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Earth Day Ideas – Crafts and DIYs

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Earth Day Up Cycles

Hand Knit Rag Rug – by Nemcsok Farms

This upcycle was truly one of the most interesting projects I have taken on so far.  You can create your own also – just find an old bedsheet, and follow along with the tutorial.  

Globe Upcycle – by My Sister’s Suitcase

I have to say, I prefer a globe that looks like a globe.  Now that that is out of the way – this is a great way to decorate a thrift store or garage sale find of a damaged globe.  Plus – the way this one is done, is very earth day appealing.

Bottle Cap Flower – by Crafts by Amanda

How many of us fidget relentlessly with the bottle caps that come off the tops of our beverages?  Doesn’t this piece of garden art just give you total piece of mind?

Owl Craft Project – by Empress of Dirt

A stunning way to upcycle cardboard!  Anything owl-y automatically ranks as a fave around here – add an up cycle to the mix, and I’m totally sold!

Earth Day DIYs

DIY Tooth Brush Holder – by Shaken Together Life

Eliminate the toothbrush pileup that can result from a busy household!  Also, the theme of the toothbrush holder adds a gentle reminder to be mindful of the water waste at the sink!

 

Recycle Bin Labels – by Lia Griffith

Lovely, practical and printable.  A wonderful way to add a little character and a lot of style to your rubbish and recycling bins!

Cottage Chic Herb Garden – by the Gardening Cook

You really can’t go wrong with a DIY herb garden – and this one is cottage chic done in mason jars.  Keep your favourite fresh herbs at the ready, and make Mother Nature proud.

 

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Earth Day Crafts

Globe Garland – by Poppy Talk

Origami projects are always a fun way to craft the day away, and when you can put this super fun earth day spin on it – well I am all for it!

Glass Globe Terrarium – by Stephanie Lynn

Not only perfect for Earth Day – these would also make pretty awesome DIY gifts for pretty much any person, and for any occasion.

Book Page Wreath – by the Gunny Sack

Stop. The. Press. I can not with any level of sincerity and good conscience suggest or support doing this to a book – but I can and wholly suggest doing it with other paper you can recycle – such as newspaper or old magazines.  

 

 

 

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

 

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Best DIY Craft Projects on the Farm

Easy Handmade Trivets Make the Perfect Kitchen Accessories to DIY

It’s getting to be about that time when we all start itching to get our craft on. Summer is half over, kids are heading back to school, and after the glorious down time of summer, it will soon be time to create.

I’ve put together a list of our favourites here – each one is totally doable, and will result in something useful

Best DIY Craft Projects on the Farm

Best Eco Friendly, Up Cycled, Beautiful, Useful and Totally Doable Best DIY Craft Projects for the farm

For the Doorway

Let’s start with our Hand Knit Rag Rug – made with an up-cycled bed sheet! I’m still super pleased with how this turned out

DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet and some of the Best DIY Craft Projects

 

For the Door Itself

You may recall the lovely and talented Ashley Fehr of Fehrly Crafty Creations stopping by to share with us her super duper easy and beautiful DIY Autumn Burlap Wreath…. it really is something you need to make this year!

DIY Burlap Wreath Perfect Fall Craft for your Front Door and some of the Best DIY Craft Projects

For the Garden

Protect what is left in your garden from the critters looking for their winter meal. Or just add a fun decoration to your front porch with a fun and easy DIY Scarecrow Project

DIY Scarecrow from start to finish - complete with the flippy floppy hat and some of the Best DIY Craft Projects

 

For the Kitchen

It’s no secret knitting is a big thing around here – and it’s also no secret we like to DIY and we sway lightly to the eco-friendly side of life.  You can too with these wonderful 100% cotton Napkins.  The pattern is really easy to follow, and the results are amazing.

DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living and some of the Best DIY Craft Projects

Also For the Kitchen

No kitchen is complete without the addition of super cute trivets.  Here is a great tutorial for a DIY Trivet, from a knitted I-cord.  

Easy Handmade Trivets Make the Perfect Kitchen Accessories to DIY part of the Best DIY Craft Projects

What projects are you starting?

