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.

If you are making the Building Blocks Cowl/Hood with this tutorial, you get plenty of practice knitting before moving on to purling, but there is an option to work the knit stitch even longer if you need the extra time.

Rules of 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 needle
  • Right needle is inserted into first stitch on Left needle from left to right, front to back
  • Yarn goes from left to right between the needles
  • Finished stitch should have right “leg” of stitch in front of needle

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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