The most basic stitch that one can knit – the knit stitch. Now that you’ve mastered casting on, you can start making your first swatch.
What’s a swatch? It is a piece of knitting to test or practice a stitch or stitch pattern. Cast on as many stitches as you like. 15 or 20 stitches is a good number. Make sure that you know what you are starting with and that the number of stitches remains the same on your needle.
Count to double check how many stitches you have. Too many? You may have accidentally pulled your yarn forward or knit 2 stitches in one stitch. Not enough? One of the stitches was missed when you were completing the row.
Practice making as many rows as you like. If you want to make something, casting on more stitches, say about 45 if you’re using size 5mm (size 8 US) needles and worsted weight yarn, will make you a very basic scarf. ?
Now for The Purl Stitch.