Basic Knit Stitches
Brand new to knitting? You've come to the right place! Work your way through these four tutorials, and you will be ready to rock your first knitting project – from start to finish.
The knit stitch is the most fundamental stitch in the history of this craft (and its namesake). Anything you can knit is made of knit stitches and purl stitches, so mastering the knit stitch means you are halfway there! In knitting patterns, you’ll often see the instructions for a knit stitch abbreviated as a k or K.
Begin by holding your working yarn (the end attached to the ball of yarn) in your right-hand, and insert the right-hand needle tip through the first stitch, from left to right.
Wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle tip counter-clockwise.
Pull the needle tip through the stitch you first entered, making sure to keep the yarn you just wrapped around the needle in place.
Slide the worked stitch off of the left-hand needle. Your first knitted stitch will now be wrapped around your right-hand needle. You're done!
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