Step-By-Step Instructions for Learning to Knit
with Bonus Tips for Crocheters Who Want to Become BiCrafty
Welcome to a brand new knitting school for crocheters. This is a series of lessons in learning how to knit from the ground up. Of course, anyone can use these lessons to learn knitting. However, it’s particularly geared towards crocheters who are ready to pick up some needles and become bicrafty. These knitting lessons for crocheters build on what you already know about yarn to give you a jumpstart on learning how to knit.
Week-by-week we’ll work together to develop and build on foundational knitting skills, creating a sampler scarf as we go. You’ll get knitting lessons for crocheters, including video tutorials. Additionally, you’ll get tips, suggestions, and thoughts from the two Marly Bird team members who will learn to knit alongside you. All of the lessons will be free online – released here weekly with supplemental YouTube videos and biweekly live shares on social media. Therefore, you can work along with us or you can use this set of knitting lessons whenever you are ready. That said, we hope you’ll join us as we learn! It all starts here 3/31/21. SIGN UP FREE RIGHT NOW.
Finally, we’re excited to have teamed up with some of the best knitting names in the industry – Signature Needle Arts, Jimmy Beans Wool, ChiaoGoo, Prym and Erin.Lane Bags just to get us started. We can’t wait to show you all they have to offer you as you foray into the world of knitting.
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What Is The Knitting Lessons for Crocheters Series?
BiCrafty Bootcamp: Beginner Knitting Lessons for Crocheters is a series of lessons for learning how to knit from the ground up. However, it will also emphasize “tricks for crocheters” to help people who crochet learn to knit quickly. Here are some of the important details:
- Each week you’ll find a new blog post sharing the next step in learning how to knit. We’ll start from the ground up and build upon that foundation with new skills each week. (As you’ll see, each new blog post will be linked in the schedule at the end of this post.)
- The blog posts will also include video tutorials and written instructions for that week’s lessons in learning how to knit.
- Each post will also include special “crocheter’s edge” insights that will help enhance the knitting education for crocheters. This emphasizes how what you already know can help you in your knitting lessons for crocheters.
- The posts will also link to relevant Marly Bird patterns and tutorials for further expansion on the skills for that week’s lesson. If you want to take off on your own and expand your knitting skills, you’ll be able to do so.
- Once a month throughout this set of lessons (which will carry through Spring and Summer), we’ll add a blog post in which we check in with the team. Learn more about the team below.
- Moreover, two team members will share their journey of learning how to knit via social media live chats every other week on Facebook and/or Instagram. This will be time when you can stitch along with us, ask questions, and interact with the group.
- Together, we’ll create a stitch sampler scarf designed by Marly Bird specifically for this knitting school.
Meet the Team
Obviously, this is a Marly Bird project. I love being a bicrafty designer, bringing together the sometimes disparate worlds of knitting and crochet. I teach a wide variety of different classes in both crafts for varied skill levels. Many crocheters express the desire to learn how to knit; this is your chance.
Of course, even if you don’t know how to crochet, you can still use these knitting lessons for crocheters to learn how to knit. However, we’ll emphasize how crocheters can take the skills they already have and apply them to simplifying the process of learning to knit. To that end, we have two crocheters on the team who will learn to knit along with this series.
Kathryn is this blog’s content director. Her particular niche is using crochet to heal through mental and physical health challenges. To that end you’ve seen some of her related posts on this site about crochet for healing. She’s the author of Crochet Saved My Life and Hook to Heal, among other titles. These books explore ways to use yarn crafting for healing.
She’s known for years and that knitting offers many of the same benefits as crochet but wants to see for herself how that works for her. Although she’s picked up knitting needles in the past, she’s a virtual beginner to the world of knitting. If you’ve never knit before, you’re in the same boat as Kathryn. You’ll work side-by-side on this journey to pick up the knitting lessons for crocheters. And you’ll get her insights into the healing benefits of knitting and crochet as you craft with her.