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Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters to add some whimsy to your yard and garden

You all know I love to Up-cycle stuff, right? My Hand Knit Rag Rug was a huge hit, and a lot of fun! And who could forget our Juice Jug Greenhouses?  Anyway, my very kind and understanding husband also realizes my need to keep stuff, and was very pleased to offer me his old work boots…so I could plant flowers in them. And I did. 

Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden made from Upcycling Old Workboots

And that got me thinking, what other really unique ideas I could find and share with you for planting flowers…well, check these out:

Unique and Whimsical Flower Planter Ideas

10 Unique Flower Planter Ideas to Liven Up Your Space

 

This Bird Cage Planter – by Crafts by Amanda is really just too pretty.  It would look lovely on any corner of a deck, the center of any harvest table, and would be especially lovely as a hanging planter.

Rain Boot Planter – by A Cultivated Nest is simply adorable, and would make a lovely addition to any front porch!  Great idea for a Grandma and Grandpa gift, if made with little boots.  Talk about cute.

I found some awesome haning planters!  These Bird Feeder Planters – by Petticoat Junktion,  brilliant Fishbowl Planters – by A Beautiful Mess and really clever Rain Gutter Planters – by Restoration Redoux are all really smart up-cycles!  

Garden Glove gives a great tutorial on these eye catching Vertical Cinder Block Planters, and don’t miss out on this how to for a Stenciled Planter Box from Reclaimed Wood – by Saved by Love Creations

I love this nifty Mailbox Planter – by Garden Chick, and my front yard absolutely needs a Chair Planter – by Between Naps on the Porch.

Up Cycled Work Boot Flower Planters

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters

These are too easy, really.  The hardest part may be finding a pair of boots you’re willing to part with.  

Materials

  • old boots
  • newspaper
  • seeds
  • soil
  • water

Directions

  1. Fill the toes of boots with some crumpled newspaper
  2. Fill the rest of the boot with potting soil.
  3. Add seeds and plant according to package directions
  4. Water lightly

I told you it was too easy.  Which ones will you try?

 

 

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Wine Cork Garden Markers

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Garden Markers made from up-cycled wine cork are more than just cute.  They also help you remember what the heck you were doing.  Inspired by these sweet cork markers I found on Baby Centre I have ventured to make my own version.

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Herb Gardens

I am not going to lie.  Herb gardens are decidedly not something I am good at.  So when it comes to planting herb gardens, I need all the help I can get.  Over the years I have gotten fairly decent at identifying sprouts, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beets, onions, etc.  But herbs, no.  What I need is a lot more experience growing herbs, and until then – I’ve got a clever little up-cycle that it gonna help me out

Wine Cork Garden Markers

Another really easy up-cycle, that is not only cute – it’s actually quite useful.  And who doesn’t love a useful craft?  My version of these wine cork garden markers uses a wire hanger instead of doweling or skewers ( you likely already have a wire hanger to spare) and because of that you don’t need a drill either, just push the wire into the cork.  Real people, real living and totally do-able.

Materials:

  • wine corks
  • white wire hanger
  • wire cutters
  • sharpie

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Directions:

  1. Unravel the coat hanger, and straighten and if you don’t have a white one, you can paint it.  Just be sure to let it dry very very well before you start handling it
  2. Using the wire cutters, cut the hanger into several lengths, approx 5 – 6 ” long
  3. Push one wine-cork onto the end of one 5″ length of wire
  4. Using the sharpie ( or other permanent marker) label the cork with the type of herb you’ve planted, or hope to plant, or planted a while ago and you forgot about it and it died…
  5. Place each marker next to the right herbs you planted. Be sure to get it right!  I made myself a sketch of where I planted which herb, so that adding the markers wouldn’t cause confusion and delay.

If you liked this up-cycle

You’ll need to make these lovely nature gifts in a jar, and these egg carton daffodils.  For more grown-upy type crafts, check out this awesome rag rug tutorial, or these super easy cotton napkins.  

Also, you can read about my herb garden prowess and get some seed starting ideas here if you’re looking to start your own – which you should totally do! 

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

 

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HOW TO KNIT PART 4: HOW TO BIND OFF

Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off

You guys, we need to talk about knitting bind off methods.  You have all been awesome in following along with the How to Cast On, Knit and Purl Now what?  You’ve cast on a whole whack of stitches, you’ve knitted and purled to your hearts content.. and you probably have something very very lovely sitting on those needles.  Now what?
 
Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
 

Not Quite The End

I’m going to show you how to get those beautiful stitches off that needle, and tell you a bit about knitting bind off methods so you can go ahead and brag about how awesome you are.  For real.  Knitting is easy once you get the hang of it, and if you’ve made it this far, you’ve been able to build your foundation from our how to cast on tutorial, and wasn’t that fun?  Once you got going it was easy peasy, right?  Well, it was easy enough for you to stick around and try the knit stitch.. and that right there is a success in my book.  And now hold on.. if you’ve made it this far, than you have likely also nailed the purl stitch and that is the trickiest part of knitting.  So give yourselves a great big pat on the back and then I want you to do two things, ready?  Take a photo of your project, and brag about it!  Post it to our Facebook Page and tag Nemcsok Farms so I don’t miss it AND share it on instagram with the hashtag #nemcsokfarmsknitters so I can find it, and press the little heart button and stuff, and congratulate you on your hard work!

And while Binding Off your stitches, is the last fundamental of knitting, it is not what you call finishing – so I just wanted to clear up any confusion there.  Finishing refers to when you weave in the ends of your yarn, and tidy up any strays from joining yarns throughout the project and sewing up any seams and well, you get the idea.  

Knitting Bind Off Methods

So, let’s get to it.  The first time you set out to bind off your stitches, you’re going to do it simply by using the knit stitch over and over again.  There’s a bit more to it, but just so you know, it’s really really easy.  As you start to knit more and more, you will come eventually want to try what is called binding off in pattern.  This simply means that you will use the knit stitch to bind off the old knit stitches and you will use the purl stitch to bind off the old purl stitches.  But we can totally get to that some other time.  Binding off with a knit stitch is perfectly fine and acceptable and I highly recommend it.  Ready?

 

How to Bind Off

  1. Knit two stitchesKnitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  2. Insert the left needle into the first stitch you knitted in step 1.Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  3. With the left needle, bring the first stitch you knitted over the second stitch and off the needle.Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  4. Knit the next stitch on the left needle, and repeat steps two and three.
  5. Repeat these steps, knitting one from the left needle, and slipping the first stitch off the right needle over the second stitch. 
  6. When you have one stitch left on the right needle, cut you yarn, leaving a long end, and bring it up through the last stitch.

Any questions?

You’ve Got This

Be sure to check out what to put in your Knit Kit for beginners, and soon I think we’ll all be ready for the next level. What knitting tutorial would you like to see next?

 

 Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
 
 

 
CUE THE NEXT VIDEO.

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HOW TO KNIT PART 3: PURL STITCH

How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Add a new dimension to your knitting with the Purl Stitch.  Although You can technically complete a project without using the purl stitch, if you want to add elasticity to your project, you need to use the purl stitch.  But, fear not my friends, I’ll show you how to do it.

How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Adding Depth and Shape

We’ve previously covered Building a Foundation with Casting ON, and Creating the Structure with the Knit Stitch, so what comes next naturally is how to add shape and depth to your knitting.  You need to know how to do the Purl Stitch, in order to create elastic ribbing, such as in cuffs of sweaters, etc. and you need to know how to do the Purl Stitch if you want to create that smooth surface that you see on the ‘right side’ of many knitted pieces.  Also, there is a stitch out there called the Moss or Seed Stitch that produces and amazing textured piece, and yep – you need to know how to purl. In future articles we’ll explore the various combinations of knit / purl stitches, and until then, you need to work on mastering the purl stitch.

Beware, the Purl Stitch is what I had the hardest time learning!  It took going over it again and again and again. But now I have it figured out entirely, and I’m here to show you how.

How to Make a Purl Stitch

  1. Hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand.  The old stitches are the ones on the left, and you will be making new stitches with the right needle.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  2. With the needle in your right hand, and the working yarn in front of your needles, insert the right needle in to the stitch you are going to purl from right to left.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  3. Bring the working yarn between the needles from right to left and around the right needle.  This will be your new stitch.    How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  4. Move the right needle, with the new stitch on it, through the old stitch and away from you.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  5. Slip the old stitch off the needle, and tighten your new stitch.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  6. Tighten your working yarn just a little to secure your new stitch. 

