Knitting 101

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What Will You Learn?

  • Create a pair of hand warmers, a bulky cowl, and a pom-pom hat.
  • Learn how to work a cable without a cable needle.
  • Master the steps for the Tunisian knit stitch as well as the three-color linen stitch.

Course Overview

Whether you have always wanted to knit but didn’t know where to start, or have tried to learn in the past but just can’t seem to get the hang of it, this compilation of the best knitting courses Craftsy has to offer will give you the techniques that you need to knit with confidence and ease.

In Knitting 101, three experienced instructors lead you through 36 hands-on lessons across four modules, each centered on different methods and levels of experience. You will cover the basics and beyond, from understanding your needles and yarns to mastering various stitches and shapes, so you can create amazing hats, gloves, scarves, and much more.

Module 1 (17 lessons): Start-Up Library: Knitting

Interested in knitting but don’t know where to start? Join Susan B. Anderson, your expert guide to knitting, as she teaches you how to make three cozy accessories—a pair of hand warmers, a bulky cowl, and a pom-pom hat—from getting your first stitches on the needles to finishing your projects, with troubleshooting tips, and much more. Explore two different knitting styles, Continental and English, and decide which one you prefer. And have fun with your knitting by playing with color. Susan shows you how to knit stripes, both flat and in the round, and shares tips and tricks for changing colors with different stitch patterns. Remember, no one knits perfectly the first time around. Susan closes her lessons by helping you fix some common beginner mistakes, and helps you identify what went wrong in the first place.

 Module 2 (6 lessons): Start-Up Project: Cable-Knit Hat & Headband

Love the look of cables, but don’t know how to knit them? They’re easier than you might think! In this module, follow up what you have learned so far as designer Allyson Dykhuizen guides you step by step to knit a cabled headband and hat. Along the way, pick up tips and techniques for changing colors, chart reading, and more. Explore a variety of different cable stitches as you work the pattern repeat for your hat. Find out how to work from a chart and written instructions, and use stitch markers to keep track of your pattern. Allyson ends her lessons by troubleshooting common mistakes. Plus, see how to work a cable without a cable needle—a handy trick for those of us that always seem to lose it!

Module 3 (7 lessons): Knit Faster with Continental Knitting

Does your knitting sometimes get cut short by tired, achy hands? Do you want to knit faster and more efficiently? If you answered “yes” to one or both of these questions, join instructor and designer Lorilee Beltman and learn Continental knitting (also known as left-handed knitting)—a different style of knitting that ditches strain for speed! By making the most of your hand motions with smaller, quicker movements, and giving every finger a job to do, you'll rejuvenate your knitting and approach any project with a newfound zeal. Lorilee will show you how to keep even tension as you work increases, decreases, and more, and you'll learn how you might apply Continental knitting to a variety of techniques, from cables to colorwork. Whether you're new to knitting or a seasoned English-style veteran, you'll wonder where Continental knitting has been all your life. And, if you're left-handed, well, get ready to fall in love.

Module 4 (6 lessons): Knit Faster with Continental Knitting: Color & Texture

Work the patterns you love with more speed and less hand strain! Join popular instructor Lorilee Beltman and see how having a free hand to hold your yarn can make a huge difference when knitting texture and colorwork. You'll begin by learning the steps for the Tunisian knit stitch as well as the three-color linen stitch. Then, find out how much easier knitting Continental style makes mosaic colorwork and even cables. When you move on, Lorilee will share a variety of Gansey-style patterns that work up easily from alternating knits and purls. Want to add even more colorwork to your Continental toolkit? You'll discover how Continental techniques turn stranding into a speedy, strain-free process. Plus, you'll knit a gorgeous sampler cowl, along the way, to hone your new skills.

Whether you go through each module of Knitting 101 chronologically, or jump into the topics that interest you most, you will receive step-by-step instruction from an experienced instructor through every stitch, purl, and pattern. Furthermore, tips and methods you gain can be applied to any number of amazing projects as you grow your skills into more-advanced projects. Whether you want to create beautiful keepsakes or more practical pieces, Knitting 101 will help you master the techniques you need.

