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Learn to knit: Six free videos

May 26, 2017

Like a lot of knitters, my grandmother taught me how to knit when I was little. I dabbled with it for a while and then forgot about it until I saw a friend making a scarf in chunky yarn about 12 years ago.

Picking up the needles again seemed like a good idea, but when it came time to cast on I couldn't remember what to do!

If someone you know wants to learn how to knit, these step-by-step videos from Designer Yarns are just the ticket.

Filmed with up-and-coming designer Emma Wright, they cover the basics of casting on and casting off, knit stitch, purl stitch, basic cabling and fixing simple mistakes.

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Each one is completely free and can be watched via the Designer Yarns website or on the Designer Yarns Vimeo channel.

I was really pleased to see the inclusion of Continental style knitting in the learn to knit and learn to purl videos. I switched to Continental knitting about five years ago. I kept getting RSI and realised that the tense way I held my hands when making purls was part of the problem.

Learning to knit Continental not only solved the problem, it made me a much quicker knitter too, and, as Emma says, it's brilliant for colourwork. So even if you're already a whizz at British-style knitting, why not check out the videos and give Continental style a go?

You'll find it takes a while before you get an even tension in a new type of knitting but it's totally worth having a go, particularly if you get sore wrists if you knit for a long time.

Of course, it's great if you have a friend or family member who can teach you to knit, but when you're battling a particular technique late at night while bingeing on Netflix (check out the knitwear on Shetland!) videos are such a fantastic tool.

You can find out more about Emma and her beautiful designs over on her dedicated website. There are even some behind-the-scenes pics from the video shoot!

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