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2 ways: Continental and "English"


With the knit stitch you can, among other things, make...


... vests, scarves and cowls!


Continental knitting

With this way of knitting, you hold the yarn in your left hand together with the knitting needle. In general this is a quicker way of knitting, especially when you have to alternate between knitting and purling a lot. A piece of ribbing is a piece of cake, with continental knitting. You let the right hand needle do most of the work.

It's also mucht more comfortable. At least, I think so ;)

A lot has been written about the advantages and disadvantages of continental knitting. I'm not going to repeat all that here. My advice is to learn the continental method. But it's entirely up to you! 

The knit stitch continental

When knitting the knit stitch, the yarn is always on the "back" side of the work, so not on "your" side.

Always make sure that the yarn is on the correct side of the work, before you start knitting your stitch.


  • Hold the left hand needle in your left hand and (can you guess it..?) the right hand needle in your right hand. Weave the working yarn between your fingers, so that you can 'steer' the yarn with your index finger and keep a nice tension on the yarn. Like this for example: 


  • Insert the right hand needle into the first loop on the left hand needle, from front to back: 


  • Wrap the yarn with your index finger around the point of the right hand needle, from left to right: 


  • Using the tip of your right hand needle, pull the yarn through the loop: 


  • Carefully slide the old stitch on the left hand needle off the tip: 


You have knit a stitch using the continental method!


"English" knitting

This is the go-to method of knitting for many people in the Western society. You use your right hand to wrap the yarn around the needle, while holding the needle squeezed between arm and body.

This method usually knits slower than continental knitting. It's also less suited for knitting on circular needles (since you can't hold those under your arm). 

On the other hand, this method might be a bit easier to learn for beginners. If only because it's so recognizable - you might have seen your mother or grandmother knit like this.

For comfort, versatility and speed, I'd recommend you learn the continental way. But that is of course entirely up to you :) 


The English knit stitch:

When knitting the knit stitch, the yarn is always on the "back" side of the work, so not on "your" side.

Always make sure that the yarn is on the correct side of the work, before you start knitting your stitch.

  • Take the knitting needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand.
  • Insert the right hand knitting needle from front to back through the first stitch on the left hand knitting needle:


  • Take the yarn in your right hand. Make sure you’ve got the yarn that’s attached to the ball. 
  • Wind the yarn over the right hand knitting needle:


  • With your right hand knitting needle, pull through a loop:


You have knit a stitch! Your new stitch is on the right hand knitting needle, but still stuck to the old stitch on your left hand knitting needle. 

  • Carefully slip the original stitch off the left hand knitting needle: 


You have knit a stitch the English way!

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