STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

How to knit

How to knit

Mastering the two basic knitting stitches will enable you to follow a knitting pattern and create all sorts of marvellous things. Knit stitch creates a simple ridged fabric known as garter stitch when worked on its own. When worked in alternate rows with purl stitch it forms a smooth textured stitch known as stocking stitch.

Follow this simple step-by-step guide from HobbyCraft to help you get started...

  • Getting started: casting on

    Getting started: casting on

    To make the very first loops on your needles, you need to ‘cast on’ some stitches. For easy step-by-step instructions to help you cast on, visit the HobbyCraft website knitting guide.

  • Knit stitch - step one

    Knit stitch - step one

    Insert the tip of the right needle through the first loop on the left needle, from front to back. Then wrap the working yarn around the tip of the right needle.

  • Knit stitch - step two

    Knit stitch - step two

    Pull the tip of the right needle and the yarn through the loop on the left needle.

  • Knit stitch - step three

    Knit stitch - step three

    Slip the old loop off the left needle to complete the stitch. Continue knitting.

  • Purl stitch - step one

    Purl stitch - step one

    Insert the right needle through the front of the first stitch on the left needle from right to left and wrap the working yarn around the tip of the needle as shown.

  • Purl stitch - step two

    Purl stitch - step two

    With the tip of the right needle, pull the yarn through the loop on the left needle.

  • Purl stitch - step three

    Purl stitch - step three

    Slip the old loop off the left needle, leaving a new stitch on the right needle. This completes the purl stitch. Continue in the same way until all the stitches on the left needle have been purled. This completes one purl row.