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Buidling Blocks of Knitting I Toddler's Scarf

Leigh Atkinson

Buidling Blocks of Knitting I Toddler's Scarf

Leigh Atkinson

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7 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Lessson One Introduction

    • 2. Lesson Two Materials and Project

    • 3. Lesson Three Casting On

    • 4. Lesson Four The Knit Stitch

    • 5. Lesson Five The Slip Stitch

    • 6. Lesson Six Casting Off

    • 7. Lesson Seven Fringe and Conclusion

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In this class we are going to learn step -by-step the first skills you need to know when learning to knit.  In additional classes we will build on those skills.  

Meet Your Teacher

Hello, I'm Leigh.

I have been creative all my life, and now have the time to explore and learn some new things.  I am a retired University Administrator who oversaw a small regional campus in central Ohio.  I have taught many college classes on-line, so this seemed a good fit for me.  

My mom taught me to knit when I was just a small child.  I didn't do much with it until a few years ago when I saw a beautiful handmade sweater and wanted to recreate it.  I then started relearning how to knit so I had the skills to make a similar sweater.

My daughter, who is an artist recently discovered Skill-share, and shared it with me.  Now we are both hooked!  Look for her classes in illustration (Liz Trapp).

I plan to create a numb... See full profile

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1. Lessson One Introduction: high on Lee. Welcome to my very first needed class with skill share. I'm really excited about doing this. And I'm really happy that you've come to join me. I've been crafting my whole life my mom talking in it when I was just a young child, I got away from it until just a few years ago. I was at this concert and saw this woman with the most spectacular knit sweater on. That was I just couldn't believe it. So I decided I had to find it, and I couldn't. So I decided I had to make it and I went home and I picked up my needles and I got some tutorials and some books and some lessons, and I started from the beginning and taught myself to knit, so I couldn't That sweater. This will be the first in a series of classes where we will explore the joys of knitting. We're going to build blocks on build our foundation so that we will be able to finish projects on an ongoing basis in this class will briefly discuss the materials needed on the first skills that we're going to learn. We're gonna learn how to cast off the knit stitch, the slip stitch and casting off and then a little extra. How to make a French to finish off our projects. So let's get started. 2. Lesson Two Materials and Project: As with any skill share class, this one includes a project will learn each skill and practice it a bit, and then we'll create our very first project. By the end of this class, you will have all the tools and skills you need to make an adorable toddler scarf. I'll show you how to adapt the instructions to an adult size as well. In case you don't have a doctor. Toddler, you wanted it for the must haves. For this class, of course, it's a minute of us way. Need knitting needles? These are a size 10 and you're gonna want them relatively large for your first class. We'll talk about that later. We'll need some yarn, and as you can see, this is a relatively thick, so you want a pretty bulky yard for this project. And, of course, we'll need a pair of scissors now. Not absolutely critical, but nice to have is a measuring tape so we can measure our progress and see when the scarf is this long as we would like it to be, and a crush a hook to finish off our fringe. You know, walking into a yarn store or craft store could be so intimidating. There's so many things to see in so many colors, and often they have this huge wall of just so many things to choose from. It can really be overwhelming for this project. I suggest you keep it simple. Once gain of yard is all you're going to need, any blend will do. I chosen acrylic for this one and relatively heavy on a fun color that you enjoy working with. You'll need the relatively large set of needles as we already talked about. Hang for a size eight or hot, higher, larger. If you have something else on hand, that's fine. As a new knitter, larger needles are much easier to control. Needles come in a variety of materials. Metal and plastic. Bamboo. It really doesn't matter. What you choose to work with or what you happen to have on hand will do just fine if you're going to uh, purchased a pair. The bamboo seemed to be the easiest or the wooden ones the easiest for new knitters. Because it holds the yarn a little better is a little easier to control. You can get these materials online. You can get them at a major crap store. Personally, I like using that. The local vendors in the area We have an adorable younger shop run by a lovely woman who was so helpful. And I like to patronize those kinds of places. So you know what you need. Get your materials, pull them all together. Come back, we'll get started. Thanks. 