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Beginner Basics: Knit.101

The Knit Stitch


Like we said before, there are two different ways to make a knit stitch (English or Continental method), and the one you choose depends largely on which you’re most comfortable with.

knit stitch (english)
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1. Hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand. Hold the working needle in your right hand, wrapping the yarn around your fingers. 2. Insert the right needle from front to back into the first cast-on stitch on the left needle. Keep the right needle under the left needle and the yarn at the back. 3. Wrap the yarn under and over the right needle in a clockwise motion.
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4. With the right needle, catch the yarn and pull it through the cast-on stitch. 5. Slip the cast-on stitch off the left needle, leaving the newly formed stitch on the right needle. Repeat these steps in each subsequent stitch until all stitches have been worked from the left needle. You have made one row of knit stitches.  
knit stitch (continental)
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1. Hold the needles in the same way as for the English method shown above, but hold the yarn with your left hand rather than your right. 2. Insert the right needle from front to back into the first cast-on stitch on the left needle. Keep the right needle under the left needle, with the yarn in back of both needles. 3. Lay the yarn over the right needle as shown.
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4. With the tip of the right needle, pull the strand through the cast-on stitch, holding the strand with the right index finger if necessary. 5. Slip the cast-on stitch off the left needle, leaving the newly formed stitch on the right needle. Continue to repeat these steps until you have worked all of the stitches from the left needle to the right needle. You have made one row of knit stitches.  

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