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10 Must-Know Knitting Stitches for Every Knitter

Updated: Oct 27, 2023



Here are ten popular knitting stitches that you may want to try:

  1. Garter stitch: This is the most basic knitting stitch and is created by knitting every row. It creates a flat, ribbed fabric that has a lot of stretch.

  2. Stockinette stitch: This is created by alternating between knitting and purling rows. It creates a smooth, even fabric that is perfect for sweaters, scarves, and other projects.

  3. Rib stitch: This is created by alternating between knit and purl stitches within a single row. It creates a fabric that has a lot of stretch and is often used for cuffs, collars, and hems.

  4. Seed stitch: This is created by alternating between knit and purl stitches within a single row and on every row. It creates a fabric that has a lot of texture and is great for scarves, hats, and other projects.

  5. Cable stitch: This is created by crossing stitches over each other to create a braided or twisted effect. It's a popular choice for sweaters and other projects.

  6. Lace stitch: This is created by using a combination of knit and purl stitches, along with yarn overs, to create a lacy, open fabric. It's a popular choice for shawls, scarves, and other projects.

  7. Fair Isle stitch: This is a colorwork technique that involves knitting with multiple colors to create intricate patterns. It's often used for sweaters and other projects.

  8. Intarsia: This is another colorwork technique that involves knitting with multiple colors to create patterns. It's similar to Fair Isle, but the colors are worked in blocks rather than continuous strands.

  9. Knit and purl textures: This involves using a combination of knit and purl stitches to create a variety of textured patterns, such as moss stitch, seed stitch, and rib stitch.

  10. Brioche stitch: This is created by knitting together two stitches and then slipping one stitch over the other to create a thick, ribbed fabric. It's a popular choice for hats, scarves, and other projects


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