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36 lectures
 |  Average 17 minutes each
  • 1
    Module 1 - Lesson 1: Intro to Knitting
    Meet Susan B. Anderson and get a brief introduction to knitting. Then jump to the best part of knitting: the yarn! Learn about the different fibers and sizes to choose from, as well as the best types for beginners. x
  • 2
    Module 1 - Lesson 2: What You Need
    One of the best things about knitting is that it doesn't require a lot of supplies. In this lesson, Susan helps you choose what you need for your projects and shares a few additional tools to stock your knitting bag. x
  • 3
    Module 1 - Lesson 3: Casting On
    This is when the fun begins! Susan shares her tried-and-true method for getting your stitches onto your needles. Then cast on for your very first project: a pair of hand warmers. x
  • 4
    Module 1 - Lesson 4: The Knit Stitch
    Explore the knit stitch, the most basic unit of knitting, and use it to create garter stitch. Then try your hand at two different knitting styles, Continental and English, and decide which one works best for you. Afterwards, you'll add the first rows to your hand warmers. x
  • 5
    Module 1 - Lesson 5: The Purl Stitch, English
    In this lesson, you'll learn the English-style purl stitch. Then, explore a new stitch pattern, the stockinette stitch, by alternating rows of knits and purls. x
  • 6
    Module 1 - Lesson 6: Ribbing, English
    Using the English style of knitting, complete your hand warmers by working the rib stitch pattern. By alternating knits and purls in the same row, you'll create a textured, stretchy finish. See how to manage your yarn as you switch between stitches. x
  • 7
    Module 1 - Lesson 7: The Purl Stitch, Continental
    In this lesson, you'll work the Continental-style purl stitch, holding the yarn in your left hand. Then explore a new stitch pattern, the stockinette stitch, by alternating rows of knits and purls. x
  • 8
    Module 1 - Lesson 8: Ribbing, Continental
    Complete your hand warmers by working the Continental-style rib stitch pattern. By alternating knits and purls in the same row, you'll create a textured, stretchy finish. Learn how to manage your yarn as you switch between stitches. x
  • 9
    Module 1 - Lesson 9: Binding Off
    Whether you’re knitting English- or Continental-style, you'll need a way to get your stitches off the needles and keep them secure. In this lesson, Susan explains what binding off is as you practice on your hand warmers. x
  • 10
    Module 1 - Lesson 10: Finishing
    Once you've finished knitting your hand warmers, seam them and weave in any loose yarn ends. Afterwards, uncover the magic of blocking as you learn to block your own knits. x
  • 11
    Module 1 - Lesson 11: Reading a Pattern
    In order to tackle your favorite knitting projects, you'll need to know your way around the pattern. In this lesson, Susan walks you through each part of a knitting pattern and helps you understand how written instructions translate to actual knitting. x
  • 12
    Module 1 - Lesson 12: Knitting in the Round
    Take your knitting from flat to round by knitting in the round! Discover the best way to cast on and start your round, plus tips for keeping track of where you are and which direction you should be knitting. x
  • 13
    Module 1 - Lesson 13: Waffle Stitch Cowl
    Practice knitting in the round by working the Waffle Stitch Cowl pattern included in your class materials. And, while you're at it, try a new stitch pattern! x
  • 14
    Module 1 - Lesson 14: Shaping
    Shaping opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities for your knitting. In this lesson, you'll practice basic increase and decrease stitches to make your knitting wider or narrower. x
  • 15
    Module 1 - Lesson 15: Changing Colors
    Have fun with your knitting by playing with color! Susan shows you how to knit stripes, both flat and in the round, and shares tips and tricks for changing colors with different stitch patterns. x
  • 16
    Module 1 - Lesson 16: Striped Hat
    Build on your skills by working your next project: a striped pom-pom hat. Practice working in the round, knitting stripes, and using decreases to shape the top of your hat. x
  • 17
    Module 1 - Lesson 17: Fixing Common Mistakes
    Remember, no one knits perfectly the first time around. In this final lesson, Susan helps you fix some common beginner mistakes, and identify what went wrong in the first place! x
  • 18
    Module 2 - Lesson 1: Getting Started With Cables
    Meet Allyson Dykhuizen and begin class by going over everything you'll need to get started. Then dive into your first project, a bulky cabled headband! x
  • 19
    Module 2 - Lesson 2: Cabled Headband
    Get started on your cabled headband. Allyson walks you through the simple cable pattern and how to knit it. You'll practice changing colors and working from written instructions to complete your project. x
  • 20
    Module 2 - Lesson 3: Cabled Hat Setup
    Tackle a slightly more challenging cable pattern as you work your second project, a hat. Allyson reviews the yarn and tools you'll need to get started. Then cast on and start working the bottom of the hat. x
  • 21
    Module 2 - Lesson 4: Cable Charts
    Explore a variety of different cable stitches as you work the pattern repeat for your hat. Find out how to work from a chart and written instructions, and use stitch markers to keep track of your pattern. x
  • 22
    Module 2 - Lesson 5: Finishing the Hat
    Once your cables are done, it's time to finish your hat. Allyson shows you how to decrease for the crown and work on double-pointed needles as your hat gets smaller. After that, weave in the ends and, if you'd like, add a pom-pom! x
  • 23
    Module 2 - Lesson 6: Troubleshooting
    Allyson ends class by troubleshooting common mistakes. Plus, see how to work a cable without a cable needle, a handy trick for those of us that always seem to lose it! x
  • 24
    Module 3 - Lesson 1: The Knit Stitch
    Meet Lorilee Beltman and get started on learning the knit stitch, Continental-style. Whether you're a new knitter or a longtime English-style knitter, you'll appreciate Lorilee's clear instruction for tensioning and positioning the yarn in your hands and making knit stitches flow along your needles with maximum comfort and efficiency. x
