With the cast on, knit and purl stitches under your belt, you’ve probably knit yourself a little swatch. Cool! At some point, you’ll want to get that swatch off your needle.
Enter the cast off.
The cast off is awesome because it means your project is done! All grown up and ready to enter the world!
2 Challenges for You
Look at you! You’ve learned the four essential knitting techniques. Now, you’re ready to knit something you can wear! Test out your new skills by knitting…
1. Simple Garter Stitch Scarf Using your new skills, knit a garter stitch scarf by casting on two dozen or so stitches and knitting all of them, back and forth, until you’re happy with the length. Then, cast off. Once you’ve cast off, weave in your yarn ends.Then, you’re officially done with your garter stitch scarf! Wahoo! (Difficulty level: easy)
2. The Cushy Cowl Build on these four techniques by introducing another essential skill – knitting in the round! – to make the cushy cowl, a seamless circle of garter stitch that you can loop around your neck. This option includes a free pattern and tutorial that walks you through all the steps involved, including knitting in the round and garter stitch in the round. (Difficulty level: slightly harder)
I have been looking for a place to learn how to knit! I’ll try this out with my daughter this weekend.
Awesome! Knitting is such
a great thing to do with family. I hope you have a great time with your daughter! Let me know if you encounter any hiccups!
oh my goodness… i was just tellin my mom today how i wish i knew how to knit. im so excited to try.
You can do it, Monica! Any hiccups, let me know!
This is great … my daughter and I have just started and needed to learn how to purl. (Guess what we’ll be doing obsessively this weekend?!) Thanks for a lovely site!
How fun! I love the idea of you and your daughter knitting together. I’ve had so many people tell me what a great bonding experience it was to learn how to know with their mothers or grandmothers. Have a wonderful weekend together!
very nicely designed website, and great looking videos as well – can’t wait to try it out!
Kiersten W. says
Aww. I was really excited to watch these, but the videos won’t show up for me.
I’m sorry about that. The videos are hosted off of YouTube and embedded here, so you can try watching on YouTube right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bufF8e24JY&list=PLSZARCc5KSoTCb-GLUOufzJpMClbq3yUW&feature=share
Kiersten W. says
Thank you! I got them to play, I just had to update my plug-ins. These tutorials are absolutely perfect. Can’t wait to get started!