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Learn To Knit Kit

Learn to Knit: Your Ultimate Guide to Starting a Cozy New Hobby

Welcome to the wonderfully woolly world of knitting for beginners!

If you’ve been dreaming of crafting your own chunky-chic sweaters or snuggling up in a handmade scarf, you’re in the right place. At Cardigang, we believe anyone can become a knitting superstar with a little bit of guidance and a whole lot of fun. Ready to get those sticks clicking? Let’s dive into our beginner’s guide to learning how to knit!

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🤔 WHY LEARN TO KNIT?


Knitting is more than just a craft; it’s a journey into creativity, relaxation, and pure joy. Imagine the pride in saying, “I made this myself!” Whether you’re looking to de-stress, create personalized gifts, or simply try something new, knitting offers endless possibilities.

Getting Started: What You Need As A Beginner Knitter

First things first, you’ll need a few basic tools to kickstart your knitting adventure:


1. Yarn: Choose a yarn that’s beginner-friendly. We recommend starting with our Chunky Wool – it’s soft, squishy, and easy to work with. Plus, its size makes it easier to see your stitches and handle the yarn.


2. Needles (Sticks): For beginners, a pair of larger-sized needles (sticks) is perfect. A size 10mm - 15mm set is just right for chunky yarn. Cardigang's knitting kits often come with everything you need, so you don’t have to worry about finding the right tools separately.


3. Learn to Knit Kit: Our Knitting Kits are specially designed for beginners. It includes all the essentials – yarn, sticks, and easy-to-follow instructions. Plus, we’ve packed in a whole lot of encouragement and love. 🌈

Knitting Kits for Beginners

Basic Knitting Terms and Techniques


Before you start, let’s get you familiar with some basic knitting lingo:

Cast On


This is how you get your yarn onto the needles. It’s the foundation of your knitting project. There are several methods, but the “long-tail cast on” is a favorite for its neat and stretchy edge.

Knit Stitch (K)


The knit stitch is the most basic and essential stitch in knitting. It’s what you’ll use to create the majority of your projects.

Purl Stitch (P)


The purl stitch is essentially the reverse of the knit stitch. Mastering both knit and purl stitches opens the door to a world of textures and patterns.

Cast Off (Bind Off)


This is how you finish your knitting, securing the stitches so they don’t unravel. It’s like tying off your project with a neat little bow.

Step-by-Step: Your First Knitting Project


Let’s get those sticks moving with a simple and satisfying project – a cozy scarf!

Step 1: Casting On


Start by casting on 20 stitches using the long-tail method.


Don’t worry if it looks a bit messy at first – practice makes perfect!


💡 TIP: Make sure you leave a long tail of yarn – about 3-4 times the width of your project. For our example of 20 stitches, wrap your yarn around your needle 20 times, add a few cms, and now you should have a long tail! 

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Step 2: Knit Every Row


For this project, we’re going to use the garter stitch, which is simply knitting every stitch, and knitting every row. It creates a lovely, stretchy fabric that’s perfect for scarves.


How to do a Knit Stitch

Hold your needles with the cast-on stitches in your left hand.


1. STAB IT: Insert the right needle into the first stitch from front to back.


2. STRANGLE  IT: Wrap the yarn around the right needle


3. SCOOP IT'S GUTS OUT: Pull the yarn down and through the stitch on your left needle, to create a new stitch.


4. THROW IT OFF A CLIFF: Slip the old stitch off the left needle.


Repeat these steps across the row.

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Step 3. Keep Going


Continue knitting every row until your scarf is as long as you’d like. A good length for a beginner scarf is around 60 inches.



Step 4: Casting Off


Once you're happy with the length of your scarf, it’s time to cast off. 


Knit two stitches, then lift the first stitch over the second and off the end of your needle.


Continue until only one stitch remains, then cut the yarn and pull it through the last stitch to secure.

Knitting Kit for Beginners

Take the guess work out of it with a Knit Kit


Why You’ll Love It: Cardigang's knitting kits are made for beginners, and come with everything you need to make your scarf.


