Learn to Knit

Learn to Knit Video Series

Lesson 1: Choosing Yarn and Needles

Lesson 2: Casting On

Lesson 3: The Knit Stitch

Lesson 4: The Purl Stitch


How to Seam Your Knitting with Mattress Stitch


  • Stephen Ellis

    I’m having a lot of trouble with the knit stitch. I can rarely get the right needle through the loop. I can’t tell if I’m casting on too tight or if I bought bad needles. Do you know some common reasons why this might be? I did what you said in the video, inserting the needle from the front, and moving it to the back, but I still can’t get it to work.

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Stephen. If you have a hard time getting the right needle through the stitch, your stitches are probably too tight. The cast on row is usually slightly more difficult to work into, but you should always be able to get both needles into the stitch without having to force and shove the right needle in. To make your cast on looser, you’ll want to avoid tightening the stitches so much as you cast on. I hope this helps!

  • Becky Burkett

    In your tutorial about Continental knitting, the tips on the circular needle you are using are longer than the ones I have. Could you share what brand of needle that is? My hands are feeling a little cramped using the ones I have now and I would love ones just a little bit longer. Thanks!

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