Knitting consists of just two essential stitches: the knit stitch and the purl stitch. The purl stitch is the same as the knit stitch, but made on the opposite side of the fabric.
Many stitch patterns include these two stitches, so you’ll want to learn both of these basic knitting stitches.
An important note before you start:
- When making a knit stitch, the yarn is held at the back of the fabric. The needle is inserted into the stitch from front to back, and left to right. This is referred to as inserting the needle “knitwise.”
- When making a purl stitch, the yarn is held at the front of the fabric. The needle is inserted into the stitch from back to front, from right to left. This is called inserting the needle “purlwise.”
Don’t worry about what this means until you review the lessons on how to make these basic knitting stitches. However, keep this distinction in mind because it will help you to avoid some of the most common beginner mistakes!
In this module, you’ll learn these basic knitting stitches:
1) Knit Stitch
2) Purl Stitch
3) Slip Stitch