3. Lesson Three Casting On: welcome back. So you have your materials. Let's get started. Will begin at the very beginning, casting on to start any project we have to learn how to cast on. And to do that, we're going to use one knitting needle and our yard. So we're going to want to take earn yarn with a tale of about 18 inches or so. We need to first make a slipknot. So to make a slipknot, you make a loop just like that, I can't show you. But you look overall, okay, just like that. And then you take the yard behind it, pull it up through and just make it slipped up. And then you're going to put that on your needles and since it up relatively tight, So let me take it off and pull it apart, and we'll do it again. So take your yard, make a loop just like that, the crosses in front. Take the yarn behind it and just loop it up in between. So it comes up the middle of your your first loop tight knit, and there's your slip knot. You're gonna put it on your needle and then pull it Not too tight you know when your stitches ever to be too tight, but tight enough. So there you go. You have your first stitch on your needle with your cast with casting on with your slip stitch. So now we're going to continue to learn to cast. You're gonna need one needle and your hand. The needle has the tail falling off the back of it. Your hand is, has the yard that's attached to the ball. You're going to put the yarn around that trigger finger that you're going to take the NATO and go right up alongside your finger almost behind so that your finger and the needle making X I don't know if you can see the top of that or not, and then you're going to want to take your your tail yarn goes behind your needle and then in between your needle and your finger just like that, and your finger goes over the top of the needle, taking the yarn with it and pull it slightly with the yarn this coming off of the ball and there you have a stitch. So let's do that one more time. You're gonna take your trigger trigger finger. You're going to take the needle and go right along your finger and behind it. So you have an ex just like that. You're gonna take your tail yarn and go behind the needle and then right between the needle on your finger right there and then you're going to take your finger and go right up over the top and then give the ball yarn side a little pool to tighten it up. And there's three stitches. So again, twist the yarn around your finger. Put the needle up behind your finger in the X go around between the two. Your finger goes up and over the top, and then you put again. We're just gonna do a couple more of these and you can watch this over and over again so you can just go step by step right with me. And if you have any problems, uh, please reach out to me. So we've got 1234 We'll do five around behind. They earned between going over the top and that's five stitches. You're going to want to practice this and put on about 10 and then we'll be right back toe . Learn to knit. So take some time to practice this until you're comfortable. You can rip out the stitches or leave them on the needles whenever you're done and ready for your next step. You want to have a least 10 stitches cast on your needle and not more than 24. If you're making the toddler scarf and you don't want to duplicate your efforts, go ahead and put 24 on it and please reach out to me if you're having any problems. 4. Lesson Four The Knit Stitch: helping back. So how did it go? I think casting on could be the hardest part of learning how to knit. So if you've got that, you got it. Now it's all behind you. Unfortunately, do have to do that first or you've got nothing to neck with. There are other methods that might appear easier, but they leave a lot of yarn in between your stitches and you really have to clean it up later. So I think even though this one might be a little more challenging definitely gives you the cleanest result. So we are ready to get into it and learnt than its ditch. Okay, we're ready to knit. So now you're going to need both needles. You've got your yarn, your needle with the stitches cast on in your left hand, and then you will have the empty needle in your right hand. You'll find this is going to be very similar to the casting on process. So you've already, uh, overcome that challenge. So this is really going to be much easier for you. So first thing we do is take our needles, get under that first ditch and go behind. So you're gonna make an X do this. You can see that over the top. Then you were going to take your yarn that's attached to the ball and bring it behind. And then between the needles, just like you did when you were casting on. Then you're going to take your head, your needle that has all the stitches on it, and you're gonna reach it right over so that the yarn that you passed between the two needles is now in front and on the needle on your right hand, and you're going to take off this thick stitch that you cast on. So that's behind you. Now, Now, the tail that you have from when you were casting on you just want to keep that out of your way. You want to make sure you don't inadvertently try to get a stitch with this yard that will mess you up. Okay, so let's try this again. We've got our needle. We're going up under the stitch and behind it. Oops. I'm sorry to keep hitting that. And so there's your ex. Your yarn is going to go behind that stitch in, in between the two and then this stitch You're going to lift right up so that the top of your southern back needle comes right through there and you just slip it off. So let's do this slowly a few more times trying to get it. So I'm not clanking so much. There's getting under that stitch. And this is why you don't want your stitches to be too tight or you don't want a cast on your stitches too tightly because you want to be able to maneuver your needles and get them under there. So you go behind in between and then you're gonna take this and just reach right over the top. I'm right like that. You can hold me, turn my hands. You can hold that that yarn with your other finger in the back to make sure it doesn't slip off when you're slipping it over your slipping your other needle over the top. So that might that might be a little helpful. So again, cross around, go right under the top. There we go. We'll just do a few more around that right under. There we go. So that is really all there is to your net stitch. And if you have any