 

 

PRACTICE THE PURL STITCH

This DIY Infinity Scarf is the perfect pattern to practice what you have learned so far.  You may also want to check out this Kid’s Pom Pom Hat  that uses the fundamentals we have worked on so far, plus some really simple decreasing.  I say go ahead and try it!  You may surprise yourself – and don’t forget, I’m happy to help you along the way.

If you’re looking for more – join our group Nemcsok Farms Knitters – a community of people who love to knit.

We’d love to have you!



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HOMEMADE CLEANERS, HEALTHY HOME: HOMEMADE WINDOW CLEANER

Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
Jennifer from Sugar Spice & Glitter is back for her monthly feature! Last time she stopped in she told us how to make Homemade Garbage Deodorizer Pucks, and she’s back today to tell us all about her Homemade Window Cleaner, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
 
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series
 

HOMEMADE WINDOW CLEANER

I’m slowly going through my cleaning supplies and replacing everything with homemade cleaning recipes. This month, I ran out of glass cleaner & decided to try my hand at some Homemade Windex.
 
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
 
This recipe is for a streak-free window and glass cleaner that smells fresh & contains no harmful chemicals.
 
While I used rubbing alcohol in my recipe, you can swap that out for vodka if you’d prefer. Either way, the recipe should still be treated like a cleaning solution and kept out of reach of children.
 
The most expensive ingredient is the rubbing alcohol which I’ve since found out can be purchased at the dollar store! You can also use the remaining rubbing alcohol as a “Goo Be Gone” alternative or even incorporate it into some cute art projects with the kids!
 
I used peppermint essential oil because I love the fresh, clean scent it leaves after using it, but you can swap that out for any essential oil or skip that ingredient altogether. There are no benefits to using it in this recipe other than the scent since you are using also the corn starch (as they both contribute to the streak-free nature of this recipe).
 
The corn starch is essential for that streak-free finish. I’ve tried this recipe twice – once with the corn starch and once without – and I noticed a huge difference. The cornstarch disrupts the water molecules so they don’t “gather” on the surface of the mirror. (For another cool way to see how cornstarch reacts with water, trying making oobleck with the kids!)
 
A bottle of this homemade glass cleaner costs less than $2 – and that includes the bottle! Refills will cost less than $1.
 
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
 
How to Make Homemade Glass Cleaner
 
Grab a clean spray bottle and add the following ingredients:
1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup isopropyl alcohol (99% rubbing alcohol)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups water
5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
2 drops food dye (optional)
 
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
Put on the nozzle and give the solution a good shake to distribute the corn starch. Remember to give the bottle a shake before every use, as the corn starch will settle.
 
 
Adding essential oil or food dye are optional. Some will enjoy the addition of food dye (and it helps remind you which solution is which if you haven’t labeled the bottle) but I would be too afraid of it dripping onto furniture and staining, so I left that out.
 
How to Use Homemade Window Cleaner
 
Shake the bottle vigorously to redistribute the corn starch, and then spray sparingly onto your glass or window surface. Let it set for a moment, and then wipe off with a rag or paper towel. Some people swear by using newspaper but we never have it in the house so I wasn’t able to try. 
 
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
 
Have you tried making any homemade cleaners? Which cleaning recipe would you like to see next?


Jennifer 
 
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Hand Knit Rag Rug

DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

Are you ready to see something really and truly amazing?  Because I had a fit of creative genius let me tell you, and I am feeling pretty pleased with myself.  Any Rag Rug is thing of beauty to be sure, but this – this my friends, is no ordinary Rag Rug.

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DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

This week in the Earth Month Upcycle Challenge, the item we were challenged with up-cycling with, was fabric.  And what a good opportunity to go through my stash.  

When setting out meet this challenge, I had a good idea of what I wanted to do. I wanted to use an old sheet, and turn it into a floor mat, or rag rug.  I had two hurdles, first, I wanted to use knitting to construct it, and second, how does one knit a sheet?

My Brilliant Idea

I was pretty sure that I would fall out of love with my project if it required cutting a sheet into strips and then sewing them together at the ends in order to have a fabric strip that was long enough to work with. That’s too much work, and not my idea of a fun time.  My solution – wait for it – 

I sewed the sheet.

