How To: Knit the Knit Stitch

Knit the Knit Stitch

Once you have learned to Cast On, you will need to learn the Knit Stitch.   Once you have learned the Knit Stitch, you will be able to start a project!

Step 1 Position your needles.

To start, hold the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand.  The empty needle is in your right hand.  Point the needles toward each other to form an X.

How to Knit the Knit Stitch

Step 2 Starting the stitch.

Insert the point of the right needle into the first stitch, from front to back, just as in casting on.

How to Knit the Knit Stitch

Step 3 Knit stitch technique.

Keep the needles crossed by holding both needles with the thumb, index and middle fingers of your left hand. You do this by holding the right needle with the thumb nail on top facing you, and the nails of the index and middle fingers underneath the right needle and facing away from you. With your right hand, pick up yarn and wrap the yarn counterclockwise under and around the bottom needle. Do not wrap it around the left needle.How to Knit the Knit Stitch

Hold the yarn in place around the right needle in between your right thumb and index finger and pull the right needle towards you, through the center of the stitch on the left needle.

How to Knit the Knit Stitch

 The right needle should now be on top of the left needle.

Pull the remaining yarn off the left needle by pushing the right needle up and to the right, then pull the newly formed stitch off the left needle onto the right needle.  You will have knitted a new stitch onto the right needle.

How to Knit the Knit Stitch

Watch the video for the step-by-step instructions on knit stitching:

Video demonstration of the knit stitch

2 Comments

Judy, thank you for spreading the love of knitting and for showing us all how to do many wonderful things. As a new knitter, I can tell you that Judy has taught me most of what I know and I have improved so much in the 10 months I've been knitting, all thanks to Judy!

Thanks so much, Debbie. I'm using this site to add some how to articles, in addition to the videos.
Happy knitting!

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