Co-Op Summer Workshop: Knitting

Overview

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!

 

Needles

You may immediately think of straight knitting needles, but circular needles will be your best friend. Learn more 👇🏽

 

Basics

Learn these 4 fundamental skills of knitting, and you'll have the building blocks to almost every stitch + pattern out there (seriously!).

▸ Cast On  
CO

▸ Bind Off  
BO


▸ Knit Stitch 
K


 Purl Stitch 
P

 


Stitches

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.

Garter*
Stockinette*
Seed*
     
Ribbing*
Linen*
Herringbone
     
Hurdle

 

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 👇🏽

▸  Circular knitting basics

▸  How to Join to knit in the round

▸  How to knit in the round

 


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.

BO bind off
cn cable needle
CO cast on
dpn double-pointed needles
k knit
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
kwise knitwise
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
p purl
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
pwise purlwise
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
sm slip marker
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
yb yarn back
yfwd or yf yarn forward
yon yarn over needle
yrn yarn round needle

For comprehensive list, visit craftyarncouncil.com.


Whoops!

▸ Dropped stitches

▸ Fixing mistakes


Psst...

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.