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Knit With Hannah: Beginner's First Scarf

Hannah Gilly, Knit With Hannah

Knit With Hannah: Beginner's First Scarf

Hannah Gilly, Knit With Hannah

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6 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Knit a scarf introduction

    • 2. Choosing materials for your project

    • 3. Casting On

    • 4. Knitting the Scarf

    • 5. Casting Off

    • 6. Finishing the Teddy Bear Scarf

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About This Class

Knit along with Hannah to create a scarf for your teddy-bear or any soft toy in your life! Hannah will take you through the steps for your very first knitting project, from choosing the yarn, deciding which needles to knit with, to finishing with a scarf to be proud of.

All the methods are carefully introduced with step-by-step instructions including how to hold the needles and yarn and how to actually put stitches on the needle so you can start knitting. All the questions you wanted to ask are answered right here.

Step one...Choose your yarn and needles with the help of video 2. Show us your choices once you've rummaged through your craft supplies or been to the local wool store.

Step two...Cast on with the help of video 3. I'll guide you through putting stitches on the needle so that you can start your project. Show your success with everyone in the project gallery

Step three...Knit your scarf. Continue to create stitches in rows and follow along with me in video 4. As you make progress let us see how you're getting along and ask me any questions here as you go.

Step four...Finish your scarf by removing the stitches from the needles with Casting Off video 5, then complete your project with video 6 to sew in the loose ends of yarn.

You've finished! Show us your finished scarf and the proud owner with photos in the project gallery.

Music used on intro: Far Behind by Silent Partner

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Hannah Gilly

Knit With Hannah


Hannah has been avidly knitting since she was five-years-old. While teaching herself various techniques and styles of knitting she realised how sometimes the written patterns didn't quite suit her needs, so Hannah began writing her own fashion accessories patterns in 2008. She sold the items and gave them as gifts and now sells the patterns.


Always being the one who her friends turn to in times of knitting crises and having taught a few people from scratch, Hannah has begun tutoring professionally and is passionate about securing the art of knitting in everyday life for generations to come.
Teaching online began in March 2017 with a  YouTube Channel and ecourses, here on Skilshare and on the Knit With Hannah website. You can see more of her courses, and get... See full profile

