You all seem to be experts!

I have been trying to navigate this forum. It seems I am the only one who is an absolute beginner. I have been knitting for about 3 days! I am trying to learn continental knitting and am teaching my children at the same time. I can now knit and purl, cast on and cast off. But my purl is not that smooth yet.

I looked at the list of videos for increasing and decreasing and was overwhelmed! Which method to choose… What I want to do to learn, is to make a square starting with one stitch and increasing gradually, then decreasing gradually until I have only one stitch again. Can anyone help me to know how to do this and which method to use?


Welcome! :balloons:
Decrease: Knit two together is the easiest.
Inc: Depends. (Invisible, eyelet, decorative bumps,etc.)

Welcome waggus. What you would do is CO (I suggest 2 sts) and increase 1 in each st. Then knit a row plain, then inc at both sides every other row. Do that until the edges are the size you want the square to be then you can practices decreases. Another way to do it is CO 3, knit a row, then inc only at the beginning of every row.

Just for practice it doesn’t matter which one you do… do all of them, one at a time. You’ll get practice at knitting and increasing and can decide which one you prefer, either because of how it looks or whether it’s easier for you to do.

You could practice by making Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth. It’s fun to make and useful, as well.

That’s my favourite dishcloth pattern!

I love it, too! It’s addictive. [SIZE=1]but i’m no expert.


i was just looking at that pattern, and how do you do a yarn over? i’ve seen it done like 100 times, but i still dont get it. isnt it like you wrap the yarn around the needle, then keep knitting, and then when you do the next row and you come back to it, you knit it like a regular stitch? :shrug:

Here’s a video showing SKP (slip-knit-pass) and YO (yarn over). Yes, with YO knit just like a regular stitch on the reverse side; the yo stich will look funny almost like you missed the stitch on the previous row.

I am, by no means, an expert on ANYTHING. Welcome to the forum, Waggus.

A YO is exactly like doing a knit stitch, but the needle isn’t inserted into a stitch on the left side. It’s an `air’ stitch…

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Thanks everyone! I watched that youtube video a few times and I think I get it. I will certainly try the dishcloth pattern.

You are all so helpful!

One more quesytion: how did you know I had posted? To find my post I had to click on myself and then view all posts by me. There must be an easier way…

The way I check messages is to click on `New posts’ for the latest ones since I last visited. You get all the posts in all threads in all the boards that way; I just skip over the threads and boards that I’m not interested in. So the later replies to your post kept showing up.


I have just visited your blog and wow your socks are just fab!! I too am a avid sock knitter only learning to use 4 DPN’s needles last year and so far have knitted about 25 pairs.
I think you are way ahead of me! Cute little dog too I have a shih Tzu the same colour and have knitted him a couple of little coats. Well done xx

I would LOVE to learn to knit socks! Is it difficult? How long does one pair take? I hope it’s fun, I have 7 children and I’m sure they will all want some hand-knit socks once I start… I think my 10yodd will be able to learn too if I can.

When I was learning crochet, I made squares to put together into an afghan, but I don’t have enough squares, so I think I’ll do some knitting squares, maybe from that dishcloth site, and it can be my learning-to-knit-and-crochet blanket, that I can look back at and laugh at!