Knit Stitch

This is the first stitch that most people learn in knitting.  For the knit stitch, always remember to keep the working yarn behind your needles.  If switching from purl to knit stitch, you will move your working yarn from the front of the work to the back of the work, between the needles, to prepare for a knit stitch.

Pattern Abbreviation:  k


To work the knit stitch:

  Step 1:  You must first cast on or pick up stitches to have a foundation of stitches on your left needle.  (See Knit Tutorial Index for techniques used to cast on or pick up stitches.)

Step 2: Keeping yarn tensioned over your left index finger, insert the needle from front to back through the first loop on the needle.   Keep the right needle under the left needle and the yarn behind.

With your left index finger, bring the working yarn from the bottom over the right needle to create a loop on the right needle.

Step 3:  Pull the loop on the right needle through the stitch on the left needle.
Step 4: Moving your right needle, slip the stitch off of the left needle  This completes a knit stitch.  Continue to make as many knit stitches in the row as desired.