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35+ Different Knitting Stitches with Patterns and Videos

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Knitting is an incredibly versatile craft, with a huge variety of different stitches to choose from. But which knitting stitches should you try first?

In this blog post, we will explore some of the most popular knitting stitches and show you how to do them. Grab your needles, and let’s get started.

a garter stitch swatch on the needles on a gray background

35+ Different Knitting Stitches

When I first started knitting, I was amazed – and slightly intimidated – by all of the different stitches and patterns I came across.

Like most beginners, I started with the basic knits and purls, before moving on to stockinette and garter stitch. But as I practiced and learned more, I discovered many more interesting and complex stitches that I could use. I remember the first time I tried knitting cables – it was like magic watching the stitches twist and turn on my needles!

If you’re interested in learning new knitting stitches, too, you’re in the right place. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of 35+ different knitting stitches for you to try. From easy beginner stitches like ribbing and moss stitch to more complicated ones like lace and cables, this list has something for everyone.

Knitting Stitches vs. Stitch Patterns

Before we get to the list, let’s quickly talk about the difference between knitting stitches and knitting stitch patterns.

knitting stitch is a basic knitting technique – the building blocks of knitting, if you will. There are only two basic stitches: knit and purl.

stitch pattern, on the other hand, is an arrangement of those two basic stitches that creates a visual pattern. For example, what we call “stockinette stitch” is actually a stitch pattern made up of alternating rows of knits and purls.

(Yes, knitting lingo can be a little confusing, especially because most knitters refer to “stitch patterns” as “stitches”).

There are hundreds of ways to combine knits and purls to create all sorts of different stitch patterns. That’s why knitting is so fun – you can use the same two stitches to make a huge variety of different textures.

So please, don’t be intimidated by the long list of stitch patterns below! Most of these stitch patterns are made up of the same basic techniques that you already know: knit and purl. And if you know how to knit and purl, you can make any of the stitch patterns on this list.

Knitting Stitch Patterns

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at some popular knitting stitches! We’ve organized this list into four basic categories so you can easily find the stitch you’re looking for:

1. Easy Stitches: These stitches are easy to master and use basic stitches (knit and purl). Examples include stockinette stitch, garter stitch, seed stitch, and moss stitch.

2. Ribbing Stitches: Ribbing stitches are great for making stretchy fabric, perfect for cuffs and collars. Examples include 1×1 ribbing, 2×2 ribbing, and broken rib.

3. Textured Stitches: These stitches create a textured fabric with raised bumps or ridges. Examples include seed stitch and bobble stitch.

4. Specialty Stitches: Add some extra interest to your projects with these specialty stitches, like lace and cables

35+ Knitting Stitch Patterns for Beginners and Beyond

Here is a list of different knitting stitch patterns that every knitter should try.

More Knitting Tutorials

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Monday 10th of April 2023

Just downloaded these simple patterns/tutorials. Slowly working my way through them. Very easy to follow and seems like I will definitely improve in confidence. Thank you Sarah for sharing your great gifts.