How to knit

There are only two basic stitches in knitting. One is Knit, and the other is Purl. Learning how to knit both of these, will allow you to knit any instructions, for anything knit. While it might feel awkward knitting at this stage, if you take it slowly you will soon gain speed.


  1. Hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the other needle in your right hand.
  2. Push the tip of the right needle into the first loop on the left needle, so that the right needle crosses behind the needle.
  3. Make sure the yarn lies to the back of your needles.
  4. Hold 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.
  5. Start to gently pull the tip of the right needle back through the first loop towards you, bringing the yarn with it.
  6. 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.
  7. Carefully pull the new loop on the right needle to the tip of the left needle and let the old loop slide off. 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.
  8. Notice that the first knit stitch is now on the right needle. Knit all the cast-on stitches in the same way.
  9. Know that when all the stitches are on your right needle, you have finished your first row of knitting.
  10. 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.
  11. Knit the knit stitch row after row produces what is otherwise known as the garter stitch.
  12. Understand that knitting is not limited to making things to wear. There are many other things to make, for fun, to be played with or to give to the kids, or all ages..


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

Things You'll Need

  • A large pair of knitting needles
  • A smooth, large weight pure wool yarn

Knitting Terms & Abbreviations
How to knit
How to Purl
How to Read a Knitting Pattern
How to Join Yarn
How To Knit The Cable Stitch

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