One thing visitors to craft show tell our volunteer teachers and our Yarn Doctors is: “I can only do the knit stitch.”
This makes the knit stitch seem rather unimportant but as we always tell people, the knit stitch is the most important thing you will learn in knitting and it is in fact the most important stitch there is.
If someone has learned the knit stitch without much else they can already make scarves, head bands, phone and tablet cases, and potentially even a skirt.
They can create items that look different depending on whether they choose plain or variegated yarns.
Or try interesting striped patterns.
Throw in some simple knit stitch based increases and decreases and they can make a variety of squares and well as a simple top.
Or do the knit stitch in the round to create a stocking stitch fabric.
Once you have mastered the knit stitch, the purl stitch can be seen as a variation on making a stitch. Then you can take on pretty much any stitch pattern.
And of course casting off would be quite difficult without the knit stitch.