The knit stitch is the first of two fundamental stitches in knitting, the second being the purl stitch (but I'll get to that later). Learning this is the second step in learning how to knit. If you missed the first step, check out my post on casting on for beginners here.

Literally every stitch pattern in knitting is based on varied combinations of the knit and the purl stitch. So, once you've learned these two the sky's the limit!

Let's get knitting!

Keywords in this post:
  • knit stitch - a flat vertical loop with a "v" like shape, also known as knitting and abbreviated as "k" 
  • short end - yarn end that does not lead to a ball of yarn, also known as a tail
  • ball end - yarn end that leads directly to your ball of yarn, also known as a working end

How to Knit

To recap, when knitting:
  • keep working / ball end of yarn at the back of your work
  • insert your needle into the front of the stitch from left to right
  • wrap your yarn under and over your needle and pull through

Holding your yarn will take a little time to get used to. Don't worry! There's no right or wrong way to hold your yarn no matter what you've heard. Yes, there are "proper" ways that aim to help you keep a steady tension but ultimately if it doesn't feel right your stitches will end up uneven anyways. What will work best is what feels most comfortable to you.

It's easier than casting on, right? Leave a comment below and let us know how you did or give us a shout out @tinselmint on twitter. Be sure to follow our YouTube channel and be the first to see our next how to video on purling!


  1. Thank you so much! You are an excellent teacher, so much so that I wish you were right here beside me to help me with my technique :)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I wish you all the best in your knitting adventures :)

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    1. You've discovered the down side (read "joys") of the knit stitch. This is a common problem. My very first scarf curled.
      You can fix this by blocking the piece once you're done or avoid it all together by adding a border a couple of k1, p1's before you start. Blocking is really easy, just a quick soak in some fiber friendly detergent like Eucalan then squeez out water lay flat and stretch out gently to ideal shape on a towel. I like to roll mine and set by a heater for a few hours before unrolling it again to complete the drying process.