problems. For many questions, please feel free to reach out. Or if you have any hints or tricks of the trade that seemed to work really well for you. And you'd like to share them with the others taking this class. Feel free to do that as well. Always, always learning. So you never know what you don't know. And there we go. That's the last stitch. When you finish, all the stitches on your robe should be about 10. Maybe more. Looks good. Then you simply turn your needle around and pick up your next natal and start the next rope . Happy knitting. Your turn. Time to practice. Go ahead. And it is many Rose, as you feel comfortable with. Once you think you've got handle on it when you're confident, Come on back. 5. Lesson Five The Slip Stitch: welcome back. I'm sure at this point you're building some confidence in your knitting. This section is going to cover a very easy skill, but it's going to give your project of beautiful Edge. It's a slip stitch in written instructions. It will be Estelle for slip Stitch. W why I f with the yarn in front. Sounds complicated. It's not very easy. Let me show you. Okay, so our next stitch is going to be the slip stitch with the yarn in front, as I mentioned earlier, that is going to give you a very clean edge. So let me show you what I'm talking about with that. This is the scarf when it's finished. But if you can see that edge is just very neat and clean and just makes it so Look so finished and end professional. So I'm gonna show you how to do that. And we're gonna pick up our stitches. I did a few more rows so you can see what our knitting should be looking like. It's kind of nubby, Tom, and it looks almost the same on both sides. So, um, to do our slip stitch with the yarn in front this is the easiest stitch you're ever gonna do. It's just exactly what it sounds like. We're going to take our stitch, and this is our yarn. And this is our stitch, and we're simply going to slip it from one needle to the other while the yarn is in the front. Now to continue knitting, we're going to take the yarn and put it behind this needle so that we can go ahead and knit the rest of the road. So let me do that real quickly, and then we'll try this one more time again. This is pretty easy. Not much to it. You only do it the first stitch off the road. You don't do it the last stitch. And as you do it, it will cover up, um, the last stitch of this row then becomes the first stitch. So we're gonna flip it over here. And here is our knitted robe. Our yarn is in the front right here. We're just going to take the needle and slip that you learn right off. Go ahead, make sure it's as tight as it should be, and then you're going to take this yarn and then you're gonna put it in the back, so it's in the proper position to knit the rest of the road. Okay, so if you want to give me just a moment, I will get through the rest of this road and we'll do it one last time. But I'm sure the 1st 1 was probably enough for you to get the hang of it. I just don't want anybody to have any questions, and I'll try to do the next one so that we can see it. He's a so there's the last ditch of this row and then we turn your turn over. And so that becomes the first stitch of our next row and again just slipped the Natal under and you can just pull it right off since you're tighter. But they aren't behind the NATO and begin unity again, so that's all there is to it. But you do a few more rose practicing that, and you'll see the difference. Not a huge difference, but you'll see a difference is in the edge will look much cleaner, much neater. So happy knitting. See you soon. Pretty easy, right? So go ahead again. Practice a few rows, have some questions. Any challenges, let me know 6. Lesson Six Casting Off: Congratulations. You have got this. Now we're ready to just take the stitches off the needle. We're gonna learn how to cast off. Okay? We're ready to cast off this again is a relatively straightforward process. It's not terribly difficult, and it just takes a little bit of practice. And you have 10 stitches to practice with or whatever you have on your on your needle right now. So we're going to take our needle and we're going to knit a stitch. Where's my are in there? Okay, we're gonna net the first stitch just like that, just like always. And then we're gonna You know what? That that's wrong. Okay, so now we're ready to learn how to cast off. So here's our little night knitting sample, and we're going to take the needle. The stitch is off of our needle. Now. We still go ahead with our first stitch and slip it with this yarn in front. Move the yarn and back and then knit the next stitch stitch number two. Okay, so go back, Mitt. That stitch like you have been, then you want to take your your needle and stick it under that first stitch, the one you slipped. Bring it. Show this so you can see it. Bring it over the second stitch that you just did and off the top of the needle. So it's off the needle completely, and you have one stitch left on your right hand needle. Then you need the next stitch gonna move this so it doesn't clank. Okay, so we're going to knit the next stitch, get the troops, get the needle up underneath there in between. You know this. And now we have two stitches. We take the 1st 1 the one farthest, uh, from the tip. And again, we just get our needle right underneath it, just like that. And then we're gonna take it and lift it up over the stitch that's on that needle and off the end of the needle. And so you now have two stitches that have been cast off again. It's a nice clean edge, and you have one stitch on your right hand needle. It's the one that you most recently in it. So now you're gonna get one more, and you're gonna take your needle underneath it, and you're going to lift that stitch up and over and leave the most