There’s a saying that all knitting is made up of just two stitches: the knit stitch and the purl stitch. That’s true … sort of. These basic knitting stitches can be combined to make all kinds of different patterns, from simple stockinette stitch to intricate cables and let’s not forget those beautiful lace knitting stitches.
Many of my favorite knitted items are made up of different stitch patterns, patterns that use knits, purls, yarnovers, increases, decreases, cable stitches and traveling stitches. These stitches can be combined to make all kinds of different visuals, from textural knit and purl stitch patterns to gorgeous colorwork to the most complex and beautiful lace designs.
Learn about these amazing knitting stitches in this free eBook!
We’ve gathered several stitch patterns from favorite designers here for you. These were originally published in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2011, and we presented them as gifts to you, our lovely readers. We love these stitch patterns, and wanted to make them available to everyone. You can use them on scarves, shawls, dishcloths, mittens, and wherever else you need a beautiful stitch pattern.
Cable and Lace Knitting Stitches by Carol Feller
A gentle cable flows through the stockinette portion and opens out into a branching lacy stitch. Try using this pattern at the neckline of a sweater or cuff of a sock.
Bromeliad Cable by Lisa Shroyer
Inventing cable motifs is so much fun! Unusual crosses, increases, and decreases make for an engaging pattern with big graphic impact.
Onda Reversible Lace and Cable Rib by Angela Hahn
A background of 1×1 rib makes this two-sided pattern doubly attractive—flip it over and it looks the same. Reversibility makes it ideal for scarves and cowls.
Poppies by Amy Christoffers
This pattern follows all the rules of traditional colorwork: short floats, no more than two colors per row, symmetrical repeats. Because the repeat is only eight stitches wide, it is well suited to small projects such as hats, mittens, and socks.
Incorporate the following motifs into knitted hats, mittens, and other fun knitting projects:
Ladylike Lace by Kathy Zimmerman
A wide, 17-stitch panel is set between narrower lace columns in this handsome stitch. It would look delightful running up the back of a knee-high stocking!
Chevron Lace by Courtney Kelley
This pattern started as a modification of a cat’s paw motif, and this one that was almost unrecognizable from the original inspiration.
Stavanger Fair Isle by Kate Gagnon Osborn
This colorwork pattern was inspired by the motifs from the 1930s, highlighted in Michael Pearson’s Traditional Knitting. Kate swatched over ten permutations—changing a stitch here, repeat there, placement of color somewhere else—which led her to this final design.
Lace Wedges by Melissa J. Goodale
Melissa was tinkering with ways to create clean diagonal lines with knits and purls. She decided yarnovers and decreases would add another layer of visual interest. She’s used versions of this pattern in two of her published designs.
Nuppy Diamonds by Chrissy Gardiner
Chrissy designed this pattern for use with variegated sock yarn. Nupps give visual interest without the bumpiness of a bobble.
Learn the different knitting stitches out there to take your knitting stitches to the next level!
Do knitting stitches intrigue you? Have you wanted to try new knitting stitches patterns, but didn’t know where to begin? Then this is the free eBook that you’ve been waiting for! The experts at Knitting Daily put together this collection of knitting stitches, just for you. Now you have your very own knitting stitch library! You’ll find knitting stitches for beginners as well as more involved stitches to keep you challenged. This guide to types of knitting stitches has all of the instructions that you’ll need to knit all nine stitches! Grab your free copy today.