Knitting Stitches for Beginners

7 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?

Once you have mastered these seven, why don't you head over and try out some Cable and Twist stitches or how about some delicate Eyelet and Lace?

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7 Easy to Learn Knitting Stitches for Beginners

The following seven stitches are all comprised of two techniques or stitches, the Knit & the Purl. If you haven't come across these techniques yet or you want to brush up, then we recommended you first head over to our beginners guide.

Garter Stitch

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.

Stockinette Stitch

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 1x1 Rib Stitch is the simplest of the Rib Stitches. Again, the stitch is a combination of the two simplest techniques, the knit and the purl.

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.

Seed Stitch

The Seed Stitch which to be extra confusing when crossing the pond is called the Moss Stitch in the UK.

This wonderous knit/purl repeat stitch is a great reversible stitch that works well in combination with other stitches to make more complex patterns and textures.

Moss Stitch

The Moss Stitch (US) is closely related to the Seed Stitch above. This stitch is also commonly called the Double Seed Stitch or the Double Moss Stitch in the UK.

It is another great example of combining the knit and the purl techniques together to create another beautiful texture.

Basketweave Stitch

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

The Purl Ridge Stitch is a simple variation on the Stockinette Stitch feature above. By simply adding an extra row of knitted stitches, you create these beautiful rows of purl bumps

It is another great example of combining the knit and the purl techniques together to create another beautiful texture.

Tried all of the above? Then why not check out the full stitch dictionary?

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