Cryssi is my admin assistant who helps me with all of the behind-the-scenes logistics of running a bicrafty designer business. Here’s what she has to share about her participation in the BiCrafty Boot Camp: Beginner Knitting Lessons for Crocheters.
Beginning to Love Yarn at a Young Age
“My love of yarn really goes back to 1994, my 9th birthday. That year, my great aunt gave me my first crocheted afghan. The colors, the texture, the comfort of snuggling under something made especially for me – it was something I instantly loved. I was always a creative child; I loved writing, drawing, painting, etc., and this seemed to be another outlet for that creativity. So, my great aunt began to teach me, and I mastered the chain stitch. I made chains upon chains and I would dangle them from the four corners of my canopy bed. But, I was 9, and the next concepts of crochet were frustrating and I put down my hook.
Fast forward to 2009 when my now-husband took me home to meet his family for Thanksgiving and my now-mother-in-law encouraged me to pick my hook back up. She and my husband’s aunt spent many patient hours teaching me how to crochet granny squares. It took me almost 2 years to finish that first blanket, but when I did, I was “hooked”. I instantly ran out to buy more yarn to start a new blanket and have not put my hook down since.
I rarely go a single day without crocheting. It has been a comfort during some really hard days and the most amazing creative outlet I’ve ever had. In 2013, when my great aunt was really sick, she was housebound and decided to pick up her hook again after many years. It was a tremendous blessing for me to go to her house every Saturday for weeks and “re-teach” her how to crochet. When she died a few months later, her last project was left unfinished and I was able to finish it for her. What a beautiful circle of life moment that was for me.
Ready to Knit
I have been interested in really learning to knit for years. I did learn how to knit and purl about 5 years ago, but I never actually made anything or developed those skills into anything. I’m really excited for this series and can’t wait to share my successes and big fat failures with you all.”
Cryssi and Kathryn will be going live on social media every other week starting April 1, 2021. You can join them for knitting and chatting about anything related to the BiCrafty Boot Camp: Knitting Lessons for Crocheters.
Meg provides social media support and blog roundups here on the Marly Bird team. She is an experienced knitter and crocheter who has taught classes in the crafts. Her role in the Knitting Lessons for Crocheters series is as behind-the-scenes support. She’ll help Kathryn and Cryssi with their questions, show them tricks they already know as crocheters to improve their knitting, and help Marly answer their technical questions.
Each post also includes “knitters’ tips for crocheters” – hints for the times when crochet doesn’t exactly help you learn knitting. For example, in crochet, you can put down your work at any time and easily come back to it whenever you feel like it. Experienced knitters know that this is a bad idea in knitting because you are likely to drop stitches and make a big mess if you don’t finish off the row you’re on. Many of these tips throughout the series are coming directly from Meg.
BiCrafty Bootcamp Sponsors and Supplies
We’ve teamed up with some of the top names in the knitting world – Signature Needle Arts, ChiaoGoo, Jimmy Beans Wool, and Erin Lane Bags. We are so lucky to have this amazing support in developing this series of Knitting Lessons for Crocheters. And we can’t wait to show you all of the terrific tools that they have for knitters.
We’ll show you a variety of different options from each of these companies throughout the following lessons as you figure out which knitting supplies are the right ones for you. You’ll also want to check out our complete beginners guide to knitting needles. Our sponsors for the BiCrafty Boot Camp: Beginner Knitting Lessons for Crocheters include:
We will begin the series working with knitting needles from Signature Needle Arts. This company started when a knitter who also happened to be “President of Bothe Associates Inc., a family-owned precision machine shop, that makes custom metal components” got frustrated with her knitting needles. She wanted sharper points. So, she created them. And the Stiletto Point needle was born, becoming the signature of a brand that grew into many other tools. Signature Needle Arts also sells some brands of luxury yarn including Malabrigo, Sincere Sheep, and Dirty Water Dyeworks.
