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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 beginner 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.

One of the best things about knitting is the wide variety of beautiful stitches. But what if you don't know many stitches, or you're just getting started? What if you could have 50 unique knit stitches in your hands? This 50 Knitting Stitches class has every beautiful knit stitch you could want to create endless, exciting projects! 

Now, the only things you’ll need are knitting needles and yarn and you are ready to learn how to knit. 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 knitting needles and read on… but most of all, have fun!

Knit Stitch

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

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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 Garter Stitch

The garter stitch is the most basic and simple of knitting patterns. It is the first pattern most people who are starting out on their knitting journey 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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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.



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 knit 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 to knit this stitch especially because all you really need to do is repeat two rows over and over again.



Diagonal Basketweave Stitch

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

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Single Rib Knit

A 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 tutorial, you'll learn how to work the herringbone stitch. All you need to know is how to knit, how to purl, and how to slip stitches.

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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.

Mastering these knit stitches and how to use them in any pattern will allow you to explore endless creative options, patterns, and combinations. If you're more of a visual learner, stop by and check out the 50 Knit Stitches video tutorials class.

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

    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.

  • 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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