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Knitting Tutorial: Knit Stitch

By: M. E. Harrington, contributor for

When you're just starting out knitting it may seem like a hopeless process, but once you learn the basic knitting stitches, you'll be knitting like nobody's business. Follow this easy tutorial and learn how to do the Knit Stitch with instructions and pictures by M. E. Harrington. This tutorial is perfect for building your confidence before you move on to more complicated stitches and knitting techniques. For a complete guide to knitting for beginners, check out our free eBook, Knitting for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials

  1. Cast the correct number of stitches required for your project on the knitting needle.

  2. To knit the first stitch, pass the point of the empty needle through the first stitch.

  3. It helps to keep the stitch on the needle if you press the yarn against the needle with your finger on your left hand. (These instructions are for right-handed knitters.) Bring the yarn between the two points of the needles.

  4. Using the tip of the needle, bring the yarn through the loop as shown in the photo on the right.

  5. Release the pressure of your left finger which is holding the stitch on the needle, and allow the stitch to slip off the needle.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 in each stitch across the row.  See the photos in step 7.


  8. Change the needle filled with stitches back to the left hand, and repeat steps 3 to 7.  This will give you a texture of knit every row, which will look like the photo below.  (This is a lovely texture, which will make you look like a seasoned knitter!) 

    The knit every row technique is particularly useful in making scarves, hats, and sweaters, and works up more quickly than knit one row, purl one row.  (The photo at the top of this tutorial shows the sequence of knit one row, purl one row.) 



Looking for help on other knitting techniques?  Check out these 4 Easy Techniques: Make Knitting for Beginners a Breeze.

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This is a really helpful photo tutorial for brand new knitters like me. It especially helps to have such chunky yarn and large needles in the picture.

I would like to know how knitwise

Wow, I search for some ways to knit until I came up with this! You're so amazing!


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