We will also introduce you to knitting needles from ChiaoGoo. They “offer a complete line of bamboo/wood or stainless steel Single Points, Double Points, Circulars” as well as crochet hooks. In fact, crocheters might already be familiar with the brand, particularly if they’ve ever delved into Tunisian crochet. This family-owned business is run by four brothers who were born and raised in Linan, China, known as the country’s Bamboo Capital. Their grandfather was a bamboo craftsman. Their mother was a knitter. Together, they came up with the inspired needles as well as the ChiaoGoo name, given for Mom, which translates to “highly skillful and crafty lady.”
You might already be familiar with Jimmy Beans Wool because of their yarn. In addition to the other yarn that they sell, they adopted the beautiful Madelinetosh brand in 2019. But they’re not just known for yarn; they’re known for all things knitting and many things crochet. They currently sell over 100 varieties of knitting needles and crochet hooks, with an emphasis on knitting. This family business started as a husband-and-wife project and has grown into a huge warehouse space, retail store, and online presence. Plus they offer the awesome Beans for Brains college scholarship.
Prym is a small business that offers knitting needles and crochet hooks. Their products have an ergonomic design, which is a great option for people with arthritis and other hand difficulties. The tips of their knitting needles have a unique teardrop shape that makes it easier to avoid splitting yarn, pick up your stitches comfortably, and keep those stitches on the needle.
While you don’t need a lot of knitting needles to start with (check out our beginner knitters supply list), you know how these things go … the further along you get with your knitting lessons for crocheters, the more tools you’re naturally going to desire. Therefore, you’ll want to start off right away with a good organizational system. Erin.Lane offers some of our favorite knitting project bags. And this is another great family business.
Materials You’ll Need to Begin
Although chances are that you’ll want to get some of those terrific knitting needles from our sponsors, you can start small if you’re just dipping a toe in the water of learning how to knit. Here’s what you’ll definitely want to make sure you get as you start this series:
You can get really overwhelmed trying to choose the right knitting needles because there are so many out there! But don’t fret. Just because you have a lot of options doesn’t mean you need to start with everything. First of all, check out our Ultimate Guide to Knitting Needles, which we created with crocheters in mind.
For starting out with us, we recommend that you get 5 mm US 8 circular knitting needles with a 24″ cable. You might want to try a couple different brands, which is exactly what the newbies on our team doing.
Our team members will work with Marly’s own yarn line – Chic Sheep. They’ll each start with three balls each of three different colors. Week by week, as they add skills to their knitters toolbox, they’ll also use this yarn to add rows onto their sampler scarf.
We recommend you start with something similar. Chic Sheep is 100% merino wool in #4 worsted weight. Just like when you’re starting out with crochet, you might want to choose lighter colors where it’s easier to see (and count) your stitches.
Note, if you use a yarn that’s different than Chic Sheep, check the label for the right knitting needle size to use. The recommended 5 mm US 8 needles are for Chic Sheep. Need to learn more about yarn weights and the needles that go with them? Check out our yarn weight chart which includes recommended yarns for each weight.
Schedule of Knitting Lessons for Crocheters
This is an ongoing set of knitting lessons for crocheters, starting from the ground up. Here is the schedule for the first few months of this project: ENLIST IN BICRAFTY BOOTCAMP RIGHT NOW FOR FREE.
- March 31, 2021: Getting started with knitting basics. Crocheters already know the slip knot. We’ll learn how to cast on with videos for long-tail cast on as well as knit cast on.
- BONUS MATERIAL: Ultimate Guide to Knitting Needles for Beginners and I’m New To Knitting: What Are The Best Needles For Beginners?
- April 7, 2021: Knitting Basics Parts 2. We’ll Continue to practice knit stitch. Learn garter stitch. Learn basic bind off. VIDEO for how to knit garter stitch.
- April 14, 2021: Knitting Basics Part 3. We’ll learn purl stitch and stockinette stitch. Stockinette Stitch Video Tutorial Here.
