Simple-Knitting Stitch Patterns
Creating Pretty Knitting Stitches

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.


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.

You can review how to knit here and how to purl here just in case you want to review.

In The Beginning - Knit and Purl

The most common stitch pattern you will come across is the Stockinette stitch pattern and is also know as stocking stitch.

This is created by knitting one row and purling one row.

Knit stitch

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.

reverse stockinette stitch

When you turn the stocking 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 knitting 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.

Garter Stitch

I so love knitting the garter stitch. It is to me, 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 afghans.

It knits up to a flat, firm and yet stretchy fabric that looks the same on both sides. The best thing is it doesn't curl so it makes great borders, edgings and buttonhole bands. You can use it instead of ribbing along the cuffs and borders of sweaters, socks and just about anything.

It is just one of those great all around knitting stitch patterns that looks great and has many uses.

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 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 stitch patterns over time.  I just love them, so keep checking back often. 

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