Knit & Purl Stitches
Knowing how to knit and purl gives a solid foundation to not only knit literally hundreds of patterns through various combinations of the stitches but is also the essential starting point to build on - as mastery of any skill requires a solid understanding of the basics. In fact, the majority of the more advanced techniques in knitting are generated through progressively more complex variations of these two basic techniques.
That is not to say that there cannot be beauty in the simplicity of the humble knit & purl, as evidenced by the collection of knit and purl stitches we have gathered below. These range from basic knitting stitches for beginners such as the Garter Stitch or Stockinette Stitch, to more advanced variations such as the Fur Stitch.
If you are just starting out in the world of knitting then we hope these stitches can give you some inspiration or if you are old hand who is looking for a something straightforward for their next project then please browse our collection below.
Knit & Purl Stitch Collection
Similar to the Trinity or Moss Stitch, the Box Stitch creates a raised diagonal texture.
Take the stockinette stitch and purl every nth row instead of knitting it, and you've got the Purl Ridge Stitch.
The Trinity Stitch (or Bramble Stitch in the UK) gives a raised blackberry type texture.
The Flag Stitch creates a repeating pattern of diagonally split flags.
No surprise as to how the basketweave stitch got its name, as it resembles the texture of a wicker basket weave.
Simple and straightforward stitch using alternating rows of knit and purl stitches.
The seed stitch is a very easy Knit and Purl stitch that gives a beautiful raised dimple effect, almost like scattered seeds.
The Lotus Stitch can be quite tricky, especially for beginner but generates a beautiful textured flower pattern.
The Left Diagonal Stitch gives a change of pace to the old knit and purl with this lovely cascading domino effect.
The Berry in a Box Stitch combines Knit & Purl increases to produce a beautiful layered, textured effect.
Beautiful dense and reversible ribbing style that is also very simple to knit!
The garter stitch is the first step into the world of knitting, as it is the easiest stitch pattern used in knitting projects.
The simple knit and purl can give rise to some wonderfully textured patterns such as the Broken Rib Stitch.
Variation on the 2x2 Rib with alternating rows of p2k2 and purl stitches.
The Diamond Moss stitch is a brilliant choice for giving some life to larger projects such as blankets or throws.
Mixture of 3x3 ribbing with stockinette stitch is used to generate this mock tartan effect.
A very simple variation on the stockinette stitch produces the subtle, and beautiful Andalusian Stitch.
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