Yep, that’s right.  I folded the sheet in half on the long edge, adjust it so that there was about an inch overhang with the edges, and sewed the sheets long edges to each other.  Sort of like a sleeping bag with an open top and bottom.  See the image in step 1. And then I cut the strips.  Or rather, one very long strip. Easy peasy.

Hand Knit Rag Rug

Materials:

  • Huge Knitting Needles – seriously these things are 25mm in diameter.  Just awesome.
  • A twin sized sheet ready to be upcycled
  • Sewing machine, and thread
  • Fabric Shears, I like the ones with bright handles, because I lose EVERYTHING
  • Basic Knitting skills, such as knowing how to Cast On, and make a Knit Stitch (clicking on those links will get you to the tutorials for the fundamentals of knitting ) and how to Bind off.  

Directions:

  1. Fold your sheet over on it’s long edge, miss matching the edges and leaving a 1″ overhang. DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!
  2. Sew the seam along the long edges – you will have a 1″ overhang at each end
  3. Place your sheet, now a large tube, with the first overhang on your work surfaceDIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!
  4. Take a deep breath
  5. And begin to cut.  Cut a 1″ strip, beginning at the overhand, and carry on, around and around until you have a very long 1″ wide strip of up-cycle-able fabric, that is knit-able. ( See how I just make up words as I go along?  ) DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!
  6. Take those gigantic knitting needles, and your newly cut ‘yarn’ and cast on 30 stitches.
  7. Knit 37 rows.
  8. Bind off, and secure and weave in ends.

 

DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

Now was that not truly brilliant?  

More Smart Ideas

If I wowed you with this up-cycle, just wait until you see how I made the stencil for these Dragon Fly Crafts, and this Trivet and of course our other up cycle challenges, like these Mini Greenhouses and these Paper Pots.

Join in on the Earth Month Up Cycling Challenge and Create Fun New Things from Everyday Recyclable Items

More Awesome Up-Cycles!

10 Awesome Upcycle Ideas for Old Clothes – Crafty Mama in Me

How to Make A Great Recycled Fabric Bag – Witty Hoots

A Tisket A Tasket A Woven Cloth Basket – Mosswood Connections

How to Make Yarn Out Of Old Jeans – Our Daily Craft

 

DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

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How to Knit Part 2: Knit Stitch

How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Simply put, knitting would not be knitting, where it not for the knit stitch.

The other day we started talking a little big about the fundamentals of knitting, and how you need to start with a foundation.  Now that you have mastered the foundation, or Casting On, it’s time to start building.

How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Creating the Structure

There are four basic techniques you need to know in order to knit.  First, what we talked about the other day, is you need to know how to cast on.  There are several different ways to accomplish this, but my favourite method is the sling shot method, also called the long tail method.  I shared a pretty good tutorial on How to Cast On in Part 1 of the How to Knit Series.

The other skills you need to know are how to make a Knit Stitch, a Purl Stitch and how to Bind off.  You could in theory get by with only knowing how to knit, or how to purl, but usually it’s the combination of the two that bring you some wonderfully shaped garments, with great texture.  The different ways of combining the knit and purl stitches determines things like elasticity, fit, texture and style.  I’ll go into that in more detail after we’ve worked through these four basic skills.

The Knit Stitch, although potentially awkward to start with, gets really easy and really comfortable once you get going.

How to Make a Knit Stitch

  1. Hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand.  
  2. With the empty needle in you right hand, and the working yarn behind your needles, insert the right needle in to the stitch you are going to knit from left to right.How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  3. Bring the working yarn beneath the right needle and between the needles from back to front, wrapping the working yarn around the right needle – this is your new stitchHow to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  4. Bring the needle and the new stitch down toward you and through the old stitch.  You will have the new stitch on the right hand needle, How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  5. … and you will slip the old stitch off of the left hand needle.  How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  6. Tighten it a little bit, and voila!  You’re ready to knit the rest of the stitches.



PRACTICE THE KNIT STITCH

With these patterns that are perfect for beginners, like the I-Cord Tutorial , or the DIY Rainbow Scarf.  

