Co-Op Summer Workshop: Knitting
I learned how to crochet before I learned how to knit, and I distinctly remember having such FOMO every time I saw a beautiful knit piece (usually in the form of sweaters or hats while out shopping) that I knew I lacked the skill to recreate. I'd run my fingers over the fine texture, admire it's perfect drape, and note how effortlessly it stretched and went back to it's original shape. *Sigh*
In this month's Summer Workshop, we're going to pick up the skills to enjoy a whole new collection of patterns! And this doesn't mean we toss crochet to the wind, it just means we now have options.
Below, I've curated the tutorials you'll need (plus a few bonus stitches!) to pull off the pattern deliveries this month.
Let's get started!
You may immediately think of straight knitting needles, but circular needles will be your best friend. Learn more 👇🏽
Learn these 4 fundamental skills of knitting, and you'll have the building blocks to almost every stitch + pattern out there (seriously!).
▸ Cast On
▸ Bind Off
Feeling confident in your knits + purls?! Let's mix + match them to swatch some beautiful textures. This will allow you to get your hands busy, learn a bit, make a few mistakes, and build your confidence before we dive into actual patterns.
I've listed stitches in no particular order, though the garter stitch + stockinette stitch are good places to start. Any stitch marked with a * indicates that you'll use this particular stitch in a delivery later this month!
Swatch photos c/o @twoofwands + @woolandthegang.
Working in the round
Just as crochet patterns are worked in either rows or rounds, you'll find the same in knitting. There won't be any chaining or turning between rounds, so it'll feel most like a continuous round in crochet.
Reference these videos when you're ready to dive in 👇🏽
Reading the Pattern
In addition to the standard crochet terms that you're already familiar with (yo, rep, rem, ws, rs, sk, tog, etc.), you'll find the following abbreviations in knitting patterns.
|k1B||knit stitch in row below|
|kfb||knit 1 into front and back of a stitch; single knit increase|
|ksp||knit 1 stitch, slip this stitch from right needle to left needle, pass second stitch on left needle over first stitch and off left needle; return stitch to right needle; single right-leaning decrease|
|k2tog||knit 2 stitches together; single right-leaning decrease|
|M1 or M1K||make one stitch knitwise; single knit increase|
|M1R||make one right; single right-leaning knit increase|
|M1L||make one left; single left-leaning knit increase|
|M1p||make one purlwise; single purl increase|
|M1rp||make one right purlwise; single right-leaning purl increase|
|M1lp||make one left purlwise; single left-leaning purl increase|
|pfb||purl 1 into front and back of a stitch; single purl increase|
|p2tog||purl 2 stitches together; single decrease|
|psso||pass slipped stitch over|
|p2sso||pass 2 slipped stitches over|
|rev St st||reverse stockinette stitch|
|SKP||slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass slip stitch over knit stitch; single left-leaning decrease|
|SK2P||slip 1 knitwise, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over knit 2 together; double left-leaning decrease|
|sl1k||slip 1 knitwise|
|sl1p||slip 1 purlwise|
|ssk||slip 2 stitches knitwise, knit these 2 stitches together through back loops; single left-leaning decrease|
|S2KP2 or S2KP||slip 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit 1, pass 2 slipped stitches over knit stitch; centered double decrease|
|St st||stockinette stitch|
|tbl||through back loop|
|tfl||through front loop|
|w&t||wrap and turn|
|wyib||with yarn in back|
|wyif||with yarn in front|
|yfwd or yf||yarn forward|
|yon||yarn over needle|
|yrn||yarn round needle|
For comprehensive list, visit craftyarncouncil.com.
Admittedly, I felt so clunky when I first started knitting and had an especially hard time getting used to holding the yarn in my right hand. By crochet habit, I picked it up with my left hand one time and immediately found my stride. Turns out, this method has an actual name: continental knitting. So, if your crochet roots make that right-hand hold uncomfortable, know that you have options.