Fun knitting stitch patterns - Pretty Knit 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 a stitch pattern will just make more sense as you knit your way through it. And a lot of times they're surprisingly simple. 

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 you can have some fun with the knitting stitch patterns.

In The Beginning - Knit and Purl

The most common stitch pattern you will come across is the Stockinette stitch pattern or as some people call it Stocking stitch. Stockinette stitch is created by knitting one row and purling one row.

See how 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. 

And notice the smooth side creates little V's? I outlined them of course to show you how well defined they are. Those are knit stitches.

When you turn the stockinette stitch pattern over you will see all those bumps. This is the purl side. It can be the wrong side of your work however 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 just love knitting the garter stitch. To me it's 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. Which if you'll notice looks a lot like reverse Stockinette doesn't it? I can't really tell them apart that easily.                                                           

In a way it looks rustic and yet can be so pretty in many different patterns like sweaters, scarves and afghans. My temperature blanket is made in Garter stitch and it's wonderfully squishy. 

Garter stitch knits up to a flat, firm and yet very 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.

Fun Knit and Purl Knitting Stitch Patterns

These knitting stitch patterns are simple combinations of knit and purl. The best thing is they are really pretty and fun to knit.

Andalusian Stitch: This is really pretty and so easy to do too.

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.

Diamond Brocade: Elegant, pretty and so easy to knit.

Seed Stitch and Moss Stitch: These stitch patterns are timeless and really simple to knit.

Seersucker Stitch:  Wow! This is pretty.

Single Chevron Stitch: Delicate and pretty

Twisted Stockinette:  A nice change from the classic stockinette stitch.

Waffle Stitch:  This is just lovely.

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.

Broken Rib Stitch: This lovely stitch pattern looks really nice on both sides and it's easy too

Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern: This is quite simple to do and looks so pretty.

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.

Mock Cables:  Easily knit a cable stitch look with these gems.

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.  

Cloverleaf Eyelet Stitch This is so pretty and has a feminine elegance 

Horseshoe Lace Stitch  Beautiful stitch pattern

Old Shale Stitch  Whether you call it Feather and Fan or Old Shale this stitch pattern is lovely

I will be adding more stitch patterns over time.  I just love them, so keep checking back often.  

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