How To Knit The Knit Stitch

How To Knit The Knit Stitch

Expert knitter Rachel Ong shows you how to knit the knit stitch, which is the most basic stitch and should be preceded by our film How To Cast On.

Step 1: Row one

Hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the other needle in your right hand.

Push the tip of the right needle into the first loop on the left needle, so that the right needle crosses behind the needle.

Make sure the yarn lies to the back of your needles.

Holding the yarn nice and tight in your right hand wrap it around the tip of the right needle, counter clockwise, so that it sits in between the two needles.

Start to gently pull the tip of the right needle back through the first loop towards you, bringing the yarn with it.

Slowly pull the right needle all the way through then bring the right needle up, so that it's on top of the left needle.

Don't pull too hard or you will pull the needle right out.

Carefully pull the new loop on the right needle to the tip of the left needle and let the old loop slide off.

The first knit stitch is now on the right needle.

Knit all the cast-on stitches in the same way.

When all the stitches are on your right needle, you have finished your first row of knitting.

Step 2: Row two

Hold the needle that has all the stitches in your left hand.

You are now ready to start knitting your second row in exactly the same way as the first.

Knitting the knit stitch row after row produces what is otherwise known as the garter stitch.

Step 3: Top Tip

Keep the yarn taught after each stitch, so that the loops are close to the needle but not so hard that you can't slide the needle into them.

You'll soon find that the movements flow into each other as you get used to it and begin to pick up speed.