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How to create a starting loop

A starting loop or slip loop is the very first stitch when starting any knitting or crochet projects. When it is formed, it creates your working slip loop or working slip knot,. 

Ensure you leave a little "tail" before starting the loop. At the end of your projects, use a yarn darning needle to sew that tail in. 

1. With the tail end in your left hand, loop over the long end of yarn to create a X. Hold the X with your left fingers to secure.

2. Lay the long end of yarn below the loop. 

3. Feed the long end of yarn through the loop and pull it out with your right hand. 

4. Pull the long end loop until a small knot forms. This is a slip knot. 

Put your knitting needle or crochet hook into the slip knot loop and tighten by pulling the yarn. 




How to cast on

 Casting on stitches creates your foundation row.

1. Place the starting loop on the left needle. Insert the other needle into the loop, behind the left needle. Wind over the working yarn from back to front. 

2. Maintain tension as you bring the tip of the right needles, with its wrap of yarn, through the loop of the left hand needle. You now have a new working loop on the right hand needle.

3. Gently stretch open the newly formed working loop.

4. Insert the tip of the left hand needle into the working loop, from the bottom. You now have two stitches on the left hand needle.







How to knit stitch

The knit stitch is the most common and basic stitch. If you knit every row, its called garter stitch. 

1. After casting on required stitches, hold the working needle in your left hand. Insert the tip of the right hand needle, into the first stitch, with it resting behind the left hand needle. Wrap the working yarn over the right hand needle from back to front. 

2. Pull the working yarn down so it slips between the two needles. 

3. Maintaining tension, bring the tip of your right hand needle, with its wrap of yarn, through the loop on the left hand needle, all the way to the front. 

4. Slide the original stitch off the left hand needle. It is now sitting on the right hand needle. 







How to purl stitch

The purl stitch is the opposite of the knit stitch. If you alternate between a knit row and a purl row you create the stocking stitch. 

1. After casting on required stitches, hold the working needle in your left hand. Lay your working yarn to the front of your work. Insert the tip of the right hand needle, into the first stitch, with it resting in front of left hand needle. 

2. Wrap the working yarn over the right hand needle from back to front, top to bottom. Pull the working yarn down so it slips between the two needles. 

3. Maintaining tension, bring the tip of your right hand needle, with its wrap of yarn, backwards through the loop on the left hand needle, all the way to the back. 

4. Slide the original stitch off the left hand needle. It is now sitting on the right hand needle. Note, your yarn is still sitting in the front. 






How to cast off

Casting off is the last row that is worked and finishes off the edge. 

1. Knit the first two stitches. Lets call them Stitch #1 and Stitch #2.

2. Insert the tip of your left hand needle into the Stitch #1 loop. 

3. Lift Stitch #1 over Stitch #2. 

4. There is now one stitch on the right needle, being Stitch #2. 

5. Keep repeating until the end of the row, and you have only one stitch remaining on your right hand needle. 

6. Cut the yarn a few centimetres from the needle and pull this tail through the last stitch to lock it in place. 





               

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