass last stitch over Repeat to end of row. (You will have only 1 stitch on right hand needle to end of row).  Casting off stage 2
• When all stitches have been worked, cut yarn and pull end through last stitch pulling tightly to finish off.  Casting off stage 3

How to Cable Stich

Here is another tutorial by Rowan which will hopefully make cabling easier for you :-)

Many knitters avoid cabling as it looks complex, but just try it and you will see that it is a deceptively simple technique to master.  Cables are stitches that have been lifted with a third needle and crossed to another place in the work: needless to say, it’s the third needle that puts people off.  The actual cables are usually worked in a stocking (stockinette) stitch on a background of reverse stocking (stockinette) stitch or sometimes a moss (seed) stitch.

All cables have been made using the techniques shown although they will use different numbers of stitches. For example, ‘C6B’ means ‘cable six back’: here you would slip three stitches onto the cable needle, holding it at the back; then knit three stitches from the left-hand needle, and finish with the three stitches from the cable needle. The pattern you are working from will tell you how many stitches to put on the cable needle and how many to knit.  Holding the cable needle at the back of the work makes the cable twist across to the right.


Step 1

• Work to the position of the cable. Slip the first two stitches from the left-hand needle onto the cable needle and leave it at the back of the work.

*Cable Tip*

"Using a cranked cable needle like the one shown makes it almost impossible for the stitches to slip off while you are working the next stitches on the left-hand needle. Once you are confident with cabling, try using a straight cable needle, which makes the process a bit quicker. "


How to cable stitch step 1

Step 2

• Work to the position of the cable. Slip the first two stitches from the left-hand needle onto the cable needle and leave it at the back of the work.

How to cable stitch step 2

Step 3

• Now knit the two stitches from the cable needle to complete the cable four back. If you find that the first stitch purled after the cable needle is baggy, try purling into the back of it to tighten it.

*Cable Tip*

• Holding the cable needle at the front of the work makes the cable twist across to the left. This is called Cable four front (C4F).

How to cable stitch step 3

 How to Sew Ends

You will need to sew in the ends of yarn at the beginning and end of a piece of knitting and where new balls or colours have been joined in.

• Sew end through every other edge stitch.

How to sew in ends