Kfpp: Knit/purl stitch and casting on

The author is not responsible for any injuries, illness, and/or death related to kniting, including but not limited to stabbing self with needle, strangulation by yarn, irritation due to type of yarn used, pummeling by others due to being scared by the knitter’s trying to figure out how exactly their sweater was knitted.

Also, KFPP is a really weird acronym.


I recommend you to get a pair of scissors.

After this is completed, I recommend that you retrieve yarn and/or unravel any rarely-used article of clothing. The thicker the unraveled clothing yarn, the fatter the stitches will be, and this means you should use fatter knitting needles. Unless you want the stitches to be really, really close together. The same applies to thin unraveled clothing yarn.

Knitting needles: You can have fat ones, thin ones, long ones, short ones, or chopsticks. Or any long, pointy, and relatively thin thing. Skewers are great. The fatter, the bigger the stitches.

(the double-ended wooden-looking one is part of a set of double pointed needles. Often abbreviated DPN. I LOVE THEM YOU SHOULD GET A SETTTT [You’ll need four-ish to work with them — they come in packs])


There are a lot more websites out there that provide patterns: ravelry.com is the first one that comes to mind. But I hate (and don’t have the patience for) reading patterns, and I have no money to buy them, so I make up my own. And then I write them down in Cynthia-knitting-ese, so no one else will have any idea what they mean.

Okay, so those of you who know how to knit already will probably have some idea as to what they mean.

I’m right-handed, so the right needle is the one I move around making stitches, and the left needle is the one that stays still. (Meaning, “left” refers to the one in the non-dominant hand, “right” is in your dominant hand. Sorry, lefties.)


Casting on, or How To Start The Project:

Tie a slipknot. Put the slipknot on the left needle and the right needle into the loop. Pull the loop tight.

Pull the yarn around the second needle, and pull the needle and yarn through the loop.

Put the most recently produced stitch (right needle) onto the other needle. Repeat until desired number of stitches is achieved, and remove the right needle.


The hardest part of this? Counting the stitches. I CAN NOT COUNT AT ALL.


Knit/Purl stitches:

So apparently I’ve taught myself this wrong and what I thought was the knit stitch was the purl stitch and the purl stitch was the knit stitch. These are the two basic stitches in knitting, and once you know them you can knit pretty much anything. It’s pretty similar to casting on. Sort of? In a weird way? I think?

Knit Stitch:

Insert the right needle into the back half of the stitch, front to back, and loop the yarn around it.

Pull the needle and yarn through the loop, remove the stitch from the left needle, and continue until the pattern says otherwise or until the end of the row.

And yeah, that’s it.

Purl Stitch:

This stitch is more comfortable for me to do, which is probably why I got knit/purl mixed up. It’s the same as the knit stitch EXCEPT you insert the needle into the front half, not the back, back to front.

You can tell the difference: when you look at the project with the left needle in its designated hand, knit stitches are flat, while purl stitches are bumpy.

That was a horrible explanation, so here are the photos, which will better explain on a larger scale:

Left: bumpy; right: flat.

Note: if you want something that looks like ^^^^, you need to switch the type of stitch each time, i.e. purl one row, knit one, repeat.

Things that will probably happen: dropping stitches, which I define as forgetting to knit / purl one of the stitches, thus resulting in a hole-ish thing in the middle of the project. Not sure how to avoid this.

Random stitches vanishing into nowhere. I have no idea how this happens, but it’s best avoided by keeping count of the stitches you make, which I perpetually forget to do. See above: can not count.


So you can now mess around with making flat things. I’ll give you a pattern for something in English:

  1. Cast on six stitches. (Or however many stitches you need to make it one inch wide.)
  2. Knit one row, purl one row, repeat until desired length.
  3. Wait for the next post. Or Google “cast off.”

Makes a bookmark. Of course it’s a bookmark.

As stated, next post will be casting off. And probably basic pattern-reading.


Was this okay? Did it make sense? Is anything incorrect / did I miss anything in this (I AM 99.999999% I GOT SOMETHING WRONG PROVE ME RIGHT OKAY)? As this is the first time I’ve done anything like this,





*faints, wondering if anyone understood this*


I apologize
for the often-horrible
photo quality.

(ARGH automatically generated shutter speeeeedd)


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