Knit: Basics & Beyond

There are perhaps hundreds of places to find learn-to-knit books and videos. Just do a Google search for “Learn to Knit”, and you’ll find plenty! However, the results can be overwhelming. Where do you go to find good quality written materials and videos for learning to knit, or for learning new skills?  Here are some recommendations.

I’ll start with the basics and then move on. There’s a lot of information here, so keep reading!


The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe
The Knitting Answer Book fits right into your project bag.

The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe is in its 2nd edition, and while it is not specifically a learn-to-knit book, it does answer many of the questions you’ll come across as you learn new skills.

Blog Posts & Videos

You can find good free how-to information from various blog posts and videos. The following are ones I’ve made,

Repeats: The Most Misunderstood Thing about Knitting & Crochet Patterns

20 Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Knitting or Crochet Class

Avoid Bumps on the Cast-On Edge blog post and video

How to Avoid Twisted Stitches in Knitting

Crochet Cast-On

Long Tail Cast-On for Right-Handed Knitters

Long Tail Cast-On for Left-Handed Knitters

How to Block Knitting and Crochet

How to Graft Garter Stitch

How to Knit 2 Together

How to SSK

How to Measure Gauge in Garter Stitch

How to SKP

How to Wind Yarn with a Yarn Swift and Ball Winder

How to Wind a Yarn Butterfly

Lifted Increase

How to Knit Garter Stitch Intarsia

How to S2KP (AKA Centered Double Decrease)

Magic Loop Knitting

How to Work Fair Isle or Stranded Knitting

Picking Up Stitches Along a Curved Edge

Intarsia Knitting

How to Knit Short Rows

Cabled Afghan Knit Along
Learn to knit all kinds of cables with my free Creativebug class!




Beyond the Basics

Once you’ve mastered the essentials, you’ll want to move on to refine your techniques a bit.

These books are great:

Here’s a good article about the importance of grist in yarn substitution.

And, of course, there are literally thousands of videos on all kinds of knitting topics. Here are some of the ones I teach on Creativebug: