*note: Heidi teaches the way she knits and purls in continental style, using a classic knit technique and a unique continental purl. There are other ways to knit, but this has proven to be the simplest for Heidi and her other students to learn.
Step One: Putting the yarn on your needles
This is called a "cast-on". There are several ways to do this. In this video we learn the most common, which is called the "long-tail cast-on". Practice this as many times as you need to become comfortable...confidence will come after you have done few projects, so don't strive for perfection, just get down the basics...we will review it when we cast-on for the project.
Practice with any size needles and regular yarn-do not use novelty yarns as you begin (please see the tools and supplies video on the pre-course resource page for more information)
Step Two: The Knit Stitch
Making stitches is just a rhythm of inserting your needle through a previous stitch, wrapping new yarn around, and pulling up a new stitch. If you know how to crochet, it is a very similar motion. Go slow, and move on only when you are comfortable to do so...or you get bored with this stitch.
Cast-on 10 to 12 stitches with any size needles and regular yarn to practice the knit stitch-do not use novelty yarns as you begin (please see the tools and supplies video on the pre-course resource page for more information)
Step 3: The Purl Stitch
The purl stitch is worked with the same rhythm as the knit stitch. The difference is where the needle is placed and the yarn is held in front instead of behind. Learning this stitch will allow you to make a fabric that has the classic "knit" look with a flat texture where the vertical rows resemble braids on the "right side" and there are bumps on the "wrong side".
Continue with the yarn and needles you were using to learn the knit stitch to practice the purl stitch.
Practice casting-on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch for as long as you want. All of the Beginner Knitting Courses review these 3 steps and how to Bind-Off (take the project off of the needles). If you don't want to unravel the sample you just made, or want to learn the Bind-Off before starting the project, Click Here.
Need More Help? That's okay, keep watching these videos and practice. You can also contact Heidi and ask her any questions or share your concerns!