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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting: Part 3

Once you have the desired number of cast on stitches, you can begin to knit or purl.


Knitting- When knitting, you insert the right needle into the cast on stitches on the left needle from front to back. In other words, the right needle will be behind the left needle after inserting into the first stitch. Once inserted, wrap the yarn around the right needle to form a loop and slowly pull this loop through the cast on stitch on the left needle. With your first knit stitch on the right needle, slip the “old” stitch off the left needle. The stitch should have a V shape with a smooth front. Here is an instructional video for the basic knit stitch.



Purling- You can think of purling as the opposite of knitting because the yarn is kept in the front and stitch is worked from back to front, instead of front to back as in knitting. You insert the right needle into the stitch on the left needle from back to front so that the right needle is in front of the left needle. The yarn, which is in front, is brought in a loop around the top of the right needle. You then bring the right needle under the left needle and pull the loop through the stitch as in knitting. Slip the old purl stitch off the tip of the left needle. The purl stitch makes a bumpy stitch. Here is a video for the purl stitch (with beautiful yarn and a wonderful accent in the voice!).


Stockinette Stitch- Although it sounds difficult, this stitch simply means to alternate rows of knitting and purling. Here are some great pictures of each side of a stockinette stitch.


Good luck!


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I need to know how to cast on

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It has been about 30 years since I knitted. Then, I only knitted flat things, but now, I am eager to knit again and learn a lot more. Thank you for these lessons. The presenters were great teachers! I am going now to make a dish cloth in the stockinette stitch for practice! My dream is to make socks for all my family for Christmas. I don't know how to use the four double pointed needles, but I hope to get help from you. Thank you so very much for getting me started again.

I'm left handed and sometimes have trouble shifting stitches from right handed to left handed. Would like to see alternative for left handers.

Thank you so mcuh for this! Emma

Wow very good deminstration for the pearl stitch very very helpful Thank you


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