The Perfect Cardigang Kit: The Harper scarf is a beginner's best friend. Made using just one stitch, you'll whip this project up as quick as a flash and keep your cute neck warm all winter long.


TROUBLESHOOTING COMMON PROBLEMS


Even the best of us drop a stitch or two! Here are some quick fixes for common knitting hiccups:


🧡 Dropped Stitches

Spot a hole in your work? You might have dropped a stitch. Use a crochet hook or your needles to pick up the loose stitch and place it back on the needle.


🧡 Tight or Loose Stitches

If your stitches are too tight, try to relax your hands and loosen your grip on the yarn. If they’re too loose, wrap the yarn a bit more firmly around your fingers.


🧡 Uneven Edges

Keep an eye on your tension – the amount of pressure you apply to the yarn. Consistent tension helps create smooth, even edges.

Why Knitting is Good for You

Knitting isn’t just about creating fabulous things – it’s also great for your mind and soul. Here’s why you’ll love it:


1. Stress Relief: The rhythmic motion of knitting is incredibly soothing. It’s like a mini-meditation with every stitch.

2. Boosts Creativity: Choosing colors, patterns, and projects lets your creative spirit shine. Plus, you get to wear or gift your unique gear!


3. Builds Community: Knitting connects you with fellow crafters around the world. Share your projects, get tips, and find endless inspiration from our vibrant Cardigang community.

FAQS for Knitting Newbies

What do I need to start knitting?

All you need is some squishy yarn, a pair of knitting sticks, and a sprinkle of enthusiasm! Our beginner-friendly Learn to Knit Kits come with everything you need to get started – from the yarn to the instructions. Just bring your cozy vibes and we’ll handle the rest! 🧶✨

How do I choose the right yarn for my first project?

For your knitting debut, go for something chunky and soft – it’s easier to handle and works up quickly. Our Chunky Wool is a beginner’s best friend: big, bold, and forgiving. Plus, it’s super fun to work with and comes in a rainbow of delicious colors! 🌈

Why does my knitting have holes or gaps?

Oopsie! Dropped stitches or uneven tension can create those pesky holes. Don’t fret – it happens to all of us. Check out our tutorial videos for tips on how to fix dropped stitches and keep your tension smooth. Remember, practice makes perfect (and we think those quirks add character)! 😜

What’s the difference between knitting and purling?

Think of knitting and purling as the dynamic duo of the yarn world. The knit stitch is like a smooth road, while the purl stitch is its bumpy, fun-loving cousin. Together, they create all sorts of textures and patterns. You’ll be mastering them in no time and weaving magic with every stitch! 🌟

How do I fix a mistake in my knitting?

No need to panic! If you’ve dropped a stitch or knit when you should have purled, you can easily fix it. Use a crochet hook or a knitting stick to pick up the dropped stitch. If it’s a bigger oops, you might need to unravel a bit and redo. Remember, every mistake is a learning opportunity! 💪

How do I keep my edges straight and even?

Ah, the quest for perfect edges! Keeping an even tension and consistently knitting the first and last stitches of each row can help. 

💡 A pro tip: Try slipping the first stitch of every row knitwise (like knitting it without actually knitting it) – it creates a smooth, tidy edge. Voilà! 🎀

How do I know if I’m knitting at the right tension?

Tension, or gauge, is how tight or loose your stitches are. It can make or break the fit of your project. To check, knit a small swatch and measure the number of stitches per inch. If it matches the pattern’s gauge, you’re golden! If not, adjust your needle size and try again. Easy peasy! 📏

Join the Cardigang Community


Ready to embark on your knitting journey? Our Learn to Knit Kits are the perfect starting point. They include everything you need to create beautiful, brag-worthy pieces. Plus, you’ll have access to our online tutorials and support from fellow Cardigang members.


Dive in today and discover the joy of knitting. Whether you’re knitting for yourself or creating gifts for loved ones, we’re here to cheer you on every step of the way. 🧶💕


Happy knitting, and welcome to the gang!

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