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‘Learn to Knit’ MINI SERIES, Week 2: The Knit Stitch

Have you pulled your knitting needles out of the closet yet?
Or did you go buy your first set?
If not, you better hurry.
Today is week 2 of the ‘Learn to Knit’ MINI SERIES with Rebecca Danger.
(Week 1 found here.)
As a complete knitting rookie myself, I’m in love this series and hope you’re enjoying it too.
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Hey there MakeitandLoveit-ers!
Rebecca Danger here again for week 2 of learning to knit! I hope everything went well last week? Youe got your yarn, you got your needles, you’ve got 24 stitches cast on and ready to go? Awesome! This week we are going to get started on the “Knit Stitch” part of knitting. Yeah! So exciting.
Just so you know, I am going to teach you the “Continental” style of knitting, where you hold the yarn in your left hand (also called “picking”). It is the faster way of knitting and my personally preferred style.
So, you’ve got your 24 cast on stitches from last week, right? Hold up the needle with the stitches in your left hand so the pointy end of the needle is facing your right hand. Letting the tails dangle down as they want to, grab the yarn coming from the ball (not the tail left from casting on). Let’s get it wrapped around your hand. Wrap once or twice (whatever feels comfy) around your left hand pinky to tension it.

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Run it over the BACK of your fingers

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And over your index finger

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Place your middle finger on the back of the first stitch on the needle, “holding” it in place

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Make sure your “working yarn” (the yarn coming from the ball, in other words the yarn you are working with) is coming from the back of your needle (as you see in the pictures). Grab your second needle in your right hand. Put it through the first loop on the needle, moving from bottom of the stitch to top, and from the front of the stitch to the back.

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See how your working yarn is running right behind the stitch? Wrap your yarn OVER the needle tip, making a wrap around your needle. Make sure the yarn is going over the needle as in the picture. You can remember which way to go with a rhyme. The correct way around is the shorter route, so just remember, “The Long Way Around Is The Wrong Way Around.” Make sense?

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Pull that wrap back through the loop on your left hand needle

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And slip the loop completely off your left hand needle

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You just knit a stitch!

See that after making the wrap through the loop, you transferred that new loop from your left needle to your right needle? Keep repeating.

Up through the loop.
Wrap over the yarn (the long way around is the wrong way around, go over the short way)
Bring the wrap back through the loop
Drop the loop off the left hand needle
Yeah! You are knitting!

Repeat the above steps until you are across the row. Here’s what it will look like a few stitches across

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When you get to the end of the row, you are going to switch the needle with all the stitches (currently in your right hand) on over to your left hand and start over. Set up your hands and needles and yarn so it looks like it did when you started the last row. Make sure to pull the yarn to the BACK behind the stitches before you start.

Go right on up through that stitch, wrap, pull through the loop, drop, and keep going across this row. Repeat, about a million times until it feels really comfortable. Here’s what your washcloth will look like after several rows:
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Keep going until your washcloth measures about 8” long, or whatever looks like a washcloth shape to you. Next week we’ll finish this up and bind off the last row.

I know knitting can be terrifying, but guess what….there are only 2 stitches that ALL of knitting is based on:
Knit and Purl.

Once you learn those stitches, you have 95% of the skills it takes to do any knitting project. Awesome, right? Especially since you know 50% of those stitches already. I know, really cool.

Next week we will learn how to finish this up by binding off. So, practice those knit stitches and get really comfortable with them, and get your washcloth to 8”or so and ready to finish before then, ok? See you next week!

Wanna see it “in-action” as opposed to my still images? I recommend this video.

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Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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