How to Knit (k)

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How to Knit (k)

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The two techniques that form the backbone of most knitting projects are the knit stitch and the purl stitch. In fact just learning to knit (or to purl), means you already have the skills necessary to make knitting’s easiest stitch pattern - the Garter Stitch.

Once you learn how to do a knit stitch and a purl stitch, with just these two stitches you can create a huge variety of patterns by applying different combinations of just these two stitches, as you can see by visiting our Knit & Purl Stitches collection.

As you progress and wish to broaden your knitting abilities, you will see that learning how to knit the knit and the purl stitches will form the foundation on which you will learn more advanced techniques as the majority of them are based on variations of these two stitches.

This lesson will take you through how to knit a knit stitch in both the English style (American Style in the US) and Continental style using step by step photos and written instructions. The lesson assumes that you have already learned how to Cast-On.

Instructions

Once you have cast-on the required number of stitches, you are ready to begin your first knit stitch.

1. Holding the needle with your cast-on yarn in your left hand, ensure that the working yarn (connected to the yarn ball) is at the back of the work. Hold the other needle in your right hand. test lefttest right











2. Start your first knit stitch by inserting your right hand needle through the bottom of the first stitch (loop) and push up, so that it is behind the left hand needle. test lefttest right











3. Pinch the two needles with your left thumb and forefinger, so that you can comfortably hold them and remove your right hand from the right hand needle. * test lefttest right











4. With your right hand take the working yarn (attached to the yarn ball) and wrap it counter-clockwise around the back of the right-hand needle and through the middle of the two needles. The yarn should be sitting in between the two needles, so that you can see each needle sitting in its own hole.test lefttest right











5. Pull the working yarn fairly taught and hold in your right hand along with the right hand needle.test lefttest right











6. Now work the right hand needle downwards and rotate your wrist slightly (relative to the cast on needle) such that the tip of the right needle is resting on top of the working yarn between the two needles.test lefttest right











7. Turn the point of the right-hand needle slightly towards you and push it through the hole created between the working yarn and the stitch (loop) on the left-hand needle. This should be done such that the working yarn will be below the right-hand needle and the yarn loop on the left-hand needle will be above the right-hand needle. If done correctly, both needles should now be sitting in the same hole.test lefttest right











8. Holding onto the un-knitted stitches on your cast-on needle in your left-hand, use the right hand needle to pull the stitch off your left-hand needle. Your knitted stitch should now be sitting on your right hand needle with the stitch (cast-on) from the previous row hanging below it.test lefttest right











* As you become more proficient, you likely won’t need to remove your right hand from the right hand needle to carry out step 4 and can omit/modify this step.

Once you have cast-on the required number of stitches, you are ready begin your first knit stitch.
1. Hold the Cast-On Needle in your left hand. Take the working yarn (the yarn from your cast-on needle) and allow it to sit over your left forefinger and thread it under your middle and index fingers and wind it counter clock-wise once around your pinky.test lefttest right











2. Start your first knit stitch by inserting your right hand needle through the bottom of the first stitch (loop) and push up, so that it is behind the left hand needle.test lefttest right











3. Using the tip of the right hand needle swivel it right and underneath the working yarn strand.test lefttest right











4. Holding the working yarn fairly taut, using the right hand needle, pull the working yarn wrapped around it down and through the stitch you entered.test lefttest right











5. Holding onto the un-knitted stitches on your cast-on needle in your left-hand, use the right hand needle to pull the stitch off your left-hand needle. Your knitted stitch should now be sitting on your right hand needle with the stitch (cast-on) from the previous row hanging below it. .

Knit Short Hand

Whenever you see the ‘k’ in the traditional knitting instructions on eKnittingStitches.com then you are meant to knit a stitch. Similarly if instructs you to ‘k3’ for example, then you should knit the next three stitches.

Similarly, if using our knitting charts then a blank square means to knit that stitch if you are on the right-side & a black dot means to knit that stitch when working along the wrong-side of the fabric as shown in the figure below.

 
Knitting Chart Symbol for Knit Stitch (Right Side)

 

Tips & Tricks

• If you are a beginner, then it is best to start with a chunkier yarn and bigger needles.
• If you are trying out a new stitch pattern then practice making little swatches (small strips of fabric) before starting on a project.
• Always knit using the full needle, never just the tips. This is a common mistake amongst beginners and will result in your stitches being very tight and difficult to work.
• When knitting continental style place your right forefinger lightly on top of the last stitch moved to the right hand to secure it when inserting the right hand needle into the next stitch on the left hand needle.

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Article by Brian

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