How to do the knit stitch

There are essentially two kinds of main stitches in knitting. These are the knit stitch and the purl stitch. You can do each of these using the continental method or the English method. The yarn is held behind the work in both kinds of knitting options.

The knit stitch is a versatile stitch. It is smooth on one side and bumpy on the other. In most cases the smoother side is used as the outer side of the garment. But coupled with the purl stitch it can be used to make a lot of patterns.

A right hander generally uses the left hand to hold the work in progress. This is the needle that has the cast on stitches. The empty needle is held in the right hand. The empty needle is inserted into the first stitch from the front towards the back. Once you have done this the right needle will be below the left needle.

With the yarn in your left hand over the forefinger behind both the needles, bring the yarn over the right needle that you have just inserted. This should be done to ensure that the loop is formed only over the right needle and the left needle should not be included. Essentially the working yarn will come and sit between the right needle and the left needle. With the yarn in the forefinger towards the back again, pull the loop from between the cast on stitch. This will take the new stitch on to the right needle. Now that you have created the new stitch you can cast off the old stitch off the left needle.

Work your way all the way to the end and you would have completed one entire line of knit stitch in the continental style of knitting.



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