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Knit Stitch in English Knitting

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The Knit Stitch
cast on

Stitches have been cast on and are ready for knitting.

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The knit stitch is the basis for all other knitting. Once you know how to cast on and knit, you can make the most basic projects like washcloths, scarves, even a basic afghan.

Once you have cast on the number of stitches required for your project, you are ready to begin knitting. And if you've used the knitted cast on, you already know most of what you need to know about making the knit stitch.

This tutorial shows how to make the knit stitch in what's known as the English (sometimes also called American, throwing or right-handed) style, where the yarn is held in the right hand. Another option is the continental style, also known as German or picking, in which the yarn is held in the left hand.

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