How To Knit

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How to Cast On with the Thumb Method

In knitting, casting on with the thumb method is quick and easy, but the thumb cast-on (sometimes called e-loop) doesn’t look as nice as the cable cast-on — and it isn’t easy to knit into. The two-strand [more…]

How to Knit, English-Style

Most knitters in the U.S. use the English style of knitting, as opposed to the Continental style. To knit in the English style, hold the yarn in your right hand, and hold the knitting needle with the cast-on [more…]

How to Knit, Continental-Style

When you knit Continental-style (as opposed to English-style), you hold both the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Both methods give you the same results. The important goals are [more…]

Knit and Purl in the English Style

Knitting and purling in the English style is the most common method in the United States. To purl in the English-style, you just work a knit stitch backwards: Instead of going into the stitch from front [more…]

How to Purl, Continental-Style

When you purl in the Continental style, you hold both the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Purling (whether Continental or English style) is just like working a knit stitch backwards [more…]

How to Bind Off or Cast Off Knitting

To bind off or cast off knitting, you secure the stitches in the last row worked so they don’t unravel. Binding off and casting off knitting is also called [more…]

How to Knit the Garter Stitch

Garter stitch is one of the easiest and most common stitch patterns in knitted fabrics. You create garter stitch by knitting every row. (You can create garter stitch by purling every row, too. Neat, huh [more…]

How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette stitch is a basic knitting stitch. To knit stockinette stitch (abbreviated St st), you alternate a knit row with a purl row. Stockinette stitch [more…]

How to Knit the Seed Stitch

Seed stitch consists of single knits and purls that alternate horizontally and vertically. Seed stitch gets its name from the texture of the knitted fabric — the little purl bumps look like scattered seeds [more…]

How to Rib Stitch

Knitting the rib stitch creates ribs, or textured vertical stripes. The rib stitch consists of columns of knit stitches alternating with columns of purl stitches. To make a ribbed pattern, you change from [more…]

How to Make a Knitted Yarn Over

A yarn over (abbreviated yo) makes an extra stitch on your needle and creates a deliberate little hole in your fabric. Yarn overs are an indispensable part of lace knitting. They have a multitude of other [more…]

How to Slip Stitches

In knitting-speak, to slip a stitch (abbreviated sl st) means to move a stitch from the LH needle to the RH needle ("slip" it) without knitting or purling it [more…]

How to Knit through the Back of the Loop

When knitting through the back of the loop, you’re changing the direction from which the needle enters the stitch. By knitting through the back of the loop [more…]

How to Make a Bar Increase

The bar increase is best for increases worked at the edge of your knitting, where it’ll be enclosed in a seam. The bar increase gets its name from the telltale horizontal bar under the increased stitch [more…]

How to Work a Make 1 Increase

To work the make 1 increase (abbreviated m1), you create a new, separate stitch (hence, making 1 increase) between 2 stitches that are already on the needle. [more…]

How to Knit into the Stitch Below

Knitting into the stitch below is a technique used for increasing stitches. Your instructions may tell you to “knit into the stitch below,” often abbreviated k1b or k-b. When you increase a stitch, you [more…]

How to Make a Double Increase with a Yarn Over

Working a double increase with a yarn over results in 3 stitches being made from 1 stitch. (Work a double increase to add 2 stitches in the same place. A [more…]

How to Create a Double Increase with a Make 1

Creating a double increase with a make 1 adds a new stitch on either side of an existing center stitch. Make the increase symmetrical by twisting the m1 increase before the center stitch to the right and [more…]

How to Increase at Several Points in the Same Row

To increase several stitches evenly across a row, you must figure out the best spacing for these increases in the same row. [more…]

How to Purl Two Stitches Together

To work a decrease from the purl side, purl 2 stitches together (abbreviated p2tog) instead of knitting them together. You can purl 2 stitches together although most knitting patterns have you decrease [more…]

How to Slip, Slip, Knit

Slip, slip, knit (abbreviated ssk) results in a left-slanting decrease. The slip, slip, knit decrease is the mirror image of knit 2 stitches together (k2tog): It slants to the left. [more…]

How to Pass a Slipped Stitch Over

Psso refers to pass slipped stitch over, which makes a bound-off stitch in the middle of a row. Pass slipped stitch over is a decrease that appears in certain stitch patterns and in double decreases [more…]

How to Make Double Decreases

Sometimes, you need to decrease 2 stitches at the same time when knitting; this is called double decreasing. Certain stitch patterns depend on double decreases, and sometimes you need a double decrease [more…]

How to Find and Secure a Dropped Stitch

When you think you’ve dropped a stitch, the first thing to do is find and secure the dropped stitch. When you drop a stitch, it’ll cause your knitting to unravel, so find and secure it immediately. [more…]

Pick Up a Dropped Stitch in the Row Below with Knit Stitch

Pick up a dropped stitch in the row below by using a knit stitch or purl stitch. To pick up (fix) a dropped stitch by using the knit stitch, you first find and secure the dropped stitch. Continue knitting [more…]

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