How to Knit Names

by Jessica Daniel

Knitting names is best worked on a background with charts. Some letters are very difficult to knit properly, so using the intarsia method of knitting works best. Pick a background color and a color for the letters. Decide on the size of the piece first, and check your gauge to determine the number of stitches per inch before beginning to graph the letters. Knit names flat, and put the piece in a frame as a great gift for a child's room.

Items you will need

  • Knitter's graph paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Yarn in at least two colors
  • Knitting needles
Step 1

Determine the width of the piece. Multiply the stitches per inch by the desired number of inches. This will give you the number of stitches to cast on and graph.

Step 2

Graph the letters on the graph paper. Each square represents one stitch. Use the colored pencils in the desired color to fill in the squares in the shape of the letters.

Step 3

Cast on the desired number of stitches. Add an edging to the piece before beginning the chart. Choose a seed stitch or other stitch pattern that will prevent curling of the edges while maintaining the desired width of the piece.

Step 4

Work from the graph. On the right-side rows, read the chart from right to left. On the wrong-side rows, the chart read the chart from left to right.

Step 5

Switch colors as necessary to knit the letters. Use the intarsia technique to switch colors by twisting the yarns together at the back of the work. Drop the first color and knit across the stitches necessary in the second color. Add in another ball of yarn in the background color when necessary by twisting the yarns at the back of the work and dropping the letter color. Knit with the main color. Colors are carried up the work, but new balls are added across the row to maintain the proper gauge.

Step 6

Work until the chart is completed. Add a top edging to the piece in the same stitch pattern as the bottom edging. Bind off all stitches and weave in the ends.


  • "Stitch 'N Bitch Nation"; Debbie Stoller; 2004
  • "Knitting Workshop"; Elizabeth Zimmermann; 1981

About the Author

Jessica Daniel has been writing professionally since 2005. She has worked in the arts-and-crafts field, publishing knitting patterns with Lorna's Laces and My Sister's Knits. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and women's studies from St. Xavier University.