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Difference Between a Stitch and a Knit Row (Knitting Technique)

What is the difference between a knit stitch and a knit row? Let’s enjoy a moment to understand the distinction between a knit stitch versus a knit row. These terms can sometimes be confusing to new knitters.

I get this question a lot! So, let’s take a closer look at the difference.

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knitted swatch of garter stitch on knitting needles in white color yarn held by hands.

WHAT IS A KNIT STITCH?

A Knit Stitch is what you already are very familiar with creating. We created our slip knot and that was our first stitch in knitting. And then we Cast On more stitches.

Each of these cute little loops you cast onto your knitting needles are called stitches.

How to CAST ON Yarn in the Absolute Beginner Knitting Series by Studio Knit

WHAT IS A KNIT ROW?

All along your knitting needle is the Knit Row. All of these little stitches on your knitting needle make up one row. You will learn a lot more about knit rows as we create knit stitch patterns.

SWATCH - Learn How to KNIT STITCH in the Absolute Beginner Knitting Series by Studio Knit

WATCH VIDEO TUTORIAL TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A KNIT STITCH AND A KNIT ROW


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