Knit

The knit stitch is the easiest row, you create garter stitch knitted fabrics.

to learn. By knitting every and the simplest of all

IHold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the loose yarn at the back of the work. Insert the point of the right-hand needle from left to right through the front of the first stitch on the left-hand needle.

2 Pass the yarn from left to right over the point of the right-hand needle.

3 Bring the point of the right-hand needle with the yarn back through the stitch, pulling through a loop which makes a new stitch on the right-hand needle.

4 Slip the original stitch off the left-hand needle, keeping the new stitch on the right-hand needle. Pull the yarn end to tighten the stitch onto the needle.

5 Repeat steps 1-4 once into each of the stitches on the left-hand needle, until all the original stitches have been dropped and all the new stitches are on the right-hand needle. You have now knitted your first row.

Turn the needles around so that you are now holding the needle with all the stitches on it in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand, ready to work the next row in the same way.

The purl stitch is a little more complicated to master. Using a combination of knit and purl stitches together forms the base of most knitted fabrics. The most common fabric knitted is stocking stitch, created when you knit 1 row, then purl 1 row. Working alternate knit and purl stitch (1 or 2 of each) within a row creates rib, an elastic stitch used in this book for scarves, hat turnback and the wrists of gloves.

IHold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand, with the loose yarn at the front of the work. Insert the point of the right-hand needle from right to left through the front of the first stitch on the left-hand needle.

2 Pass the yarn from right to left over the point of the right-hand needle.

3 Bring the point of the right-hand needle with the yarn back through the stitch, pulliftg through a loop which makes a new stitch on the right-hand needle.

4 Slip the original stitch off the left-hand needle, keeping the new stitch on the right-hand needle. Pull the yarn end to tighten the stitch onto the needle.

5 Repeat steps 1-4 once into each of the stitches on the left-hand needle, until all the original stitches have been dropped and all the new stitches are on the right-hand needle. You have now purled one row.

Turn the needles around so that you are now holding the needle with all the stitches on it in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand, ready to work the next row in exactly the same way.

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