These are two basic stitches you’ll learn when first starting out knitting. They are easy and fun, and will form the foundation of all your knitting knowledge! I’ve included 2 videos below for each stitch. Practice them a few times, and you’lll be clicking those needles like you’ve been doing it for years! Knitting is such a wonderful world with endless possibilities…here’s to your journey!
You can watch the videos above to learn, or follow the photo tutorial below!
Step 1: How to Do the Knit Stitch, and a Rhyme to Remember!
Knitting is a lot like purling, only reversed! I remember a rhyme a friend told me when I first learned to knit: “Go through the front door, & around the back, peek through the window, & off jumps Jack!”
This really helped me remember all of the steps! I’m sure people in public that saw me saying this to myself, thought I looked strange! LOL
Step 2: You Will Create a “V” When You Knit As Shown Below
Always start with your yarn held to the back when beginning a knit stitch. Steps 1-4 will show you how to knit a stitch.
Step 3: “Go Through the Front Door”, Then Criss Cross Your Needles, With the Right Needle to the Back.
Step 4: "and Around the Back"
Step 5: Bring Right Needle Under Loop & Drop Loop Off Left Needle. “Peek Through the Window & Off Jumps Jack!”
Step 6: How to Purl, & Another Rhyme to Remember
Purling is also very simple to do, & will create a “purl bump” as shown below. Here is the fun purling rhyme to help you remember: “Under the fence, catch the sheep, back we come, off we leap!”
Step 7: “Under the Fence”
Step 8: “Catch the Sheep”
Step 9: “Back We Come”
Step 10: “Off We Leap!”
Step 11: Now You Know How to Knit and Purl!
I hope this helps you keep your needles clicking! What rhymes or tricks helped you? Let me know by commenting below.