How to Knit - Knit Stitches


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When you are learning how to knit, you generally start with the knit stitch. On this page, you will find step by step instruction on how to do 'knit stitches'.

To get started, you need two single pointed needles and a ball of wool. But before we can learn how to form knit stitches, you will either need to learn how to cast on your stitches or have someone else do it for you.

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If you don't have anyone close that can cast on for you, check out this page for step by step instructions.  

Instructions on How to Knit

Using the needle in your right hand, push your needle through the front of the first stitch on the left-hand needle.


Pull the wool around the needle in your right hand from the back of the needle to the front.


Using the needle in your right hand, pull the loop through to the front of the work.


Slip the stitch off the needle in your left hand.


You should now have a new stitch on the needle in your right hand. Now you just repeat each of the steps from one to four for each stitch until you have completed the row.

When you are finished your knitting should look something like this.


For a printable PDF copy of the Tutorial just click on this link.

Would you like to see how to do knit stitches?

Check out this video demonstration! If you want a smooth viewing experience, I suggest that you hit the pause button for a while so that it fully loads before you watch it.

Simple Project to Help you Practice Your Knit Stitches

When you are just beginning, your knitting is going to be a bit rough.  Your tension will be all over the shot - tight in some places and loose in others - and you may even end up with more or less stitches on your needle than you started with.  but the only way your knitting will improve is if you practice, practice, practice.  

And then practice some more!  So here are a few easy projects that you can do while you are practicing.  The end product does not need to be perfect (mistakes allow us to learn) and your work will get better as your project grows.  Don't knit these first few projects expecting them to be the same as those produced by experienced knitters, but do give yourself a pat on the back for taking on something new and sticking with it.

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