Anybody can learn how to knit (from start to finish) in less than an hour with just these two video tutorials. These are the videos that taught me how to knit, and I started off knowing absolutely nothing about knitting. In fact, I’d never even held a pair of knitting needles in my hands before. I was a complete beginner. I’d never watched my grandmother knit (or anyone else, for that matter), so when I say beginner, I mean complete beginner.

1. Every knitting project will require you to “cast on” stitches, so before you do anything, you’ll need to learn how to cast on. This slow motion video tutorial makes it easy for any beginner to learn how to cast on. It’s a good idea to practice casting on a few times before you go straight into knitting. I practiced casting on a dozen times before I moved on, but you don’t have to.

2. Once you have stitches on your needle, you can start knitting. The two main stitches you’ll use in any knitting project are the knit stitch and the purl stitch. While you can complete an entire project using only the knit stitch or only the purl stitch, they can also be combined to create a different look in your projects.

This single video alone includes all the basics that you’ll need to complete a project from start to finish. You’ll learn how to cast on, how to do the “knit stitch”, how to do the “purl stitch,” and how to bind off your stitches. Every knitting project requires you to “bind off” at the end. It’s what closes your stitches and holds the entire project together.

The video starts off showing you how to cast on stitches, although it’s a different method of casting on than what is seen in the first video.

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