As a beginning knitter, you have a lot to learn. Find it all here. In our Fearless Knitter course, you will learn cast-ons, purling, stockinette stitch, increasing, decreasing, and recognizing and fixing many beginner mistakes. These foundations will enable you to quickly knit more complex projects with confidence.

Video Knitting Course: Easy Norwegian Felted Slippers

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These beginner felted slippers are like a little puzzle – you knit a strip of garter-stitch fabric, pick up and knit a few flaps on the sides, and then seam everything up in an origami-like fashion that magically results in two elfish-looking slippers.

Perfect for beginners and fun for advanced knitters, in this 11-video step-by-step course you'll learn to count rows on Garter stitch with complete confidence, pick up and knit, seam with Mattress stitch, and more.


Video Knitting Course: Fearless Knitter

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Knit-and-purl is fine, but greater things await you! Luckily, it is well within your abilities to improve rapidly and start knitting complicated projects.

Learn to cast on, purl, rib, choose yarn, fix mistakes, read your work, read patterns, increase, decrease, slip stitches, and more in this fundamental course for beginning knitters.


Video Knitting Course: Fix Knitting Mistakes

One of the most important things you can do as a beginning knitter in order to advance quickly is learn to recognize and easily fix your knitting mistakes.

With this short guide to the Top 10 Knitting Mistakes, you'll easily be able to fix and avoid every common beginner knitting mistake.


Video Knitting Course: Mosaic Knitting

Mosaic knitting is a color-knitting technique that’s perfect for beginners. It requires just knit and purl in order to make stunning one-, two-, or many-color designs.

In this short and easy video guide, I walk you through how to create beautiful color knitting projects without learning harder techniques like Fair-Isle knitting.


Live Knitalong: November 2020 Felted Slippers - FREE With Class Purchase

Starts: November 1, 2020   Ends: November 30, 2020   Signups Open: NO
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Knit with us as we create a very easy beginner pair of felted slippers. Knit flat in Garter stitch, the slippers are seamed up and felted.

Sign up here by Oct. 30, 2020 to join this FREE KAL.



Blog Post: Mistake Rib (or Man-Stitch): An Easy, Masculine Scarf, Plus Knitting for Men

Man with chunky mistake-rib scarf holding daughterBy Liat Gat – Founder / Beginner Knitting, Knitting for Men, New Patterns / September 7, 2012 / 92 Comments

In a chunky yarn this is a perfect stitch for a guy’s scarf or sweater, and it’s super-easy – but not boring – to knit. Mistake Rib is a great pattern for beginners to practice recognizing knit and purl stitches.

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Blog Post: What Is Mosaic Knitting? An Introduction to Color-Knitting’s Best Kept Secret

Welsh Blanket Boomerangby Susan AshcroftBy Liat Gat – Founder / Beginner Knitting, Mosaic Knitting / March 22, 2015 / 51 Comments

Mosaic knitting is a beginner technique that make advanced-looking color designs simple. To get you inspired, here are a range of Mosaic knitting projects from beginner to advanced. Invented by prolific designer Barbara Walker in the 1970’s.

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Blog Post: The Magic Of A Plain Garter-Stitch Scarf

By Liat Gat – Founder / Beginner Knitting, Knitting for Men, Learn to Knit / October 28, 2010 / 26 Comments

On the plane to New York City, the most gorgeous guy sat next to me. When he asked, “What are you knitting?” I explained that this was a beginner scarf and that anyone can learn to knit. It took him about five minutes to say, “Okay, so show me.”

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Blog Post: Tree of Techniques Beginner: A Step-by-Step Roadmap to Knitting Success

By Liat Gat – Founder / Beginner Knitting, Tree of Techniques / November 2, 2014 / 16 Comments

All beginning knitters should know 4 basic skills: How to knit and purl, recognize knit and purl stitches, read beginner knitting patterns, and fix beginner mistakes. Here are the videos and patterns you need to get started.

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Blog Post: Common Beginner Mistake: Forgetting to Move Your Yarn

Seed stitch mistake - funky stitchesBy Liat Gat – Founder / Beginner Knitting, Fix Knitting Mistakes / July 20, 2020 / 13 Comments

Recently, a beginning knitter wrote me asking about the confusing mess of yarn on her stitches. Simply put, she had forgotten to move the yarn to the front for purling and to the back for knitting.

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Blog Post: FREE Learn to Knit Video E-Book

By Liat Gat – Founder / Beginner Knitting, Learn to Knit / October 2, 2010 / 2 Comments

Announcing our free Learn-to-Knit video class. This class is free for subscribers to KnitFreedom. It contains 10 easy-to-follow, close-up, high-quality videos showing you everything you need to know to knit your first scarf, plus avoid beginner knitting mistakes.

