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    Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20hey guys it's Ryan in this video I'mgonna be teaching you how to knit I'mgonna go over all of the basics and keepit pretty simple because contrary topopular belief knitting is actuallypretty easy it can seem intimidating atfirst but we're gonna keep it simple soyou can hit the ground running allyou're gonna need is yarn and twoknitting needles and then you're readyWatch at: 00:20 / 00:40to go so getting started first thing weneed to do is we actually need to getthe yarn onto the needles in the firstplace so you want to take the tail endof the yarn the tail end of the yarn isthe end of the yarn and the rest of theyarn is gonna be connected to this ballyou can just kind of let that be andjust pull out enough yarn to beWatch at: 00:40 / 01:00comfortable to work with I always end upwith like a pile of loose yarn here andit sometimes becomes a tangled mess andthat's totally fineso take the tail end of your yarn and wecan put our needles aside for now whatwe're gonna do is we need to make a slipknot on the end of this yarn so to makeWatch at: 01:00 / 01:20a slipknot you want to take the yarnlike this and with the tail end flip itover the part that's connected to therest of the yarn just like this so youmake a little loop here we're gonna taketwo fingers and put it through this looplike this and what we're going to do isgrab the yarn that's connected to theWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40rest of the yarn so this end of the yarnwe're gonna grab it with the two fingersand pull it through this loop that wecreated so if you come up you grab thatpart of the yarn and then just gentlypull everything a little tight but nottoo tight just so it's snug so youWatch at: 01:40 / 02:00should end up with this nice littlenoose here that you can make tighter andloose you're depending on which end ofthe yarn you're pulling on so with thisloop this is actually gonna be yourfirst stitch that you put on yourneedles so take your needle put itthrough the loop that you just made andif you pull the end of the yarn that'sWatch at: 02:00 / 02:20connected to the rest of the yarneverything should gently tighten so theloop is gonna tighten up on the needleand you want to just give everything alittle bit of a tug so it's nice andsnugnot too tight because you're gonna beworking with this we want it to remain alittle loose it's okay if it movesaround a little bit but just make sureWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40that it's closed up on the needle sothis first loop is actually going to bethe first stitch on our project and thenumber of stitches that we put on thisfirst needle is going to determine thewidth of whatever it is you're knittingso if it's a scarf and you have maybeabout 20 or so stitches then you'relooking at a scarf that's gonna be aboutWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00this wide and it'll kind of just growout from there and these needles thatI'm using here are pretty short justbecause they're easy to maneuver for mefor the video but most in any newknitting needles are gonna give you alot of space to create a pretty largeproject to cast on more stitches youdon't need to make another Slipknot it'sactually much easier than that all youWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20have to do is make more loops and we'regonna put those loops onto this needleimportant note that I should havementioned at the beginning also is thatI am right-handed so all of myinstructions are gonna kind of catertowards right-handed people if you're aleft-handed hopefully you can make itwork so it's comfortable for you ormaybe I don't know watch the video in amirror or something but hopefully it'sWatch at: 03:20 / 03:40easy to follow along as well so to getmore stitches onto the needle what we'regoing to do is just gently wrap the yarnaround your index finger like thisyou're holding the yarn in your lefthand wrap the yarn like this and itnaturally is going to create a littleloop around your index finger like thisWatch at: 03:40 / 04:00and what we're gonna do with this loopbecause we're gonna slip it on to thisneedle or we're gonna use the needle andscoop the loop off of our finger so youhave the yarn you kind of turn it alittle bit so it creates a loop and thenjust take the needle and scoop the loopup through the bottom and pull it offWatch at: 04:00 / 04:20like this and then just kind of gentlypull it tight it's not too tight youjust want it to be snug on the needle soto do that again you just wrap the yarnaround your left index finger take theneedle come up through the bottom andscoop the loop off onto the needle justlike that you keep going doing a coupleWatch at: 04:20 / 04:40moreso each one of these is going to makeyour project wider and wider as you goabout this you'll notice that you'reforming a kind of Ridge here where allthe loops are kind of lined up so righthere there's a nice little uniform edgeWatch at: 04:40 / 