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The Purl Ridge Stitch


The Purl Ridge stitch is a simple variation on the Stockinette Stitch and a member of the Knit & Purl Stitch family.

The stitch produces raised rows of "purl bumps" across the fabric. In our instructions, we create a purl ridge every four rows; although the width between these ridges can be varied depending on the look you are after (see picture).

The ridges are only visible on the right side of the fabric, with the wrong side looking like a standard garter or stockinette (WS) pattern. It's a very versatile stitch that will lend itself well to a multitude of projects, and can be especially useful for adding a bit more detail to a simple pattern.

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Cast on any multiple of stitches for your project. The first row consists entirely of knit stitches.

For the second row, again knit all the stitches. This row is your "ridge", as in a normal Stockinette Stitch pattern you would purl this row.

The third row again, consists entirely of knit stitches. Lastly, the fourth row consists entirely of purl stitches.

Once you have completed row 4, continue repeating rows 1-4 until you have the desired size.

If you want to vary the width between the ridges, simply add extra rows of Stockinette Stitch before repeating the pattern e.g. adding a row 5 (k all) and row 6 (p all) will create a six row gap between the ridges.

Difficulty Level:

Beginner Knitting Stitch Difficulty

Cast on:

Cast on any multiple stitches.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:


Traditional Instructions

Row 1: k all stitches.
Row 2: k all stitches.
Row 3: k all stitches.
Row 4: p all stitches.

Repeat rows 1-4 to desired length.

Purl Ridge Stitch Chart

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Purl Ridge Stitch Swatch Examples

Purl Ridge Example - Right Side

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Purl Ridge Example - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the Purl Ridge Stitch

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