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Plain stitch and backstitch

If you think about it, knitting is a bit like tennis. There are two instruments, something akin to a ball as well as two basic shots "the forehand and backhand" which in Italian are translated as our plain stitch and backstitch. The real difference is that in knitting you play alone and, when in doubt, you cannot file a complaint with the umpire. Who, in any case, would not admit you were right. So, make yourself comfortable and take a deep breath.

Those things attached to your arms which are sweating at this very moment are called hands. It might seem superfluous to remind you but one is the left and the other is the right. Taking this fact into account, hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand (yes, that's the one).

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The ball end of the yarn must be kept in your right (you have two, we said so above. You can't go wrong).

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As always, your right hand will be useful for keeping the remaining yarn. At this point, wrap the ball end of the yarn around your little finger, passing over your ring finger, under your middle finger and over your index finger. It would appear that the thumb has gone on vacation at the right time!

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Insert the point of the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle and, holding the ball end tighly, wrap it going from the bottom to the top on the right needle.

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Lightly pull back the right needle and remove one stitch, letting the new stitch fall from the left needle. Replicate the steps described until you reach the end of the needle.

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Insert the point of the right needle into the first stitch placed on the left needle and with the yarn wrap the right needle with a top to bottom movement. 

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Pull the right needle back a bit and remove the stitch, letting the new stitch fall from the left needle. Replicate the steps described until you reach the end of the needle. Does it all seem the same as what we told you previously! Good. That means you've got a flair for knitting, seeing that you have just had your first "up close and personal" with the Backstitch.