Knitting Stitches for Beginners
Try These 7 Easy Knitting Stitches for Beginners
From the hundreds (if not thousands) of different knitting stitches we have hand-picked the following seven easy to learn knitting stitches for beginners.
Learning these seven stitches will give you a flying start in the world of knitting and allow you to very quickly create different textures and styles for your projects. In fact, you could create beautiful hats, scarves, cardigans and blankets from just these seven stitches and never learn another stitch in your life - but where would the fun in that be?
7 Easy to Learn Knitting Stitches for Beginners
The Garter Stitch is the first step into the world of knitting for the majority of people, as it is one of the easiest and (possibly as a result) the most common stitch patterns used in knitting projects.
This stitch will give a rugged look, comprised of a series of horizontal ridges which will feel bumpy to the touch - these ridges formed from the tops of knitted loops on every other row.
The Stockinette Stitch (also known as the Stocking Stitch in the UK/NZ/Aus) uses both the knit and the purl techniques.
The stitch is created by alternating rows; first row knit, second row purl and so on. The result is a fabric that give a smooth rows of stacked "V"s on the right side and resembles the garter on the wrong side.
1x1 Rib Stitch
The stitch gives a raised vertical rib texture, which is created casting on an even amount of stitches then alternating every stitch between a knit and a purl.
The Basketweave Stitch may look like it should be complicated stitch, but as I am sure you are now proficient with both the knit and the purl techniques this great stitch should be a dawdle.
The stitch gives a very distinctive texture and one can readily guess how it got it's name! This a simple 4x4 version of the basketweave stitch, and there are many variations of it.
Purl Ridge Stitch
It is another great example of combining the knit and the purl techniques together to create another beautiful texture.
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