- April 21, 2021: How to Knit Stripes. We’ll also learn how to weave in ends, which crocheters already have a grasp on.
- April 28, 2021: Learn How to Knit Ribbing. We’ll work on 2×2 knit ribbing. VIDEO for how to change colors, weave in and bury ends, knit 2×2 ribbing and bind off in pattern.
- May 5, 2021: How to Knit 1×1 Ribbing in the Round. This week’s VIDEO covers how to work in the round, your different options for needles, and how to do this ribbing for our cowl project.
- May 12, 2021: How to Knit Seed Stitch (in the round). Watch the video.
- May 19, 2021: How to Knit Double Moss Stitch in the Round. Plus extra credit: how to knit slip stitch. Watch the video.
- May 26, 2021: Knit Sampler Stitch Cowl in the Round continued. How to Knit Seersucker stitch and Long Slip Textured stitch. This week’s VIDEO covers how to work these two stitches
- June 2, 2021: Knit Sampler Stitch Cowl in the Round continued. Watch the VIDEO HERE.
- June 9, 2021: Begin Knit Sampler Stitch Hat in the Round to Complement Cowl. VIDEO HERE.
- June 16, 2021: Knit Hat: Latvian Braid. Watch the VIDEO HERE.
- June 17, 2021: Knit Hat: Stranded Knitting. Watch the VIDEO HERE.
- June 23, 2021: Knit Hat: Triangle Lace. Watch the VIDEO HERE.
- June 30, 2021: Knit Hat: How to Knit Cables and Finish Your Hat on DPNs. Watch the VIDEO HERE.
- July 14, 2021: How to Knit Mittens: Part 1 – Lacy Arrow Stitch Cuff. Watch the VIDEO HERE.
- July 21, 2021: Knit Mittens Part 2: Latvian Braid, picking up stitches, thumb gusset. Watch the VIDEO HERE.
- July 28, 2021: Knit Mittens Part 3: Duplicate stitch, shaping mitten top, kitchener stitch. Watch the VIDEO HERE.
Schedule of Social Media Live and Team Check-Ins
Join us every Wednesday at 9 am PT/ noon ET for a lunchtime live lesson. Note: sometimes we have to change the time to accommodate our changing schedules. The Facebook page has the latest announcements. We’ll cover BiCrafty Boot Camp’s homework and lessons for the week while also chatting about where the team is at in their knitting journey. Where can you find us? Join the Marly Minion’s Facebook Group. See the Live Tutorials on YouTube.
The video from our first Facebook Live (4/1/21) is now available to watch on YouTube.
Moreover, we’ll have monthly blog posts rounding up what we’ve learned. These will include additional tips and tricks, links to videos and patterns, and more info to supplement what you’re already learning in the Knitting Lessons for Crocheters. Find those posts here on the blog the first Friday of each month beginning Friday April, 2, 2021.
(UPDATED) BiCrafty Bootcamp Knit Patterns
Each week we will put our new skills to use. We originally thought that we would make a knit sampler scarf throughout the whole season of BiCrafty Boot Camp. However, I truly believe that in order to see that you’re making progress with knitting, you need some instant gratification projects.
Moreover, we want to show you all of the different needles that our sponsors have to share with you. You don’t want to change needles in the middle of a project unless the pattern calls for it. Therefore, we decided that we’ll offer you quick projects along the way that you can begin creating with the skills you’ve learned to date. And by Lesson 2, you’ll already know enough to knit your first dishcloth!
By the end of Month One, you’re able to knit one dishcloth, four mug rugs, and a coffee sleeve.
In Month Two, you’re working on a knit sampler stitch cowl worked in the round. Here’s the Ravelry pattern for the cowl.
You’ll follow that in Month Three with a complementary hat, which will allow you to learn shaping and working with DPNs.
Then you’ll learn how to make mittens to complete that set.