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Knitting has always been a craft passed on from generation to generation, here at eKnitting Stitches we believe in sharing that knowledge for free using easy to understand visual and written instructions.

Whether you are an old hand looking for inspiration for your next knitting project, you can sample our collection of knitting stitches or a complete beginner looking for straight-forward to understand instructions, you can find it here under one roof at eKnitting Stitches.

We are constantly adding to our online "stitchionary", our library of how-to's and a collection of fun blog posts on knitting related patterns, ideas and stories. If you can't find what you're looking try the search bar or feel free to contact us with a request for a stitch or technique to be added.

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The Andalusian Stitch

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The Andalusian Stitch takes the humble Stockinette Stitch and with just a little tweek of the Knit & Purl creates a subtle, yet beautiful texture.

The stitch itself is very much based on the stockinette pattern, but with every third row of what would typically be knit stitches replaced by a row of ribbing.

This deft change helps break up the uniformness of the plain old stockinette stitch and creates a subtle grid-like texture to the fabric. The great thing about this pattern is that it is still so simple, after a few four-row repeats you will find yourself on autopilot with the garment almost knitting itself.

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Cast on multiples of two stitches for your project.

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The Broken Rib Stitch

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Excellent stretchy and reversible stitch, the Broken Rib Stitch is great for fitted projects or areas that require some give, like cuffs and collars

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The Old Shale Stitch

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The Old Shale stitch is a traditional stitch from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, often confused with the Feather & Fan.

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Berry Stitch

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The Berry Stitch creates a stunning bobbled appearance using variations on Knit & Purl stitches.

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The Stockinette Stitch

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In the world of knitting you could say the Stockinette Stitch is the meat to the potatoes of the Garter Stitch.

The stockinette stitch (also known in the UK/Australia/New Zealand as the Stocking Stitch) gives a smooth stacked "V" appearance (right side) and resembles the the raised ridges of the garter stitch on the reverse (wrong side).

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7 Knitting Stitches for Beginners
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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.

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Knit & Purl Stitches

The Knit and Purl category as the name suggests is a range of different stitches created from two most basic knitting techniques (Knit and Purl).

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

Box Stitch

Similar to the Trinity or Moss Stitch, the Box Stitch creates a raised diagonal texture.

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Purl Ridge Stitch

Take the stockinette stitch and purl every nth row instead of knitting it, and you've got the Purl Ridge Stitch.

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Trinity Stitch

The Trinity Stitch (or Bramble Stitch in the UK) gives a raised blackberry type texture.

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Flag Stitch

The Flag Stitch creates a repeating pattern of diagonally split flags.

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Moss Stitch

The Moss Stitch is a close relative to the Seed Stitch, giving a pretty dimpled texture.

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Berry Stitch

The Berry Stitch gives a raised "berry" like texture to any knitting project.

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1×1 Rib Stitch

The 1x1 Rib Stitch is a very straightforward, reversible rib stitch.


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Basketweave Stitch (4×4)

No surprise as to how the basketweave stitch got its name, as it resembles the texture of a wicker basket weave.

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Stockinette Stitch

Simple and straightforward stitch using alternating rows of knit and purl stitches.

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Seed Stitch

The seed stitch is a very easy Knit and Purl stitch that gives a beautiful raised dimple effect, almost like scattered seeds.

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Lotus Stitch

The Lotus Stitch can be quite tricky, especially for beginner but generates a beautiful textured flower pattern.

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Left Diagonal Stitch

The Left Diagonal Stitch gives a change of pace to the old knit and purl with this lovely cascading domino effect.

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Berry in a Box Stitch

The Berry in a Box Stitch combines Knit & Purl increases to produce a beautiful layered, textured effect.

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Brioche Stitch

Beautiful dense and reversible ribbing style that is also very simple to knit!

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Garter Stitch

The garter stitch is the first step into the world of knitting, as it is the easiest stitch pattern used in knitting projects.

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Broken Rib Stitch

The simple knit and purl can give rise to some wonderfully textured patterns such as the Broken Rib Stitch.

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2×2 Garter Rib Stitch

Variation on the 2x2 Rib with alternating rows of p2k2 and purl stitches.

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Diamond Moss Stitch

The Diamond Moss stitch is a brilliant choice for giving some life to larger projects such as blankets or throws.

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2×2 Rib Stitch

The 2x2 Rib Stitch is a hardy looking, reversible rib stitch.


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Tartan Weave Stitch

Mixture of 3x3 ribbing with stockinette stitch is used to generate this mock tartan effect.

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Andalusian Stitch

A very simple variation on the stockinette stitch produces the subtle, and beautiful Andalusian Stitch.

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We are continuously adding new stitches to the collection, so be sure to check back in again! If you wish to request a specific stitch then please use the Contact Form to get in touch.

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