Knowing how to knit these five stitch patterns is essential for all knitters, from beginners to experts.
Mastering these stitches will allow you to experiment with different knitting patterns and add texture to your projects.
What are some easy stitches for beginner knitters?
Many novice knitters prefer to begin with simple patterns such as garter stitch scarves or stockinette stitch blankets. Learning to knit can be difficult due to the abundance of yarn and patterns available. However, after you've mastered a few fundamental stitches, you'll be knitting like crazy. Note that just because you're a beginner knitter doesn't mean you can't make beautiful, handcrafted knitwear for your friends and family.
The Garter Stitch
For the majority of individuals, the Garter Stitch is their first step into the world of knitting because it is one of the simplest and (perhaps as a result) most prevalent stitch patterns used in knitting projects.
This stitch has a harsh appearance and is made up of a sequence of horizontal ridges that feel bumpy to the touch and are made up of the tops of knitted loops on every other row.
The Rib Stitch
The simplest of the Rib Stitches is the 1 X 1 Rib Stitch. The stitch is once again a combination of the two most basic techniques, knit and purl.
The stitch creates a raised vertical rib texture by casting on an even number of stitches and then alternately knitting and purling each stitch.
The Stockinette Stitch is one of the easiest stitch patterns in the knitting world. Sometimes also known as the stocking stitch, both knit and purl techniques are used in the Stockinette Stitch.
The stitch is made by alternating rows of knit and purl; first row knit, second row purl, and so on. The end result is a fabric with smooth rows of stacked "V"s on the right side and a garter look on the wrong side.
The Seed Stitch
Seed Stitch is the reversible knit/purl repeat stitch that is ideal for creating more intricate patterns and textures when used in combination with other stitches.
Moss stitch is a more extended version of seed stitch. Instead of alternating the pattern every row as you do with seed stitch, you work two rows of the same sequence of knits and purls before alternating.
In some patterns, this stitch is also referred to as the Double Seed Stitch or the Double Moss Stitch.
We hope these knit and purl stitch patterns inspire you to try them out in your next knitting project. For more such interesting blogs, visit the Vardhman Knitting Diaries: https://vardhmanknitworld.com/blogs/knitting-diaries
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