Knitting: How-to Knit

Knitting for Beginners - Learn the Knit Stitch

Knitting for Beginners - Learn the Knit Stitch

In this knitting tutorial, you'll learn the most basic stitch, the knit stitch. Now, let's get started!

Step 1:  Place the needle holding the cast-on stitches in your left hand, ensuring the yarn tail is at the bottom, and the working yarn (the yarn attached to the ball) is at the top near the needle tip.
Step 2:  Holding the second needle in your right hand, insert the tip of this needle into the stitch (or loop) closest to the tip of the left hand needle.  Looking at the image above, the needles form an X  (left hand needle in front, right hand needle behind and working yarn in back).

Step 3:  With your right hand, move the working yarn from the back, forward between the needle tips (towards your body). 

Step 4:  With the right hand needle tip swoop downward and catch the yarn that you just moved forward drawing it through the loop.
Step 5:  With right hand needle, slide the loop just made off the left hand needle. One knit stitch made.

Repeat these steps across the row. When you reach the end of the row, place the needle with the knitted stitches back in your left hand and continue knitting. When you knit every row, that is also known as the Garter Stitch.

When you are ready to take the stitches off the needle, that is known as binding off. Learn how to Bind Off >

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Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.