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1. Knit a scarf introduction: Hello and welcome to this beginners net with hand. Of course I'm Hannah. And during this course I'm going to teach you the fundamental components of knitting the very first basic techniques to get you started with this craft. I have been missing for many years. I first picked up the needles when I was five years old and began to design and sell my own range of knitwear accessories in 2000 and eight. For many years, I have had friends come to me for advice and support your in their knitting projects and have long wanted to teach workshops. So I hope you'll enjoy what I put together here for you start with you can see we're going to need a very simple scarf. This more project is ideal for beginners and I'm going to take you through every stage of the process. Step by step. Well, firstly, choose our materials. I will show you how to select your knitting needles. Had to choose your yarn on. Also let you know what other supplies you may need on hand. As we made our way through this car, each school will be taught individually so you can watch each video more than once, if necessary, as if I'm in your home with you. When you pick up your knitting needles over a few days or weeks during this project to start with, as I mentioned, I help you find your materials on. Then a very important step is helping you hold the needles and yarn so you can knit more easily and with a gentle rhythm. We will then cast the stitches onto the NATO. I didn't teach you the knit stitch. I support you. I should make your way through the scuff as we need to finish. You'll learn how to cast off and then finish your scarf. Nuclear So which is ready to wear for many years to come? I do hope this is the course you would like to join before. If you're beginning it, it will be ideal. It's also a great way to remind yourself of the basics dignity. If you've knitted in the past, I need a reminder of the foundation skills. Thank you for watching. I hope you will join me for this project. On that, you will show all the stages of your first begin a scarf in the comments below or on instagram on it with Hannah hashtag it with Hannah 2. Choosing materials for your project: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the second video on our first how to net project on. We're talking about needles to start with because there's a vast array of needles. If you go looking for needles in a world shop, um, let's just talk about a few of them on the Metro. Wants to start with. Um, I would suggest not using that a ones we measure. Ones haven't really bean sold or used for quite a long time. He's actually belonged to my grandmother. Um, on if you do have anything wrong with your hands such as arthritis, maybe couple tunnel or are I Sigh and the rests, Then you will feel the vibrations as your knitting on. That can actually be quite painful. So as nice and colorful and shiny as they are, I would say Avoid them because there are other options out. Um, also, we have plastic which are great for a first nation project, especially for small hands. Look outside of them. I've had those since I was 45 years out on bond. These are perfect. However, if you're doing a large project, they could well snap. If the knitting project. It's quite heavy, so they end up being quite bending. If the Nisshin projects having as well. So, yeah, good idea, especially if it's your first projection. You're using small needles. Um, there's also wouldn't needles out there, which are really nice because they're released. Move their slightly heavier, obviously, and they're great for big projects with them with a lot of needles. Stitches on the's are nine millimeters across, so that would yeah, by all means use words in once, and you can get them in all source. Different scientists. My personal favorite are the bamboo. Once Andi for projects, I use small NATO's simply because I don't want them getting in the way or annoying the person sitting next to me. If I'm on the safe. Maybe, um, on the perfect. If you're commuting as well, you can sit on the train and nepenthes um, these are the ones we're going to be using for this project. Five millimeter needles. Like I said, they're short. There were only about, I don't know, eight inches long. Okay, so they're the needles. I put those aside because we're going to use them. What we also need, of course, is yeah, on yon comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Mr One of the finished DeAngelo you'll find it's not the finest, but it's one of the Finnish certainly wanted to finish that I've knitted within my time. Um, Andi, I do like this kind of young, but it does make a project longer. So if you're starting out, I would say don't it with what's called double knitting go for thicker young. This is a much that beyond its known as, um, chunky or bulky. Andi, you can see what wanted colors you can get in Yonas. Well, um, this is a mixture of colors spun together once it's been died so you can go out and really have a great rummage through what your local war shop may have. Um, because yeah, all the options are there. Andi, this is in between the thinnest and the biggest. What is used for a lot of projects these days. This is Arun or what is known as worst it as well. So we have a cult in one on. We have a soft merino. Well, uh, un obviously that is another thing you have to think about. You have to think about color the thickness. But what is it made off though this is made of a wall on a cotton is ideal for letting babies or finishing for a summer cardigan or jumper? Perhaps. So what we're choosing today with the five millimeters needles is the era. And you can see they're actually tells you on the bull band What size needles you need to use. So there we go. We've got wall and we've got the needles. What will we also need? A pair of scissors full? Um, cutting the young when you finished a needle, A tapestry, no door needle. This has got around it and drop of an appointed end. Andi, just so you know how far you've got unity, some kind of measuring tape. You can use classic runner or something. It doesn't matter if you haven't