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

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 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: 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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