05:00of where all the loops are kind oflooping over each other you have thisnice little Ridge feel free to spaceeverything out to give yourself moreroom and it's okay if you grab it butjust make sure that that Ridge doesn'tget twisted a lot of times if you'regripping the needle or something thatRidge is going to get twisted around soWatch at: 05:00 / 05:20just make sure that you keep that Ridgeas straight and uniform as possible soyou don't get anything mixed up ortwisted so I've casted on 18 stitchesonto this needle and that's about asWatch at: 05:20 / 05:40much as I can comfortably fit onto thisneedle and I'm gonna kind of space themall out a little bit just so they canhave a nice little room to breathebetween the stitches once you have thenumber of stitches cast it on that youwant what we're going to do is we'regoing to turn the needle around justlike this so we're on the back side ofWatch at: 05:40 / 06:00it so we've got the front here turn itaround here so it's a yarn the tail endof the yarn is on the back or the leftside of the needle and the rest of theyarn here is right at the front of theneedle with your needle in this positionyou can hold on to it with your lefthand it's okay if you touch the stitchesWatch at: 06:00 / 06:20that you just cast it on just make sureyou're not gripping it too tightly so ifanything gets twisted or messed up oranything like that just lightly hold itand now we're going to start knitting sothis is the most complicated part butthis is the bread and butter of knittingI mean this is the actual knitting thatWatch at: 06:20 / 06:40we're gonna do so take your secondneedle that we have and right away we'regonna get into this first loop or thisfirst stitch and we're gonna startknitting this entire row of stitches soto knit this is how you do it so youwant to takeyour first stitch here in the row we'vegot this is the yarn that's connected toWatch at: 06:40 / 07:00the rest of it make sure you're notusing the tail end of the yarn becausethat's not going to give you anything towork with on the front of your needleyou've got the rest of the yarn andyou've got this first stitch here slidethe stitch up to the end of the needleit doesn't need to be too close butdon't worry about it falling off orflying away or anything like that it'sokayand what we're going to do is this we'reWatch at: 07:00 / 07:20going to take you the second needle andtake it through this loop up through thebackside of the left handed needle sotake your needle and put it to the leftside of this first stitch and scoop itthrough the loop along the backside ofWatch at: 07:20 / 07:40the left needle just like this so you'recreating kind of an X with the twoneedles so I'll do that again just realquick so you can see you've got the loophere take the needle take it along theleft side of the loop stick it upthrough the loop and come up along thebackside of the two needles and thenonce you have that X you're going toWatch at: 07:40 / 08:00take the yarn here this is the yarnthat's connected to everything else therest of the ball of yarn and we're goingto loop it around the back right needlejust like this so slip it around theback right needle that's along the backside and pull it not too tight but giveWatch at: 08:00 / 08:20it a nice little tug and it's going tobe pulled between these two needles sobetween the X its gonna come up throughthe middle of them come down here likethrough the bottom and then you're gonnatake the right needle the one that's inthe right hand we're gonna come down andscoop off this remaining loop so comeWatch at: 08:20 / 08:40down through the loop come up along theleft side like this and pull it off theleft needle completely and if you pulleverything a little tight it should lookalright so that isWatch at: 08:40 / 09:00knitting it's kind of crazy it can bereally weird and intimidating and thisdoes not especially since this is justour first row it does not look like wedid anything but I promise you it'sgonna get much clearer and easier as wego along so moving right along we'regonna do the second stitch now so we'veWatch at: 09:00 / 09:20got the second stitch up to the edge ofthis up to the end of this second needleon the Left take the right handed needlecome up through the loop along thebackside so you form a kind of X hereand then take your yarn wrap it aroundWatch at: 09:20 / 09:40the right needle in the back and gothrough the two needles so it's fallingbetween the X and then take your rightneedle go down through that loop andwe're just gonna scoop it off so we'vegot the right needle here you're justgonna go through the loop again andWatch at: 09:40 / 10:00scoop it off like this so one more timeon the third stitch here you go throughthe loop along the backside like thistake your yarn and it's sometimes it'seasy if you pinch I've got my thumb andWatch at: 10:00 / 10:20my middle finger holding the rightneedle as well so part of this is so Ican easily show you but I mean you canhold your needles however is comfortablefor you eventually you'll kind of find away