got all this identical equipment. Just get what you've got on. Go for it. So we've got through all the equipment you need all materials on. Most importantly, for the next video, you will need the five millimeter needles on the barren or worsted wool 3. Casting On: Welcome to the third video. Here we go. Let's get started, Andi, to start off basically, just like I said before we're using I'm Arun wool worsted wool and five millimeter needles . There you go, five millimeter needles. So start off. Take the bull band off of the ball. Andi, it's a good idea to get used to taking the walk from the middle like you saw me just doing . They're just grab a handful were just a few fingers full, and you will eventually just keep pulling. You'll end up with a single strand coming out for middle. It means that you haven't got the wall, um, and the ball rolling all over the place. So that's a good habit to get into, See if you could manage that. And as you go through, you will find the end. Here we go, right there we go. So we need to cast on. And casting on is all about putting the needles, putting the stitches onto the needle and to start itself, we need to slip stitch. Um, you can sit there and fiddle around within, will make a slip stitch like that. However, I've come up with a very canny way of making it. I found this. I don't know in a book or something quite a few years ago now. So hold on to the end of the world on Just place it maybe 10 inches in between your forefinger and your thumb on. Then wind around your second and third finger. First time near the end, near the tips of your fingers. A second time near the knuckle to show you that again. First time near the end of your fingers and second time near the knuckle on. Then with one NATO, you put it underneath the first loop and over the second loop and you pull that out. You now have a ready made slip stitch on your needle. Ready to go? Let me do that one more time. Here we go. You can always rewind the video if you need to wash this again. Of course. So, around the fingers once I'm going enough. Well, there we go around the fingers once on the second time near the knuckle, pick up your needle under the first loop over the second loop and pull that Secondly, true. And you have your slip stitch on your needle Okay, so now we're ready to call storm. And what we also need to learn does is how to held the needles. So you already got one stitch on this news When you hold that in your left hand, there are so many ways to hold the needles I could go on for hours, but let's just do it this way. Get used to it. And then every other project you do this is how I was taught on every project I've done since I was a child has been this way. And it doesn't matter that I don't know all the other ways of holding the noodles. I just do it like this. So hold on to that with your second with your left hand. I'm just let this loose, but of your own so it doesn't get mixed up. Hold there between your fingers as well. No, I'm holding this as if I'm writing with it. So can you just see it? A. That's the second NATO Andi, the young goes around my little finger on. As we go, you'll see what happens next. So I'm first of all, I'm going to put that right. Her needle through the stitch and I hold on to my left hand. Now the young knitting is all about tension. We don't want loose stitches and some tight stitches and some but in between we need just like you would buy something in the shop that's been netted. You really wanted to look neat and tidy all the way through. So keeping the tension regular is a very good idea. And you can do this by keeping that tension in the young around your hands. So again I'll show you just wind around your little finger on then Lech your forefinger index finger, take hold of that tension and use that to move the world around the needle. OK? And you've just seen me there, Pull that stitch through that loop and what do we do? Because we need more stitches on the needle. We actually place that stitch onto the left hand needle as well. So we now have two stitches. We've cast on two stitches. Now for the third stitch, we actually put the needle in between those 1st 2 stitches. We can keep that tension on again, move that will around pull it through and place that stitch on the second NATO they go. We've got three stitches on the NATO. Andi, Right, here we go. Mr That's no unusual. If you're casting on, there you go. I'm pull it true. Place it back on the first needle on Put your next needle in between the stitches. Keep that tension around and pull it through. There we go onto the left hand needle. Now for a scarf for a teddy bear. I'm going to suggest between 10 and 12 stitches because it really just depends on the size of your teddy bear. If you've got a very large teddy bear, then go up to 20 stitches. But it really needn't be that thick. Didn't be that white. You're going to knit with a single stitch that's going to go, um, not really change its shape as you go through. So we have 12345 I'm going to put 12 stitches on my needles that are going to do one more in between the previous two stitches. But attention the around and put it true. And back onto there in between the two stitches around and pull it through. Can you see we're getting quite a rhythm here in between the two stitches around and put it through. Now what I tend to do when I'm casting on so that it is easier is that before I pull this stitch tight, I put the needle through. So then I can give it a bit of a tug and make sure it's taught enough on the left hand NATO . So I've got the the next stitch. We're ready to go. Can you see it up? I put it through on Ben. I create attention on. Here we go again. There we go. Next one. How many stitches have we got now? 123456789 10 11. Right. That's perfect for me to show you one more time. I'm holding that Need doors. If I'm going to write with it, I've got the tension just gently around my little finger underneath the next two fingers. And as the needle goes through here, I used the full finger the index finger to just move that young around the needle. There we go on because that was tighter for difficult to put it through area, we now have 12 stitches we've cast on now. Watch this video many times you need to practice casting on as many times as you need to, because it's not going to be one and done. You may have to do this two or three times before you have the stitches that you want, even stitches. So don't beat yourself up if it goes wrong first time. Like I said, you can watch the video again on dumb and then we're all ready to go. I'll see you on the next video. So here we are. We've put stitches on the needle. We've done the casting on. On in the next video, we will in the knit stitch to knit the scarf. 