Garter stitch and stockinette are the foundational building blocks of almost all stitch patterns in knitting. Everything you can learn about knitting will build on these skills—once you have these stitches down pat in your muscle memory, the world of knitting becomes so much more accessible, and fun.
Don’t fret if this feels clumsy at first, as everyone starting out will struggle to get their hands to make the right movements. We will show two different ways to hold your yarn: Continental or English. Continental style holds the working yarn in your left hand, and English style holds your yarn in the right. Your knitting style does not necessarily correlate with your hand dominance, so try both and see what feels right!
The tutorial begins after casting-on practice stitches—if you have never cast-on before, see our tutorial on the long-tail cast-on method.