that's works best for you but takethe needle in the right hand wrap itWatch at: 10:20 / 10:40around the back needle there go throughthe two needles and then with the rightneedle scoop off this remaining loopjust like this okay so this is knittingWatch at: 10:40 / 11:00you want to do this to every singlestitch on your row you're going throughthat first loop you're wrapping the yarnaround and then you're going down andlooping pulling off thatOOP off the left needle all knitting isWatch at: 11:00 / 11:20is just a series of loops we'rebasically scooping the loop off the leftneedle wrapping the yarn around takingthe loop off so you're taking the loopoff and in the process you're creatingor adding one new loop onto the loop soit's a bunch of loops basically so youWatch at: 11:20 / 11:40want to do this to the end of the rowhopefully it's clear what you're doingfeel free to pause and yell at me orrewind and watch it again but hopefullythose first examples was clear butyou're just gonna do this to the veryend of the row and eventually you'reWatch at: 11:40 / 12:00gonna have a nice little build up ofrows and once we get a couple more rowsin it'll be a lot more clearer what itis we're actually doing here when youreach the end of the row you'll have onelast stitch so here I am at the end ofWatch at: 12:00 / 12:20the row I've got one last stitch here onmy left handed needle all you do isyou're just gonna knit it just like youdid with the other one so come upthrough the loop along go from the lefthand side go up through the bottom upalong the back side and then wrap theyarn around the needle and scoop theWatch at: 12:20 / 12:40loop off just like you would any of thenormal ones when you're finished withthat row like I just did you can kind ofseparate everything out nice and evenand take a look at what we've doneso we've knit that first the firststitches that we cast it on we've knitWatch at: 12:40 / 13:00those so we've added an extra layer ofloops onto those initial stitches thatwe cast it on so it's slightly thickerit's slightly longer and knitting isjust growing this out so if this is ascarf we're just going to keep repeatingthis over and over again until it growsWatch at: 13:00 / 13:20longer and longer so with that first rowfinished make sure that you have thisnice you knowform edge again if you have a twist orsomething from holding it it's gonnacause you some problems so make surethat you find the edge and all of yourloops are nice and uniform and going inthe same direction you've got this nicehard edge here on the end here whatWatch at: 13:20 / 13:40we're gonna do now is jump right intothe next row so flip your work aroundlike we did before so now you've gotyour working yarn or the yarn that'sconnected to the rest of the ball ofyarn here and this is what we're gonnause make sure you don't use the tailends of the yarn on accident that wouldWatch at: 13:40 / 14:00cause you some problems so we're gonnahold the work again with our left handand we're gonna jump right into this newstitch here that's on the end so onceagain we're gonna do the same exactthing that I showed you before take theright needle put it through the firstWatch at: 14:00 / 14:20loop and come up along the back sidethen take the yarn wrap it around theright needle and it's gonna be pulledthrough the two needles between the Xand then take the right needle and we'regonna scoop this loop off of the leftneedle so come down through the loop andWatch at: 14:20 / 14:40pull it off once again take the rightneedle put it to the left of the loop onyour left needle put it through the loopand come up along the backside to createthe X and then take the yarn wrap itaround at the right needle pull itthrough between the X and scoop off theWatch at: 14:40 / 15:00loop go down and scoop it off and thenas you're going along you can kind ofslowly push the rest of the stitches uptowards the end of the needle thatshould kind of naturally happen but incase it doesn't you can give them alittle nudge but we're doing the exactWatch at: 15:00 / 15:20same thing that I showed you on thefirst row we're just putting the needlethrough wrapping the yarn around goingdown and scooping the yarn off gothrough the loop wrap it aroundand then go down and scoop it off goWatch at: 15:20 / 15:40through along the backside wrap aroundgo down and through the loop sohopefully this is becoming clear to youif this is your first time attempting toknit it can be confusing it can feelWatch at: 15:40 / 16:00very uncomfortable in your hands andlike you might be getting kind of sweatyand then like the needles and the yarnstarts to do that squeaky thing that'slike really uncomfortable but I promiseeventually you'll find a way that's mostcomfortable for you for holding youryarn and holding your needles andeventually you'll just be knitting yourWatch at: 16:00 / 16:19own socks but it's soon I mean this isreally it this is knitting this is allyou really need to know if you want toknit something this video is actually Iguess technically a reboot I guess youcould say