4. Knitting the Scarf: Hi, everyone. Welcome back. Now it's the fourth video when you see in the teddy bear scarf on bond. In the last video, we put 12 stitches on the NATO, so we are ready to go. Let's start putting some length on this. We've got the width that's create some length, shall we? So how to hold the needles? Let's just double check that same again. No different on this hand, Andi, we're writing and we've got the tension here underneath the next two fingers and we're holding this bit here, ready to move the young with the forefinger. So instead of putting the needle in between the stitches like we did with casting on, we put it through the stitch this time and pretty much to do what is known as the Net stitch. We use a very similar method to the casting on. So we put the on around the needle, and this time we just pool that left hand stitch off of the needle. We now have one stitch on the right hand natal, and as we go for the next stitch, we have to. So the young that were pulling through actually creates a stitch on the right turn NATO put the needle through Put it round full the own round with the right hand on Drop that stitch off the left hand NATO So through move the on round you note, I'm keeping that needle stable in between my thumb on that knuckle. It means that I'm not dropping it while I let her hand go round. It does make it more stable, and it means that actually that you can net faster. I should get used to this method. Um, it just gives you a better grounding, a bit of foundation for knitting. So here we go through the next ditch on, move that finger around, keeping the right turned needle stable with your thumb. There we go and we've got You can see that tension just gently. It's not really talked. Tension is just a gentle tension in that right hand. There we go that six and seven states choose through that stitch again through the stitch around the needle. Andi put it true on Drop it off through the stitch around the Natal. Pull that Luke True on drop that other stitch through around. I'm dropped that stitch. I probably will have to use your forefinger in your left hand to just keep that stitch stable so it doesn't fall off the left hand needle as it's the last one in the road. Just keep it stable, keep it around, put it through. And there you go. You have your last stitch. And remember, that's the slip stitch that can loosen as we've done the cast on. And we've done that. Seccuro. So you may. I need to just pull that a little bit tighter. And there you go. That's a lot neater. We have our first road. That's what it's called every time you go across those stitches is called a row of stitches , so we've knit one grow. Now you move your right hand needle into your left hand, and again we still have that loose threat from when we cast on. So keep that out of the way so that you don't start knitting with it. I get the young ready in your right hand to do our second row, so I'm just keeping that talks and we start again. There we go. One to three, four five, six seven I nine 10 11 12. There we go. That's the second drug. Now it is. I did that quite quickly as a beginner. Knitter is actually good toe watch people knitting faster than you if they have a good rhythm because you get used to seeing that. Andi Amazing Duff. But it is like watching someone cook. I used to watch my mom cook, and it gave me confidence to cook for myself. And when I was old enough, I would help her cook. Andi is the same with this kind of craft. Um, watching someone else is as good as practicing yourself almost because you're visualizing where their hands are going, how they're moving. So most definitely I will sit here and knit a few rows so you could just watch it happen. But let's just do the third row and you can I will talk you through it again. So here we are, through the first stitch again. I have the yarn in my fingers underneath those next to, and I'm keeping the needle stable in my thumb there. So around I'm through, we put the right hand needle through the stitch on the left needle pulled Usher Brown's ampoule that next dish through on drop it off around on. Drop it off for NATO, but that through the left hand stitch, pull the knot year on around, bring it true and drop it off ground on. Drop it off, young through around on. Drop it off the left hand, needle off with their pull that round and drop it off the NATO through around and drop it off the needle through around on. Drop it off the NATO through around on. Drop it off the needle through Drop it off for NATO, we are grabbing. I'm taking hold of this, actually with my farm and my four thing so that I don't lose that stage off the end of the needle. So I'm able to take that next ditch without fear of losing it. There we go. I never to believe your knitting. That may well be loose ditches as you reach the ends. It's just one of those things, and as you go through the whole piece, you'll realize that it's, um, but it's neater than you think it might be. I'm going to sit here on it a couple of rows so you can watch or you can start the video here if you like There we go. So you aim for the lake that you think your teddy best scarf will need to pay? I'm going to aim for between 45 50 centimeters. Um, and you can take us long as you need to do this over a few hours over a few days, even over a few weeks. But just little and often will keep it going, and it will help you fix how? Turn it into your memory. By all means. Come back and watch these videos again on this last and this last one here, if you need to remind yourself every day how to