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! 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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Getting started!


Preparation and guiding 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

continental Knitting Knit Stitch tension of yarn  OMA32  OMA33

 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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  • Tammy Ash

    Oma, I have been trying to switch to continental knitting for a week now and can’t seem to get my tension right. My first five or so stitches are loose then the middle is tight and the last five or so stitches are loose again. I was wondering if you have any tips on what I am possibly doing incorrectly. I have watched your video about ten times and just can not figure out what it could be. Thank you in advance

    • The Oma Way

      Hello Tammy, it could be that you are using a yarn that is either more bulky or thinner or stretches more than the cotton yarn I am using in the video. My first suggestion is that you should try to wrap the yarn instead of two times around the pointing finger three times around the pointing finger. My second suggestion is that you wrap it one time around the pinky before you guide the yarn to your pointing finger and as shown in the video two times around the pointing finger. Wish you good luck and hope this will help. Yours Oma

      • Tammy Ash

        Thank you Oma I have found the problem. I was using circular needles and I guess that transitioning from American knitting to continental knitting I was not ready for the circular needles. I feel like I am learning to knit for the first time again.
        Thank you for your wonderful videos and blog. I really appreciate you for passing on your knowledge.

        • The Oma Way

          Tammy, you are very welcome. My pleasure. Starting continental knitting with circular needles is very hard to do. Glad you figured it out. Yours, Oma

  • Peter Walker

    Thank you very much for making these videos. I am trying to learn how to knit because I like learning new things. My mother is German also and when I told her I was going to learn how to knit, she said don’t do it the American way. lol I now know what she meant.

    • The Oma Way

      Peter, thank you so much for your nice comment. Your mother is right. If you are a beginner, it is best to start with the continental knitting. If you learn it that way, it is easy to use as well the American way. It is harder to do it the other way around. Yours Oma