Beatrice Cable is a knitting historian with a deep knowledge of knitting's cultural and historical significance. She enjoys sharing this knowledge through her writing.
Congratulations on successfully casting on your knitting project! Now that you have your stitches on the needles, it's time to dive into the exciting world of knitting. In this guide, I'll walk you through the next steps to take after casting on, so you can confidently continue your knitting journey.
1. Hold your knitting needles correctly: Before you start knitting, make sure you're holding your needles correctly. Hold one needle in each hand, with the cast-on stitches on the needle in your non-dominant hand. The working yarn should be attached to the last stitch on your right-hand needle.
2. Position your hands: Find a comfortable position for your hands. Many knitters find it helpful to hold the right-hand needle like a pencil, while others prefer to hold it like a knife. Experiment with different grips to find what feels most natural for you.
3. Start knitting: To begin knitting, insert the right-hand needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle from left to right. The right-hand needle should go behind the left-hand needle. Hold the working yarn in your right hand and use it to wrap around the right-hand needle, moving from back to front.
4. Create a new stitch: With the working yarn wrapped around the right-hand needle, use the tip of the right-hand needle to pull the wrapped yarn through the stitch on the left-hand needle. This creates a new stitch on the right-hand needle.
5. Slide the old stitch off: Once you've created a new stitch, slide the old stitch off the left-hand needle. You now have one stitch on your right-hand needle.
6. Repeat: Continue steps 3-5, knitting each stitch from the left-hand needle onto the right-hand needle until you've worked all the stitches. As you knit, you'll notice a row of stitches forming on the right-hand needle.
7. Turning your work: When you reach the end of a row, you'll need to turn your work to start the next row. Hold the needle with the stitches in your non-dominant hand and the empty needle in your dominant hand. Swap the needles so that the needle with the stitches becomes the empty needle, and the empty needle becomes the needle with the stitches.
8. Continue knitting: Repeat steps 3-7, knitting row after row until you've reached the desired length or completed the pattern instructions.
Remember, practice makes perfect! As you continue knitting, you'll become more comfortable with the motions and develop your own rhythm. Don't be discouraged if your stitches don't look perfect at first. With time and practice, your knitting skills will improve.
If you're interested in learning more about knitting techniques, be sure to check out our website, Knit Fluent. We have a wide range of resources, from beginner guides to advanced techniques like intarsia knitting and loom knitting. Whether you prefer knitting or crochet, we've got you covered. Happy knitting!