Combined Knitting Knit Stitch

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The method I use for knitting & purling has been christened "Combined Knitting" and has been written about by Mary Walker Phillips in Creative Knitting and by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts in the Fall 2000 Interweave Knits magazine. As the name implies, it's a combination of Western (or German/ English/ American) style knitting and Eastern knitting (practiced in Asia, Africa, South America and Islamic countries.)

I find that this method of knitting is easier and quicker, creates a nicer tension with less "rowing out" and is much easier on the hands (less wrist strain.) If this method is different than how you've been taught, give it a try and you may discover a new love of knitting blooming! If you're a first time knitter - enjioy! You can master this right away!

This method also creates an incredibly even stitch - my knitting is frequently compared to machine knitting for it's regular tension and even stitching.

The knit stitch is one of two basic stitches (the other being purl) When viewed from the Right Side (RS) of the knitted fabric the knit stitch is smooth, when viewed from the wrong side (WS) the stitch has a horizontal bump.

For instructions on how to make a purl stitch, click here.

Knit Stitch Animated (above)
& Step by Step (below)

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