18 Easy Knitting Stitches You Can Use for Any Project

18 Easy Knitting Stitches You Can Use for Any Project

If you’re a beginner knitter or just have a hankering to give it a go, we’ve got the blog post for you.

Knitting has been around for centuries and early on was practiced out of a necessity in order for people to have warm, durable clothing. Today, knitting is practiced as a hobby, and more often than not, a passion.

Just because you’re a newbie knitter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to create gorgeous, handmade knitwear for your family and friends. With all the yarn and patterns out there, learning to knit can be completely overwhelming. But, once you’ve got some easy, basic stitches under your belt, you’ll be knitting up a storm.

The only things you’ll need are knitting needles and yarn and you are ready to begin. If you stick with it, knitting could provide you with hours of entertainment and/or peace and quiet to gather your thoughts. Check out our list of 18 Easy Knitting Stitches You Can Use for Any Project.

So pick up those needles and read on… but most of all, have fun!

(Oh and by the way, if you’re looking for photos and step by step instructions of these stitches, and much more I highly suggest you check out Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary: More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up and in the round, here. It’s a fantastic resource for knitters!).

 

Knit Stitch

The knit stitch is one of the most basic and simple stitches you’ll learn.

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Yarn Bown

Ok, ok technically this isn’t a crochet stitch, but it sure makes your stitches easier. This yarn bowl is amazing for keeping your yarn in order while crocheting. I was hesitant to purchase this because of the price; but I am glad I did. It’s beautiful and functional. I got mine on Amazon here. 

Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette stitch is one of the most popular, yet easy knitting stitches. It is perfect for any project and for learning the basics of knitting and purling.

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The Knit Anywhere Mug

This is my favorite knitting mug. I love the little knitting rhyme it has…and it’s definitely true for me (haha). You can pick up your mug here.

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The Garter Stitch

The garter stitch is the most basic and simple of knitting patterns. It is the first pattern most beginning knitters learn.

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The Seed Stitch

The seed stitch is a very easy Knit and Purl stitch that gives a beautiful raised dimple effect, almost like scattered seeds. The seed stitch (also known in the UK/Australia/New Zealand as the Moss Stitch) is similar to the Garter Stitch in that it doesn’t curl.

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The Linen Stitch

The linen stitch in knitting, sometimes known as fabric stitch, is one of those ingenious stitch patterns that can result in different looks just by changing up the color scheme.

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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.

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(Oh and by the way, if you’re looking for photos and step by step instructions of these stitches, and much more I highly suggest you check out Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary: More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up and in the round, here. It’s a fantastic resource for knitters!).

The Netted Stitch

Here’s a stitch to make your knitted pieces really stand out! Think it’s complicated? Think again, you will get the hang of this stitch before you know it.

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Bamboo Stitch

With a two-row, three-stitch repeat, the bamboo stitch is so easy you can knit it while binging on your favorite TV show without dropping a stitch or a line of dialogue.

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Basketweave Stitch

Traditional basket weave stitch – an “easy-to-do” basic knitting stitch.

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The Cartridge Belt Rib Stitch

The Cartridge Belt Rib Stitch is a mock rib pattern that is very easy to do and also reversible. It’s great for afghans, sweaters, and scarves.

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Herringbone Lace Rib Stitch

This really beautiful stitch is knitted by combining knitted and purled stitches so that in the end you have a mixture of eyelet and rib stitch. It’s really easy to learn especially because all you really need to do is repeat two rows over and over again.

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Diagonal Basketweave Stitch

Diagonal basketweave is one of those knitting patterns that looks so intimidating, but once you understand the method is a lot of fun to knit.

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Single Rib Knit

Single rib knitting pattern is formed by alternating knit and purl stitches to form vertical columns. It produces a very elastic reversible fabric that is generally knitted on a smaller needle, than the main fabric to keep it firm.

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Raspberry Stitch

This stitch is one of the most popular and useful knitting stitches.

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Herringbone Stitch

In this video, we will show you how to work the herringbone stitch, a great, textured stitch for interior projects

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Diamond Honeycomb Stitch

Here’s a nicely textured stitch and one that’s fairly simple to do.

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Chinese Wave Stitch

The pattern is lovely, giving a thick, textured fabric. This stitch is based on garter stitch, so there’s no purling and it doesn’t curl up.

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Tiles Stitch

An easy knitting stitch with rows of reverse garter and stockinette tiles.

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So, what do you think? Have you found a few stitches that you want to try? Once you learn the basics, you’ll be able to take on more complex patterns and alternate stitches to create a variety of beautiful items.

(Oh and by the way, if you’re looking for photos and step by step instructions of these stitches, and much more I highly suggest you check out Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary: More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up and in the round, here. It’s a fantastic resource for knitters!).

Learning to knit can be completely overwhelming but our list of 18 easy knitting stitches you can use for any project will have you knitting up a storm. Soon you’ll be able to take on more complex patterns and alternate stitches to create a variety of beautiful items.

4 Responses
  • Taylor s
    December 26, 2016

    I love those pattern!!! I knit a lot myself and this is very helpful and an easy way to learn patterns. I am actually going to do the herringbone for my next headband.

  • Judith kirk
    January 19, 2017

    Hi
    I love these different stitches. I knit baby cardigans and hats for a local hospital. I use a basic pattern and then try to put a date fferent design on them. Some of these would be a great to me.
    Judith

  • Ellen
    February 8, 2017

    Looks fabulous, but can’t seem to find directions?

    • Brittany
      February 15, 2017

      Hi Ellen. Thanks for stopping by… Just click the links on each of the stitches and it will take you to the post with information on each of them 🙂

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