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Learn to Knit: Increasing and Decreasing

August 28th, 2009

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We’ve created 5 more videos to help you learn to knit and teach others. This round of videos is all about increasing and decreasing. These techniques change the shape of your item, giving your garment a better fit. If you prefer written directions, visit our Learn to Knit page for detailed instructions.

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  • Leah

    Thank you for this learn how to knit videos. It is very helpful to me as a beginner.

  • fireflyd

    I think this is great! you should have more instructional video like this.

  • Joanne Simpson

    Great visual instructions for learning stitches. I find it difficult to translate the written words into the actions required. Please continue with more complex stitches.

  • S. Morton

    I noticed that your instructions show American (British) style knitting, with the yarn held in the right hand and “thrown over” and not European style, with the yarn held on the index finger of the left hand and pulled through. I never found kniting enjoyable until I taught myself the European style. I find it to be more practical, fast, and efficient. I think it would be a good idea to include this style as an alternative.

  • Lorna M. Price

    I’m struggling with the reading of patterns

    Jess Says: Hi, Lorna. Try looking at our “beginner” rated patterns, which use no abbreviations. Then look at “easy” patterns, which have only a few abbreviations. It sometimes helps to write out what the abbreviations mean. For example, if your pattern said k2 p4 k2, you would write out knit 2, purl 4, knit 2. If you have any questions on a specific pattern, please contact our Pattern Support at 800-705-8636. I hope that helps!

  • Gwen Pryor

    Very helpful! I had been having trouble understanding the knit in front and knit in back stitches as well as the slip slip knit stitch. This explains it really well!