In this tutorial you will learn two different stitches, knit and purl. You’ll learn them by ‘doing’ – by making the brim of your hat!
Making Stitches – knitting and purling
Knitting and purling are two ways of making loops: in knitting, you pull the yarn from the back to the front, and in purling you pull it from the front to the back. They are the reverse of each other. The video shows you how to do them – but if that kind of learning doesn’t work for you I’d recommend getting Rosie Fletcher’s book You Will Be Able to Knit By the End of This Book, which contains loads of really clear diagrams. And, of course, please feel free to message me or comment below, and I’ll do my best to help you and/or suggest other resources.
The video shows you how to join your stitches to work in the round, how to knit and purl, and how to keep knitting and purling to make your brim. There is also a short section on what happens if you drop stitches.
The length of the brim is up to you – whatever you’d like your hat to be. We’re doing this – rather than instructions that say ‘knit for 10 rows’, so hat you feel ownership of the process from the very beginning. You know why you’re doing what you’re doing, and, right from the start, you’re thinking about how to make sure it suits you. My brim is about 3cm tall and that’s how I like it – but you could make a shorter one or a longer one, totally fine.
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