Knit Stitch - Continental or American

Note: This is a compiled version of the Knit Stitch tutorials in my How to Knit series.

After casting on, you are ready to begin working. The design will either ask you to knit (abbreviated "k") or purl ("p") into loops you made in your cast-on row. Since you are just learning, you should practice the knit stitch until you are very comfortable with it before moving on to the purl stitch.

Rules Of Knit Stitch

Choose whether you want to try the Continental or American style of holding your yarn, then get to work learning the knit stitch.

Whether you are working in Continental or American style, the knit stitch has the same rules of formation:

  • Working yarn goes behind the needles

  • Right needle is inserted into first stitch on Left needle from left to right, front to back

  • Yarn goes between the needles from left to right, bottom to top

  • Finished stitch should have the right β€œleg” of the stitch in front of the needle

How To Do It

Knit Stitch: Continental Style

In Continental Style, the working yarn is held in your left hand. Holding it in such a way as to achieve correct tension is key. Please see Holding the Yarn.

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Knit Stitch: American/English Style

In American (also known as English) style, the working yarn is held in the right hand. Creating proper tension by pulling on the yarn after wrapping is key. Please see Holding the Yarn.

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