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Blog Post: “30% Off Everything” Sale and Announcing the Brand-New E-Book “Intermediate Scarves and Stitches”

Intermediate Scarves and Stitches Video E-Book - gift-wrappedBy Liat Gat – Founder / Beginner Knitting, News / December 18, 2011 / 2 Comments

Now known as “Fearless Knitter,” this class was originally called “Intermediate Scarves and Stitches.” It is targeted towards beginning knitters who need foundational skills before moving on to knitting in the round and complex colorwork.

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Beginner Knitting Illustration: Tree of Techniques

The “Tree of Techniques” is a way of visualizing your path as a knitter as you progress from beginner to intermediate to advanced. Starting with simple scarves and dishcloths, you’ll then knit hats and socks, before proceeding to custom sweaters, lace, moebius, color-knitting, and designing your own patterns.


Beginner Knitting Abbreviations

LYS – Local Yarn Store


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Beginner Knitting: 5 Keys for Success

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As a beginning knitter seeking to knit beautiful projects, you will soon get stuck without the proper foundations. Learning to read knitting patterns, recognizing your stitches, and losing the fear of making mistakes are key to growing as a knitter and breaking out of beginner knitting.


Selecting Yarn for Beginner Projects

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Selecting Needles for Beginner Projects

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The Long-Tail Cast-On

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Estimating How Much Tail You’ll Need

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Refresher – A Quick Long-Tail Cast-On Video

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Preparation: 1 Row of Knitting

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How to Do the Purl Stitch

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Forgetting to Put the Yarn In Front – Purl Stitch Troubleshooting

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Wrapping the Yarn Around the Needles the Wrong Way – Purl Stitch Troubleshooting

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Examining Garter Stitch

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How to Do Ribbing

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Examining Ribbing

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Reading Your Work – Ribbing

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Removing Stitches One By One – Fix Ribbing Mistakes

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Forgot to Move the Yarn from Front to Back – Ribbing

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Knitted or Purled in the Wrong Spot

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Knitted Past a Wrong Stitch

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Accidentally Going the Wrong Way – Ribbing

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Count Stitches by Fives – Fearless Knitter

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Fixing a Dropped Stitch – Four Ways

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Fixing a Dropped Stitch Far Down

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Check Your Tension

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Bind Off in Pattern

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Beginner Knitting – Weave in Ends on 1×1 Rib

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Switching Colors and Carrying Yarn

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How to Increase (CO and First Rows) – Dishcloth

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Dishcloth – Examining First Rows

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Taking Out Rows in Knitting

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Put Stitches Back on the Needles the Right Way

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How to Decrease – K2TOG – Dishcloth

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How to Do Stockinette Stitch – St St

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How to Make a Gauge Swatch, Check Gauge, and Adjust Needle Size to Get Gauge

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How to check your gauge on flat knitting, tips for marking your gauge swatch with knots in the tail to remember what size needles you used, and how to know whether to increase or decrease needle size.


Frog Dishcloth – First Rows

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Frog Dishcloth – First Pattern Rows

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Frog Dishcloth – Recognize Where You Are in the Row

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Weaving in Ends on Stockinette Stitch

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How to Slip Stitches – Aubergine Dreams Scarf

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First Rows – Aubergine Dreams Scarf

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How to Fix Advanced Knit and Purl Mistakes

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First Rows of Mistake-Rib Scarf

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If You Get Lost in the Pattern – Mistake Rib

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If Stitches Don’t Line Up Right – Mistake Rib

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How to Do Seed Stitch

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Adding Seed Stitch into Your Dishcloth

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Decreasing on Seed Stitch

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Slip Edge Stitches – Prep Blanket Squares

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Zig-Zag Lace – Beginning Lace

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This is a beginner lace pattern that you can use to learn easy lace knitting. It makes a lovely zigzag pattern, just with yarnovers and knit-two-togethers.


Add a Border to Your Squares

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Seam Squares With a Crochet Hook

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Mattress Stitch

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Recommended Notion: Knit Chek Gauge-Checker by Susan Bates

Susan Bates Knit-Chek Gauge Checker

A gauge-checker is essential for ensuring your knit projects come out the right size. Make a small swatch (or a big one, if you’re a perfectionist), block it, and lay the gauge-checker over the stitches. Count how many stitches are in 2 inches and divide by two. That’s your gauge.

Buy Knit Chek Gauge-Checker online


Recommended Book: Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl by Erika Knight (editor)

Interweave Press has put together a gorgeous stitch-pattern book that you can use to add pattern and texture to anything you are knitting.

You’ll get really good at reading a pattern and recognizing what your stitches look like if you experiment with the stitch-patterns in this book.

Buy Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl online


Recommended Book: Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller

I recommend this book to anyone just starting out knitting, because it contains a funny and thorough introduction to knitting. It also contains a variety of hip and fun beginner projects that you’ll actually want to knit, which is more than I can say for most beginner how-to books.

Buy Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook online


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