Continental Knitting Knit Stitch

Continental Knitting for beginners – Learn the Knit Stitch with Oma’s step-by-step guide

Continental Knitting Knit Stitch for Beginners step-by step

Learn the continental knitting knit stitch with Oma’s step-by-step instructions. It’s as easy as eins, zwei, drei!

The explanation of this site is in support to my youtube video. To watch the video click here.

I’ve adopted Continental Knitting as The Oma Way of knitting because of its speed and efficiency. The ability to control the tension of the yarn with less difficult movements makes this a more relaxed, effective, and enjoyable method of knitting. As you’ll soon see, your hands will become tools and machines.

In this video, I’ll go over a brief introduction to knitting, while sharing some of my own personal experiences with this amazing craft, along with the first three key steps to Continental Knitting Knit Stitch: cast on, knit stitch, and bind off.

From how to hold your needles in the beginning to how to make a washcloth in the end, this is an easy step-by-step guide for beginners.

I’ve been knitting for over 50 years, but soon you’ll be an expert yourself. Just take your time and be patient. Remember, no one has ever written a book without first learning the ABCs. Enjoy!

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Preparation and guiding the yarn for cast on:

                  Knitting materials                                     Winding of yarn                               Guiding yarn  for cast on

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               Guiding yarn  for cast on                      Guiding yarn  for cast on                     Guiding yarn  for cast on

Step 2                                                            Step 3                                                        Step 4

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Cast on:  

                   Cast on – Step 1                                          Cast on – Step 2                                         Cast on – Step 3        

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                    Cast on – Step 4                                         Cast on – Step 5                                        Cast on – Step 6

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                        Cast on – Step 7                                       Cast on – Step 8                                        

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Knit stitch: guiding yarn and positioning of knitting needle in left hand

          Guiding yarn left hand                                       Position needle                                        Yarn and needle

                                                                                             left hand                                            combined left hand

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 Positioning knitting needle right hand:

       Knitting needle right hand


Knit stitch continental knitting using both hands:

                  Knit stitch – Step 1                                    Knit stitch – Step 2                                      Knit stitch – Step 3

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                Knit stitch – Step 4                                      Knit stitch – Step 5

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Binding off:

                Binding off – Step 1                                    Binding off – Step 2                                    Binding off – Step 3

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               Binding off – Step 4                                 Binding off – Step 5

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Finishing work:

                 Finishing – Step 1                                        Finishing – Step 2                                       Finishing – Step 3

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Edge Stitch

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Knit one - purl one Ribbing and Fringes

Knit one – Purl one, Ribbing and Fringes

Knit one – Purl one Continental Knitting Ribbing and Fringes!

How to knit the rib stitch, how to create fringes -easy tutorial knitting lesson for ribbing and fringes!

The explanations are easy to understand and are in support of Oma’s video “knit one – purl one ribbing and fringes tutorial”

Click here to watch video.


Calculation of stitches and how to get there!

The pattern in the example of calculating the stitches is  * knit one – purl one* . In this case the stitch pattern has 2 stitches. You want to end with the same stitch as you started, though that both sides of your work have the same pattern. Measure the width you want and estimate an approximate amount of stitches. The number has to be a multiply of 2 (stitch pattern) plus the amount of the half of the stitch pattern, which is here 1. Once you have your amount of stitches, you always have to add 2 more stitches for the edge stitches (one stitch on the beginning and one stitch on the end of a row).

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Explanation of abbreviation:

  • SP = Stitch Pattern
  • FS = Front Side
  • BS = Back Side
  • ES = Edge Stitch
  • K   = Knit Stitch
  • P   = Purl Stitch

Ribbing in combination with different fringes

Ribbing  stitch pattern  *1 knit – 1 purl*  and fringes with beads

Multiply stitch pattern by 2 plus 1 stitch plus 2 stitches for edge stitch.

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Ribbing stitch pattern  *4 purl – 2 knit and fringes with braids

Multiply stitch pattern by 6 plus 4 stitches plus 2 stitches for edge stitch. This applies

if you start with 4 purl stitches. If you start with 2 knit stitches, you multiply

the stitch pattern by 6 plus 2 stitches (knit stitches) plus 2 stitches for edge stitch.


Ribbing stitch pattern  *2 knit – 2 purl*  and fringes with buttons

Multiply stitch pattern by 4 plus 2 stitches plus 2 stitches for edge stitch.

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*Garter stitch*  with simple fringes

Knitted or purled on both sides of the work


Winter Knitting Homeless

Knitting for a great cause. Help the homeless this winter.

Winter knitting homeless support

It’s cold outside, brutally cold. From the East Coast to further up north, people are living on the streets—fighting freezing temperatures with almost nothing. Thousands of men, women, and children are without homes and greatly affected by this drastic weather. Some can barely make it to the shelters. What can you do? How can you help? It’s simpler than you think. In addition to dropping off or handing out unwanted coats and jackets, why not knit something from the heart? Meet up with friends and have a knitting party, called winter knitting homeless support. Advanced knitters can create gloves and hats. Even beginners can work on a simple scarf. Here’s how: View Oma’s Step-by-Step Continental Knitting for Beginners Video.

HINT: Using large needles and chunky yarn will help you finish your scarf faster.

If you like, you can leave me a message with a picture of the project you made—by yourself or with your friends—on my website. I’d love to see and share it. Plus, add a note where your heartfelt creation was made. (City, State.)

Please share this link with those who have a passion for knitting—and a compassion for those who are less fortunate.

A little knitting can go a long way. Let’s start a campaign “Winter knitting homeless support”. All it takes is 2 knitting needles and a ball of yarn.

Please go to and stay in touch. If you sign up, you’ll automatically be entered to WIN ONE of THREE GREAT PRIZES—either the hat and scarf set, or one of the knitted scarves handmade by me personally. See below. It’s FREE! No strings (or yarn attached)!

Thank you, Oma

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Continental Knitting Purl

Continental knitting purl stitch. How to learn purl stitch with a step-by-step guide.

Continental Knitting Purl Stitch for beginners

Welcome back! Here is the follow up video for continental knitting purl stitch for beginners. Learn in a step-by-step guide how to do the purl stitch. This edition delivers a short review of the continental knitting knit stitch and then introduces with a step-by-step guide to the continental knitting purl stitch. This instruction is well suited for beginners, as well as for advanced knitters who are interested learning the continental way or “The Oma Way” of knitting. Furthermore, I will explain the edge stitch again and how to sew two pieces together.

After you have followed the lesson in my first video continental knitting for beginners knit stitch and have had some time to practice on your own, you are certainly well on your way with a solid foundation for bigger and better things—such as the ability to knit different patterns.

Can’t wait to share the skill of continental knitting purl stitch with you! You will also find a short review of continental knitting knit stitch as well as how to cast on, how to do the edge stitch. Furthermore I explain how to sew two pieces together.

Yours, Oma