If you’re looking for more – join our group Nemcsok Farms Knitters – a community of people who love to knit.

We’d love to have you!

USE THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL TO SEE HOW IT’S DONE

 

 

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How to Knit Part 1: How to Cast On

knitting series part 1

You CAN knit

Get the E-Course Here

As you read this series on how to knit, I am have just finished up the E-Course I put together just for you. You CAN knit is designed to encourage you on your knitting journey.  To give you the skills and the confidence to succeed as well as the gift to create something amazing.  In the meantime, follow along below, and check out Knits’ End for all kinds of awesome knitting stuff.

My knitting journey starts long ago in a far away place.  I found myself with little money, lots of time, and an entire slew of people I wanted to get gifts for come the impending Holiday Season.   I had always had an interest in knitting, but could never quite grasp it.  

How to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
This article focuses on the technique casting on.  Click on these links for the knit stitch, the purl stitch and how to bind off.

Building a Foundation

Like anything you build in life, you need to start with a foundation.  A foundation for creating things with yarn was built for me as a child – my grandmother was often knitting, and making pretty things.  An aunt had an accident with a horse, and ended up with a broken arm.  Her doctor prescribed knitting as therapy for repairing her arm and shoulder and gaining strength and motor skills.  My Mom did a lot of crocheting ( is that a word?) and let’s face it – I have a thing for crafting.  It was only a matter of time.

Now the far away place I mentioned earlier…. that would be northwestern Ontario.  My then best friend and now husband and I were about to embark on some cross province, and cross country work, and that meant long hours driving.  Again with the lots of time and little money bit.  

I taught myself with a book, and some yarn and supplies my Mom had been keeping in her basement, and the rest as they say is history.

How to Knit. A step by step tutorial on how to use a sling shot or long tail cast on method for building your foundation for knitting

Good to Know

 
 
A rule of thumb for casting on when using standard 5mm needles and regular worsted weight yarn is measure out 1 inch per stitch. I know my hand span is 8″ so I use that to measure out the amount of yarn I will have on the short end of my slip knot.  So if you were using needles twice that size, for example, 10 mm needles, double that. 
Take my Infinity Scarf pattern as an example.  The pattern calls for 12.75 mm needles and to cast on 24 sts.  If I were using 5mm needles I would measure out 24″ of yarn, or three hand spans worth, and then fix my slip knot.  Because the needles in this pattern are much larger, I measured out about 64 ” or 8 hand spans.
 
Place the slip knot at the end of the measured out short end, and place it on either one of the needles, about an inch from the tip.
 
Put the needle with the slip knot in you right hand. The tail is considered the short end and the yarn that comes from the ball or skein is called the working yarn.

Part 1 : How to Cast on

Before you can actually knit, you need a place to start.  There are several ways to cast on – but I totally prefer the sling shot method, it seems to be the most useful, and it sounds pretty cool.

  1. Pull a length of yarn from the skein.  If you’re using a worsted weight yarn, and 5mm knitting needles, you can usually count on needing one inch of yarn per stitch when casting on.  Make a slip knot, place it on the needle, and pull the yarn ends to tighten it.  This counts as your first cast on stitchHow to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  2. Hold the needled with the slip knot in your right hand with your index finger resting on the slip knot.
  3. Place the short end of yarn over your left thumb, and bring the working yarn up and over your left index finger. Hold both yarn ends in your left palm with your three remaining fingers.  Like a sling shot.How to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  4. Insert tip of needle under first strand of yarn on left thumbHow to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  5. Bring needle over and around the first strand on your index fingerHow to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  6. Pull the yarn and needle down through the loop on your thumb
  7. Slip your thumb out of the loop, then bring your thumb toward you, catching the yarn end to form a new loop on your thumb and gently pulling to tighten the new stitch on the needle.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 until you have the required amount of stitches on your needle.

 

How to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

 


 

Practice How to Cast On

With these patterns that are perfect for beginners, like the Kid’s Pom Pom Hat, or the DIY Rainbow Scarf.  Once you’ve mastered casting on, or atleast become comfortable with it, move on to the Knit Stitch.  Oh, and in case you were wondering – during that first trip across the country, the first thing I made, was a green and orange stripped toque.  He still wears it.  That’s love people.