Knitting stitch patterns are so fun to knit. I so enjoyed creating this page because it gave me a chance to try out some stitch patterns I’ve been curious about.
Make sure to have a ball of yarn and needles handy because I am sure you will want to try some.
The best way to find out if a stitch pattern is easy, is to try it. Sometimes I’ll look at a stitch pattern and think it’s just too difficult but I try it anyway. Most of the time they are surprisingly simple.
Sometimes even, a stitch pattern will make more sense as you knit your way through it. Sounds weird, but it works.
So please try it anyways OK? You’ll probably surprise yourself.
I have also created a page for you to look at about reading stitch patterns and understanding about knitting multiples. It may help you understand before you start looking at all the pattern stitches.
One of the most important things to learn when you start knitting is how to identify what the basic knitting stitches look like – the knit stitch and the purl stitch. So let’s start there first.
Then we can have some fun with the knitting stitch patterns.
Remember: When you begin knitting any of the knitting stitch patterns here always remember that when you knit the knit stitch your yarn will be at the back of your work and when you knit the purl stitch your yarn will be in the front.
Garter Stitch Beginnings
I just love knitting the garter stitch. To me its the finest form of simple knitting I know of.
When you knit every stitch on every row it is called garter stitch and it looks like this. In a way it looks rustic and yet can be so pretty in many different patterns like sweaters, scarves and blankets. In fact I’m using it now on a temperature blanket.
Garter stitch knits up to a flat, firm and yet stretchy and squishy fabric that looks the same on both sides. And the best thing is it doesn’t curl so it makes great borders, edgings and buttonhole bands.
You can use garter stitch instead of ribbing stitches along the cuffs or borders of sweaters. It’s just one of those great all around knitting stitch patterns that looks great and has many uses.
Then Comes Stockinette Stitch
The most common stitch pattern you will come across besides Garter stitch is the Stockinette stitch pattern and is also know as stocking stitch. This is created by knitting one row and purling one row.
The knit side creates a nice smooth surface and you can easily see the knit stitches on the front side or right side (RS) of your work. See all the V’s? Those are knit stitches. The yarn I used was a little fluffy but you can still make out the V’s.
And when you turn the Stockinette stitch pattern over you will see all those bumps. This is the purl side. Usually it is the wrong side of your work however there are many knit patterns out there using this stitch and it’s called reverse stockinette stitch. If you are working the reverse stockinette stitch pattern the purl side will actually be on the right side and the wrong side will be the knit side.
Fun with Knit and Purl Knitting Stitches
These knitting stitch patterns are simple combinations of knit and purl. The best thing is they are really pretty and fun to knit.
Seed Stitch and Moss Stitch: These stitch patterns are timeless and really simple to knit.
Basketweave Stitch: This knitting stitch pattern is so nice and it’s really easy to do. Of course there are pattern variations so I decided to show you a couple. After all it’s always nice to have choices.
Andalusian Stitch: This is really pretty and so easy to do too.
Diamond Brocade: Elegant, pretty and so easy to knit.
Single Chevron Stitch: Delicate and pretty
Waffle Stitch: This is just lovely.
Twisted Stockinette: A nice change from the classic stockinette stitch.
Rib Stitch Patterns
Rib stitch patterns are a wonderful way to create texture in your knitting and more importantly they create some elasticity in your fabric.
Here are a few ribbing stitch patterns to take a look at. I have started with the most common rib stitch patterns.
Basic rib stitches: These rib stitch patterns are the basics to learn because you’ll find you use them a lot.
Would you like a little more adventure with ribbing stitch patterns? If you would, take a look at these. Some are easy and some get a little more challenging. Just have some fun with them.
Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern: This is quite simple to do and looks so pretty.
Broken Rib Stitch: This lovely stitch pattern looks really nice on both sides and it’s easy to do.
Seeded Rib Stitch: One word, beautiful and easy. OK three words.
Knitting Cables and Cable Knitting Stitch Patterns
Get started with knitting cables. You can do it. Or at least have fun trying.
4-Stitch Cable: Very simple and easy to learn.
OXO Cable: So fun and sentimental too.
Woven Cable Stitch: Really cool texture
Eyelets and Lace Knitting Stitch Patterns
Here are a few of my favorite lace and eyelet stitch patterns.
Old Shale Stitch Whether you call it Feather and Fan or Old Shale this stitch pattern is lovely
Cloverleaf Eyelet Stitch This is so pretty and has a feminine elegance
Horseshoe Lace Stitch Beautiful stitch pattern
I will be adding more knitting stitch patterns over time. I just love them, so keep checking back often.
Where would you like to go from here?