The Basic Knitting Stitches Made Easy

Ready to learn the basic knitting stitches? All you need is a pair of knitting needles and a skein of yarn of your choice and you’re ready to go. Knitting is a rewarding and relaxing hobby and a great craft for your little girl to spark her creativity with.

All knitting projects are begun with a simple slip knot and the length or the width determined by how many stitches you cast on. From there there is a great variety of different stitches and looks you can create. Starting with knitting and purling, the basic knitting stitches, is a great way for beginners to ‘get the hang of it’ and make some really cool things in the process. On this page I am giving instructions for just the basic knitting stitches, knitting and purling. Ready to begin knitting? The pictures and text are ready to guide you through learning to make the basic knitting stitches.

To begin you will need to make a slip knot.
Step 1: Make a loop of your yarn as shown.


Step 2: Bring the working end of the yarn through the loop and catch it up with your needle.


Step 3: Holding both ends of the yarn pull the knot tight on the needle. You now have a slip knot and you are ready to cast on.

Step 1: Now you are ready to start casting on stitches. Catch up your two ends of yarn so that the working end is looped around your thumb and the tail end looped over your index finger. Hold both ends together in the palm of your hand.

Step 2: Now using the point of the knitting needle, go up under the loop of yarn that is running across the side of your thumb. With that hooked on your needle catch up the string running over your index finger and hook it through the space created by catching up the yarn on your thumb.

Step 3: Drop the loop on your thumb and pull both ends of the yarn to tighten and secure your stitch. You have cast on your second stitch. Repeat the instructions to cast on as many stitches as you need.

Step 1: To knit insert your needle from front to back and make sure your yarn is in the back of your work.

Step 2: Loop your yarn over the needle you just inserted.

Step 3: Keeping the new loop hooked on your needle pull it through at the same time sliding the loop you pulled it through off your left needle. You have successfully knitted one stitch. Use this stitch to create many projects or combine with the purl make different variations.

Step 1: To purl move your working end of the yarn from the back to the front and insert your needle into the stitch from the back to the front.

Step 2: Keeping your working end in front loop it over the needle so that the end hangs down behind the right needle.

Step 3: Keeping the new loop hooked on your needle pull it through at the same time sliding the loop you pulled it through off your left needle. You have successfully purled a stitch.

Congratulations! You have learned the two basic knitting stitches. With these you will be able to make many simple projects.

When you are alternating rows knitting and purling, it is sometimes challenging to remember which you are supposed to be doing. The solution is easy. Think opposites. When the side facing you is the ridged side, the knitted side, you need to purl and when you are on the v-stitched side which is the purled side you need to knit. It’s that easy.

Hint: Alternate rows of knitting and purling to create a piece with the v-stitched look for scarves or sweater cuffs on one side.

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