If you’re like me and you have the knitting bug then I’m sure you’ve already jumped on Ravelry to check out the amazing patterns available.
All knitting patterns are like a recipe, but instead of food, they use stitches as the building blocks. By putting different types of knitting stitches together it’s possible to create amazing projects. To start with you’ll need to know how to cast on your stitches and both the knit and the purl stitch.
When you have mastered both knitting and purling, you’re ready to move on the learning some simple stitch patterns. It’s possible to create a ton of patterns just using knit and purl stitches and it’s amazing how some very basic stitch repeats can result in very different designs.
Simple Knit-Purl Combination Stitches
Composed entirely of knit stitches the Garter stitch is the easiest stitch pattern to learn. A great thing about this stitch is that it always lies perfectly flat. It also looks the same on both the front and the back.
This is the stitch most often used in sweater patterns. It looks like rows of flat V’s on the front (called the right side) and rows of bumps on the back (called the wrong side).
Reverse Stockinette Stitch
Reverse stockinette stitch is really just the same as the regular stockinette stitch. The only difference is that the bumpy side is considered the right side and the smooth side is considered the wrong side.
Garter Stitch Stripe
This pattern is basically made up of two rows of garter stitch and two rows of stockinette stitch. You could also vary the number of rows of stockinette stitch and garter stitch to vary the stripe pattern
Reverse Stockinette Stitch Stripe
This pattern looks very similar to the garter stitch stripe. However, the raised stripes are done in reverse stockinette stitch and therefore are fuller and rounder.
Seed Stitch (or Moss Stitch)
This is personally one of my favourite stitches as it creates such beautiful texture. Just check out this hat pattern. This stitch also lies flat and looks the same on both sides. It is worked over an even number of stitches.
Double Seed Stitch (or Double Moss Stitch)
This is a four-row pattern which looks similar to the seed stitch but with a larger texture. As with the seed stitch it is worked over an even number of stitches and lies completely flat.
Simple Seed Stitch
Simple seed stitch is another variation on the seed stitch pattern. You work it over a multiple of 4 stitches plus 5 (ie 5, 9, 13, 17).
Alternating Smooth Stitch and Tier
Stockinette Stitch Triangles
Double Fleck Stitch
There are many variations of the basketweave stitch but this is the basic one.
Diagonal Basketweave Stitch
This stitch almost looks like a woven fabric, hence its name. The front side has the woven look while the back features a grid of bumps. It lies flat and is often used in sweaters, blankets and scarves.
1 x 1 Rib Stitch
Due to its elastic nature, this rib stitch is often used for cuffs and hems but works well in other projects such as hats and scarves. You work this stitch by first casting on an odd number of stitches.
2 x 2 Rib Stitch
This stitch produces a larger rib pattern than the 1 x 1 rib stitch. Again, because it is very elastic it’s often found in cuffs and hems. You need to work this stitch in multiples of 4 stitches plus 2.
Two-Stitch Ribs Stitch
Four-Stitch Ribs Stitch
Uneven Ribs Stitch
Broken Rib Stitch
Seed Stich Rib