How to Knit, Part 2:The Knit Stitch

This is the second day of my “How to Knit” series. Today we will be learning the basic knit stitch. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really a cinch. I’m also discovering that it can be very relaxing as well. What a great hobby to begin on a cold, blustery day (like it is here!). Hopefully I can explain it in a way that makes sense, along with my pictures.

Start out with a row of cast-on stitches. Don’t know how to cast on? Check out my previous post and you’ll catch up in a jiffy!

Have needle with cast-on stitches to the left, the blank needle on the right.

Form an “X” with the 2 needles, driving the point of the right needle from front to back through the first stitch on the left needle. The right needle should be behind the left one.

Holding the needles in this position with the left hand, grab yarn with right hand and wrap a loop counterclockwise under and around the back needle.

Guide the right needle toward you and through the first stitch on the left needle.

Slide it up and to the right so that the first stitch slides off of the left needle and onto the right.

It should now look like this.

Repeat this process for all of the stitches until they are all onto the right needle.

To start another row, simply switch the full needle to your left hand, the empty one to your right, and knit them the same way.

Sounds easy? Oh, I hope so. If not, keep working at it and you’ll soon be cruising along.

The next post in this series will be showing you how to purl, one of the other fundamental stitches.

10 thoughts on “How to Knit, Part 2:The Knit Stitch

  1. As you insert the right needle through the stitch and behind the left needle, does it matter whether you are in front of or behind the knot on the stitch? In your picture you are inserting the needle behind/under the knot and I learned to insert it just above the knot pushing the right needle behind the left.

  2. I wish I had this talent! I sew but knitting doesn’t seem to work for me. I just can’t get the hang of it. I always admire others work though!

  3. I am so glad you entered the crafty link up! I have be wanting to learn to knit so you’ll be seeing me for this! Drop by often & feel free to share other links every week πŸ˜‰
    All my best~

  4. How do I get back to the beginning? I am left handed, does that make a difference? As you can see I need help. Thank you

  5. Those of you who think you just can’t knit may enjoy hearing this story: When I was first trying to knit and I just had the most miserable time pulling those stitches off my needle, I went to Walmart to buy bigger needles, thinking that would be the answer. The woman there told me, ‘You don’t need bigger needles. You need practice. Go home and practice.’ πŸ™‚ So, I did. Knitting is like every other skill you want to acquire. It takes practice and perseverance. Keep with it and eventually your knitting will improve, your stitches will get looser, and you’ll enjoy this new skill!!!

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