recently knit stitch on there, and we're just going to continue doing this one at a time. Have to keep knitting until we get to the end of our road. I won't be there. Justice. So casting off you do it the same way for everything. Again. This is a good reason why you don't want your stitches too terribly tight. That just makes it hard and frustrating to do your work. You want to start and keep your tension pretty consistent throughout your knitting so that it always hasn't even even look to it. So just to more stitches here and then. Oops. Sorry. This is the last stitch on the needle. We're gonna do that now. We have our last two stitches here. We're going to I apologize for that knocking. Take that needle and take the second toe last stitch off, and that leaves one stitch left. But you know, if we take that off and pull the aren't, everything will unravel. So we're not going to do that. We're going to make a little loop, pull the U turn out a little bit. So you've got some some urine left over. We're going to take our scissors and cut a tale of about I don't know, two or three inches and we're gonna take that and we're going to just threat it right through that hole just like that, and we're gonna pull it so that becomes tight. And that's our finished piece and our stitches air all cast off of it. So that's a little sample, and now you're ready to make your scarf. So now it's your turn. You cast your stitches off of the needles, and when you're done with that, come on back and we'll finish this project. 7. Lesson Seven Fringe and Conclusion: and congratulations. You now have all the tools and skills you need to make our project. The toddler scar. Let me talk a little bit about the pattern and the directions. You'll see it's got some abbreviations. That s cell for the slip stitch that we talked about before, and the with the yarn in front, as we discussed earlier. Now for the instructions on this and you will see this under the resource is tab off the skills share class. It's alright now for you. So you don't have to take notes or remember, but we're gonna cast on 24 stitches. If you're doing an adult version of this scarf, you're gonna cast on at least 32 stitches kind of eyeball. And if it's the with you wanted to be, that's where you want to stop your set. A proto is just going to be a full net grow. So you cast on your stitches and then you'll need the next row. After that, you'll start slipping the first stitch of every row and getting through to the end. Don't slip the last ditch just the 1st 1 and that's pretty much all there is going to be, too, that you're gonna need it until it is desired length. I did 24 inches for the youth. Um, toddler scarf. You probably want about 48 at least for the adult. But see what looks good for you, and then you cast it off and go out on the fringe. I'll show you how to do that now. So now I'm gonna show you how to finish this off with a fringe. You want something? Anything? It could be a book. Could be anything that is firm and about twice the length of the fringe that you want And take some yard and just wrap it around it. Oh, a bunch of times as many times as you want. Fringes. I'm just going to do that for now and then cut the top. Cut it from the ball. Cut the bottom. Okay, put that aside. You don't need it anymore. So now you've got some yarn that you're gonna make your in pieces you're gonna make your French from. I usually do two or three pieces at a time. I'll do to right now, So take two pieces of your yard. Take your Cochet hook, go to your edge and you've got where you cast off. You've got these beautiful stitches. Unfortunately, right now we're gonna cover them up, take your Cochet hook and put it right through both of the pieces of yarn that make that stitch. Take your yard and let's see. But put it on your crush a hook and go ahead and pull them through so it's gone through the hook. Then you're going to use your crush a hook and grab those four and pull them back through the loop that you just pulled through. If that makes sense and give a little tug, and there there's here your first piece of fringe. You can do it every stitch or every other stitch. I'll do it every other, just so it's easier for you to see. So you put your crow Shea hook through any size cruciate hook works. Sometimes bigger is easier to make. Maneuver the yarn. Sometimes you'll find a smaller one is. It's not critical that your yarn is all the same length, and if you want a trim it leader, you can. So you're gonna hook it around your pro Shea hook and pull your crow Shea Hook through that stitch. Perhaps sometimes it's easier to do it kind of sideways. So your crush a hook has come through the stitch and kind of made a loop here, if you can see that. So now you're gonna take the ends of your crew of your fringe yarns and pull them through the loop that you just pull through the stitch and just tightened up, and that's all there is to it will just do one more forgetful sake. And for this project, you can choose to either put a friend John or if you'd rather not. That's OK, too, Almond. As I said, I'd love to see your finished projects when you're done with them and you've got something that shows you your pattern coming up so you can know exactly what you need to do. Bring that through and tighten it up. So do as many a sense because you'd like thanks so much. Happy knitting. See you next class. So that's it. That's all there is to it. I can't wait to see your finished project. Remember, this is just the first class with the very basic foundational skills. We'll use these skills and more skills in tech dizzy techniques and following classes and the next class, we're gonna add the Purl stitch and show you how you can use thes two stitches to get different results. So I'll see you soon. Happy knitting.