• Knitting is made up of two (yes, just two!) basic stitches — knit and purl. The knit stitch is the first one most people learn. It creates a smooth 'V' on the right side of your fabric, and a little bump on the wrong side. Combined with the purl stitch, there's nothing you can't do.

  • Good to Know

  • We're demoing two different ways to hold your yarn when you knit — holding the yarn in your right hand, which is called throwing, or English style, and holding the yarn in your left, which is referred to as picking or Continental. The end result is exactly the same, so choose whichever method feels more comfortable.

  • English Style

    1. 1. To start a new row, make sure the needle with all the stitches is in your left hand, and you're holding the empty needle in your right. You'll use the empty needle to make new stitches, transferring the stitches from the left needle to the right.

    2. 2. Slip your right needle through the first stitch on your left needle. Go through the loop on your needle from left to right, front to back. The right needle will come out the back. Keep your needles crossed.

    3. 3. Holding your working yarn in your right hand, wrap the yarn behind the back needle, and bring it between the two needles where they cross.

    4. 4. Bring your right needle back through the stitch on the left needle, pulling your working yarn onto the right needle as you do.

    5. 5. Slide the stitch you just worked through off your left needle. That's it! When you work your next knit stitch, make sure you keep the yarn at the back of your work. Then just repeat the steps above for each stitch you want to knit.

      Pro Tip

      • There are lots of ways to hold onto your yarn (sometimes referred to as tensioning). There's no right or wrong way — you can drape it over your pointer finger, pinch it in place, or even drop it completely between stitches. The important thing is to find a way to hold it that lets you also keep a grip on your needles.

  • Continental Style

    1. 1. To start a new row, make sure the needle with all the stitches is in your left hand, and you're holding the empty needle in your right. You'll use the empty needle to make new stitches, transferring the stitches from the left needle to the right. Hold your yarn with your left hand, keeping it behind your needle.

    2. 2. Slip your right needle through the first stitch on your left needle. Go through the loop on your needle from left to right, front to back. The right needle will come out the back. Keep your needles crossed.

    3. 4. Scoop the yarn you're holding in back with your right needle. The yarn should go over the top of your right needle.

    4. 5. Pull the working yarn through the stitch on your left needle.

    5. 6. Slide the stitch you just worked through off your left needle. That's it! When you work your next knit stitch, make sure you keep the yarn at the back of your work. Then just repeat the steps above for each stitch you want to knit.

      Pro Tip

      • The first stitch of the row can feel a little sloppy — that's totally normal! Just make sure your yarn is coming straight down the back of your needle. If you pull it up and over, that first stitch can look like two stitches.

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