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The Knit Stitch

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today I have another basic instruction video tutorial on how to do the knit stitch. Remember that when learning or teaching knitting there are as many different ways and styles to complete a certain stitch as there are knitters. I am sharing how I knit and this doesn’t mean it is the only or best way to knit. What is important is that the stitches are correct in the end and to share with others that there are many different ways to get there. Being comfortable with how you create the knit stitch is really what it’s all about. It will keep you coming back for more.

With that being said, here is how I work the knit stitch:

5 Responses to “The Knit Stitch”

  1. September 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm Sandee says:

    Did we have the same grandmother? I hold my yarn and pick it through exactly as you do. When I crochet I pretty much do the same yarn hold in the left hand and motion with my right hand holding the hook.

    I am a big fan of “do what works”, so I would never tell someone who throws the yarn to change, if that is what works for them, but I never understood all that extra motion when knitting.

  2. September 5, 2009 at 11:36 am elizaduckie says:

    That is the Continental method and you do it in a pretty typical way. May I suggest you put something light under your hands/get the camera closer. Those three reflected lights on the table are quite distracting. There are many pros as cons for any style of knitting.

    An excellent website for all sorts of help to knitters who use either the Continental or the No.Am/English Style is http://www.knittinghelp.com of particular help is the “decrease” and “increase” page where there is a fabulous visual as well as videos.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. September 5, 2009 at 11:43 am Kim says:

    lol – so far, it looks like we all have(had) the same wonderful grandmother :) I knit exactly like you, Susan. I’m left-handed, so it leads me to believe my Grandmother was also left-handed. Maybe not, maybe that’s how she was taught.

    I’ve also discovered that the way you knit, Susan, is also called “German” or “Continental” knitting. All the knitting jargon can get confusing, esp. when one is using acronyms :)

    Keep up the EXCELLENT work, Susan – we love you!

  4. September 6, 2009 at 10:48 am Linda from Easton, PA says:

    Yep, that’s me, only, since my grandmother didn’t knit I must be channeling someone’s nana! I drape the yarn over my left middle finger and sometimes I move the left hand needle to do all the picking so my right hand gets a bit of a rest. This is such a speedy way to knit!

  5. September 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm Mary Glynn says:

    I LOVE your idea of these video’s. I subscribed to your youtube feed (I am hainangel2000 on ravelry) anyway I will be sharing your video how to’s with all our charity’s volunteers. (heavenly angels in need) Our craft forum http://haincraftforum.org is where we will post them. These are so helpful!!! Thank you