Knit Stitch: English Method

1. Cast on 20 stitches (or enough to practice several stitches).

2. Hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand, the empty needle in your right hand. Hold the needles a few inches from the tips, between your thumb and first couple of fingers.

3. With the working yarn in back of the needle, insert the right needle into the front of the first stitch (the one closest to the tip) from left to right (Figure 1, below).

4. Now with your right index finger, bring the yarn between the needles from back to front (Figure 2).

5. With your right hand, pull the right needle-which now has a loop of yarn around it-toward you and through the stitch (Figure 3).

You now have a stitch on the right needle. All you need to do to finish the stitch is to slip the old stitch off the left needle. Tug gently on the working yarn to secure the new stitch. Repeat this process through the end of the row! When you have knitted every stitch on the row, you will have an empty needle in your left hand. Swap needles so that the "full" needle is in your left hand and the empty one is in your right hand, and do it all over again!

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