  • 25
    Module 3 - Lesson 2: The Purl Stitch
    Get a handle on the purl stitch as Lorilee shows how to hold your yarn and move it into place for your needle to grab quickly and easily. You'll see how to keep awkward movements at a minimum and make sure your stitches are correctly oriented on your needles. x
  • 26
    Module 3 - Lesson 3: Sizing Stitches for Even Knitting
    Depending on how you make your stitches, your knitting might end up too loose or too tight. Lorilee shows how this happens and explains how to make your stitch size just right. x
  • 27
    Module 3 - Lesson 4: Time Savers: Using Knit & Purl Together
    Knitting Continental really comes in handy when you have to alternate frequently between knits and purls, such as in ribbing or seed stitch. Getting the working yarn to the front or back of your knitting is simply a matter of shifting your right hand. Lorilee shows you how to achieve this efficiency and how to keep the transition smooth. x
  • 28
    Module 3 - Lesson 5: Increases, Decreases & Other Maneuvers
    Lorilee walks you through using Continental knitting with all of the common increases, decreases and other stitch maneuvers. With the yarn in your left hand, you'll find you're able to tackle elaborate patterns with ease! x
  • 29
    Module 3 - Lesson 6: Using Continental for Your Favorite Fabrics
    Whether your favorite fabric includes lace, cables, linen stitch or even two-handed colorwork, Lorilee's got you covered. She shares her tips for tackling each with Continental knitting, including how to cable without a cable needle. Linen stitch and colorwork, especially, will be so much easier if you know how to hold the yarn with your left hand. x
  • 30
    Module 3 - Lesson 7: Troubleshooting & Practice
    The way you hold your knitting might be causing you some pain. Lorilee shows some common pitfalls to avoid so that you can continue to enjoy your knitting. Similarly, you might find yourself struggling with keeping your tension and your stitches even. Lorilee shares troubleshooting strategies. Finally, learn about some small, fun projects you can work on as you practice your newfound Continental knitting skills! x
  • 31
    Module 4 - Lesson 1: Starting Out: Cast-On & Transitional Bands
    Meet popular instructor Lorilee Beltman and start by reviewing the yarn and tools that work best for Continental projects. Then, tackle the provisional cast-on, pick up tips for transitioning between differing stitch counts and find out how to use yarn markers to keep track in your work. x
  • 32
    Module 4 - Lesson 2: Slipping Stitches: Tunisian & Linen
    The beautiful Tunisian knit stitch is loaded with yarn overs and slip stitches -- and Continental style lets you streamline all the steps! Find out how, before Lorilee demonstrates a classic Tunisian pattern: the three-color linen stitch. To work this gorgeous pattern, you'll move the yarn from back to front and back again. x
  • 33
    Module 4 - Lesson 3: Mosaic Knitting
    Make mosaic stitch faster and easier with Continental knitting! This classic colorwork style only knits one color at a time, slipping stitches after the yarn is brought forward or back. Lorilee will show you how to work it in Continental and help you troubleshoot along the way. x
  • 34
    Module 4 - Lesson 4: Textured Solids: Cables & More
    Explore rich textures such as cables to make your knitting pop! Lorilee guides you through cabling without a cable needle or ever having to let go of your yarn. Then, discover some Gansey-style stitch patterns that are achieved by simply switching back and forth between knits and purls. When knit in Continental style these patterns work up faster than ever! x
  • 35
    Module 4 - Lesson 5: Vertically Stranded Colorwork & Lace
    Find out how Continental knitting makes vertically stranded colorwork and even colorwork lace easier. Lorilee shows you how to work your main color entirely by picking, throwing in the occasional contrast stitch as you go. Then, get some practice with your cowl's colorwork lace motif to hone your yarn overs, increases and decreases. x
  • 36
    Module 4 - Lesson 6: Stranded Colorwork & Finishing
    In the standard style, stranded colorwork requires both of your hands to work together. But in the Continental style, your free hand provides added control for faster, more approachable stranding. Follow along for a step-by-step breakdown before Lorilee walks you through grafting the ends of your cozy new cowl together. x

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Lorilee Beltman Susan B. Anderson Allyson Dykhuizen

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Lorilee Beltman, Knitting Expert
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Susan B. Anderson, Knitting Professional
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Lorilee Beltman is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor and a TNNA designer and teacher who has taught at national events around the country since 2009. It was once Lorilee opened her own knitting business, City Knitting, that she realized her passion for spreading knowledge and helping knitters past their roadblocks. You can find some of her articles in respected magazines such as Twist Collective and Interweave Knits.
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Susan B. Anderson, is the author of six knitting books, including the best-selling Kids' Knitting Workshop. In 2016, Susan and her son started a yarn and pattern company, Barrett Wool Co. Susan's favorite part of being a knitting teacher is traveling the country, teaching, and meeting knitters from all over the world.
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Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer, author and knitting instructor based in Chicago. She served as the editor of the online magazine Holla Knits, and her patterns have been featured in a number of publications including Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear and knit.purl magazines. Allyson is author of the book Midwestern Knits.
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