Introduction: Knitting Lessons: the Knit Stitch
The most common styles of knitting are the American and Continental styles. In the American style you hold the yarn in your right hand and use your right hand to move the yarn. In Continental style you use your left hand to hold and move the yarn.
I, like most people, prefer using the Continental style because I find it easier to work the yarn with my left hand. Try out both technique and see what works best for you. It is good to know both techniques when you learn combination knitting.
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Step 1: Continental Knit Stitch
Step 2: American (English) Knit Stitch
- Start with your work to the right of your left needle.
- With the ball of yarn to the right of you, hold the yarn in your right hand. I like to wrap the yarn around my pinky and pointer fingers (do whatever feels most comfortable to hold it in your right hand)
- Take second needle in your right hand. Bring the needle up through the bottom of the top stitch on your left needle. Your right needle should be behind your left needle.
- With your right hand, wrap the yarn around your right needle.
- Pull the yarn back through the top stitch.
- Slide the top stitch on the left needle off the needle.
- You now have a new stitch on your right needle.
- To continue, repeat from step 3
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