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Knitting Basics

Knitting Hands

I would like to impart some practical instruction in deciphering basic knitting language for those of you that have not had the opportunity to learn to knit previously.

I have found that watching someone knit is easier to understand than to read instructions off a page. Here are some videos that I felt do an amazing job of showing how to work your knit stitches. There are many useful videos online for those who want to learn more than what I have listed here. I hope that these videos are helpful enough that they will get you off to a good start. Here goes.

Casting On

Now onto Knitting and Purling

Once you have your first row of stitches cast on you can start creating your block the next instructions will cover your basic stiches. From these stitches all things knit are started.  There two basic styles of knitting Continental (which I prefer) and American or otherwise known as English. I have given examples of both style in the videos below.

The Knit Stitch




The Purl Stitch



Types of Basic Stitch Patterns

Stockinette Stitch

Garter Stitch

Seed Stitch

Binding Off


Stitch Abbreviations