net, and I will come back in the next video and show you how to finish unity. So you started putting the stitches on the needle. That's great on. We've started nish ing even better, so the length is starting to show Onda. We just have to keep knitting, adding more and more to scuff us as time passes on so you can keep coming back and keep reminding yourself on how to net. That's the beauty of videos. You don't just do a workshop over a couple of hours and then forget what? You've let you keep coming back and redo each class s as and when you need to and ask me questions if you have any questions. The beauty of having these projects sitting here with the comments board is that you can ask me questions and I will come back and answer them. So let's see how you get on when you've added the length on, you can come back to the next video on, and we will learn how to take the stitches off of the NATO. 5. Casting Off: Hi, everyone. We're onto the PPA notion. That video now, Andi, what we're going to do is take these stitches off of the needle. Um, without letting it unravel. I'm just gonna show you how long admitted this scarf It is approximately 18 inches, about 46 centimeters, just like I wanted. Um, on. And here we go. I will just explain something technical What we've been doing every time we've met a stitch is doing the knit stitch. There are different types of stitches. The nets ditch creates this lovely, bumpy texture all the way through the knitting that's known as garter stitch texture. So we have a garter stitch scarf. There you are. You could impress everyone with that when you explain what you've just been doing. Um, now we are going to cast off. Don't again. It's very similar to knitting is very similar to casting on a swell. We're going to hold the needles on the on in the same way. Andi, we knit the 1st 2 stitches. There you go. Now, once they're on the right hand needle, we take that first ditch that we knitted and put it over the second. So we've reduced the stitch count by one. I'm very simply, we repeat that away along we reduced the stitch count every time we need another stitch by putting it over the last one. There we go in its and slip that over need to stitch onto the right hand needle on slip, the previous one over the newborn. There we go. So we're taking all of the new, the stitches off the needle safely without losing them or dropping them. I'm without the whole thing, unraveling that a hot slip stitch over the next one. And as we reach the end, we'll have one stitch left on the NATO on What do we do with that? Well, we cut the own so that we don't have that still attached to the pool. We just loosen that stitch and pull that length of yarn through. That's good. So we have finished that is casting off. What I'm going to show in the next video is just finishing off with I'm sewing in these loose ends and then you're done. So that's it. We've taken the stitches off. The need or casting off has been completed on in the next next video would just learn how to finish the scuff neatly so that it's presentable. I'm very well loved for many years to come. 6. Finishing the Teddy Bear Scarf: right Then we're almost finished. Work into the last video. We have just these ends, too. So in. And as I mentioned in the introduction, we are going to use a tapestry needle for this. I hope you can see that the tapestry needle doesn't have a point. It has around it end so that I can I can do that and it doesn't piss. But the important point is that when you're using this on your winding in ends and your sewing in ends, when you're knitting, you don't pierce and tear the stitches that are already there. If you use a pointed needle, then you could well, tear and break on actually caused the stitches to fall apart. That's a good idea. If you can get hold of one to use a thick tapestry needle. Obviously the whole will be large enough to get the yard through on. Then you won't have the point that could well damage the on that you've already knitted up . So I'm just going to threat this nature. And there are many ways you can so in the ends, its pretty generic really. Um, just move it through various stitches. Andi, make sure that It's, um, clear enough from where you finish knitting. Um, I have read books which tell you to do it one way. Tell you to do it another way. It's all very scientific about different ways to do it. But sometimes it will unravel no matter how you do it, and you'll have to just so that ended. And again, There we go. I'm just going to finish that off. You can't really see that, can you? There it is just there. And I may have to come back some day with a NATO and just revisited at and so it in again, it doesn't matter. I will do the same with the other. And basically, you're just weaving it in between stitches but have been knitted. Oh, you can very literally just move the needle in between the cast on edge so that way won't actually be noticed. I haven't got enough length Every guy last use to going to I said yeah, on the cost own edge and not be noticed. And I will snip that. There we go. Teddy Bear has a scuff That's brilliant. Well done. I'm sure your soft toy will be very happy and you could make more scarfs for more of yourself. Choice. Andi, even upgrade it, but more stitches on the needle. Or use thicker young on a larger needles on. You can make scarfs for Children in your life, for yourself from friends. Andi and you will be a scarf master, so just keep going. Keep watching these videos. If you need to remind yourself what you're doing, we can keep knitting together. Show us your photos because we would love to see them. See all of the different scarfs roll of the soft toys around the world. One thing I will say this. If you're knitting for a baby or a young child, use a couple of secure stitches at the back of the scarf to secure it to the back of the soft toys neck and also secure. They're not, too. With a couple of stitches, it will mean that it won't get lost. Of course, the scarf will be safe as well for a baby or a young child to play with, So that's great. We finished. Come back, enjoy may for more knit with Hannah projects, and I'll see you around