of my first video on thischannel or I did a how to knit video andWatch at: 16:19 / 16:40that was back in 2014 so a long time agoand I wanted to do a new video justbecause that video was my first videoand so I kind of didn't know what I wasreally doing and I feel like now I canmaybe explain things a little betterhopefully and that first video had likeWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00an annoying background soundtrack that alot of people didn't like and sohopefully this new video is at leastslightly a better explanation but thecool thing is is that the the techniquedoesn't change I mean I'm showing youthe exact same thing that I showed youin that video from a long time ago soWatch at: 17:00 / 17:20you can go back and watch that video I'mshowing you the exact same pattern ofscooping off the loops and adding newloops to it so when you're finished withthat second row now you can see a littlebit more of what we're doing we've builtWatch at: 17:20 / 17:40up the row a little bit more so we'vegot more stitches we've got two layersof stitches nowand I'm just gonna keep going so I'mgonna flip my work over againso you always want the working yarn orthe yarn that's attached to the ball ofyarn you always want that part of theyarn at the very start of your needle soWatch at: 17:40 / 18:00you can dive right into it and startknitting the third row yeah the thirdrow and I'm going to now do not bealarmed I'm not like super fast knittingI have pressed fast forward and what I'mWatch at: 18:00 / 18:20gonna do is I'm gonna just speed througha couple more rows just so I can growthis out a little bit more and you canget a better idea of what your projectshould look like as you go along so thisis what I have after knitting a few morerows I think I did maybe five or sixWatch at: 18:20 / 18:40more rows here and hopefully this givesyou a clearer picture of what it iswe're doing here so you're basicallybuilding up these rows of loops and youshould have this kind of nice uniformfabric of little bumps that are all inthese nice little rows and it shouldWatch at: 18:40 / 19:00look the same on either side so you'vegot the same pretty much the same lookon either side it's okay obviously ifyou've messed up or if you've got alittle bit of gap here or there evenmine's not perfect here like at thebeginning and on the edges it's not asclean as it totally could be but that'sWatch at: 19:00 / 19:20totally fine it's knitting it's not theend of the world it's supposed to bejust a fun meditative thing that you'redoing really so from here I'm just gonnakeep doing what I was doing I'm going togo right into my rows and keep knittingand making it longer and longer and theWatch at: 19:20 / 19:40more rows you do the more this is gonnagrow out and at least from mine thiscould be a very skinny scarf but itcould be a scarf if I make it longenough so you can do that your otheroption would be to finish it up if youwant to learn how to cast offand actually learn how to get theWatch at: 19:40 / 20:00project off of these needles I've gotanother video up that I'll show youwhere I actually walk you through how tocast off the stitches so how to end theproject you don't just slip the needlesoff obviously there is a certain way ofgetting the project off of your needleso in that video I cover that so feelWatch at: 20:00 / 20:20free to check that out if you want tolearn how to finish up your knittingproject the other option is to learn thesecond stitch in knitting so knitting isbasically two stitches this first stitchthat you've just learned now in thisvideo is called the knit stitch soknitting the second stitch to learningWatch at: 20:20 / 20:40is called the purl stitch pyou r-l andthat stitch is kind of mm not quite theopposite of the knit stitch but it worksthe yarn a different way and when youcombine that purl stitch with the knitWatch at: 20:40 / 21:00stitch you can create different types offabrics so that's how you get like aribbed sweater or how you can makewhat's kind of how you can make cablesor the stockinette stitch that you seein like normal t-shirts and that kind ofthing that is the combination ofknitting and purling so if you want toWatch at: 21:00 / 21:20learn how to do that second stitch it isa little bit more complicated than theknit stitch but it's basically the sameprinciples it's just a differentmovement of the needles if you want tolearn the purl stitch check out thatvideo if you want to learn how to finishcasting off your project check out myvideo on how to cast off your knittingWatch at: 21:20 / 21:40otherwise just keep on knittinguntil this grows into a named enormousscarf hopefully that was helpful and nowyou are a knitting master well on yourway to knitting your own pair of socksor hat remember to Like and subscribe ifyou found this to be particularlyhelpful and also definitely check out myWatch at: 21:40 / 22:00videos that I have that kind of buildoff the basics of knitting if you wantto learn how to knit socks or not I'vegot videos for that too otherwise I willsee you next time