After you have cast on all your stitches (or finished a row) in a flat knitting project, your pattern will ask you to “turn your work.” This instruction is asking you to flip your needle over so that you can prepare to work the next row.
Whether you are working on circular needles or straight needles, turning your work is the same; the tip of the needle that is full of stitches will need to be turned 180 degrees and moved from your right hand into your left hand.
Below are both video and written tutorials to help you learn how turn your knitting and prepare to start the next row.
Video Guide: How to Turn Your Work When Knitting
Written Guide: How to Turn Your Work When Knitting
Turn Your Work, Step 1:
After you have cast on (or finished working a row), your stitches will be on the needle held in your right hand. The tip of the needle will be pointing toward the left.
Turn Your Work, Step 2:
To turn your work, flip your knitting needle over, so the tip points toward the right, then place it in your left hand.
Practice With My Free Knitting Pattern
If you want to follow along with me while I show you how to knit, use my Free Beginner Face Scrubby Pattern.
After you’ve learned to turn your work when knitting, you will be ready to learn how to hold your yarn to make the knit stitch.