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Knitting Stitches

By: Roxanne McDonald - Updated: 28 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Knitting Stitches Knitting Patterns

You've knitted your share of scarves in the stockinette stitch. You've purled your way through dozens of hats. Right. Now it's time to get more involved and use the two knitting stitches in combination—for a richer, more textured collection of greater variety:

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Diamond Lattice Pattern Stitch

For a crossed stitches knitting design which is raised and which has some elasticity, try the Diamond Lattice Stitch

  • For the beginning (cast-on) row: multiple of 14 sitches plus 1
  • Row 1: k1 (yo, k2,p3, p3tog), p3, k2, yo, k1
  • Row 2: p4, k7, p3, end w/p1
  • Row 3: k1, (k1, yo, k2, p2, p3tog , p2, k2, yo, k2)
  • Row 4: p5, k5, p4, end w/p1
  • Row 5: k2, (p1, k1) X4; p1, k2
  • Row 6: (p1, k1) X6; p1
  • Row 7: RE row 6
  • Row 8: RE row 6
  • Row 9: RE row 5
  • Row 10: RE row 4
  • Row 11: RE row 3
  • Row 12: RE row 2

For the first through twelfth rows, repeat as many times as necessary.

Mock Cable Pattern Stitch

For a knitting design that is reversible, try the Mock Cable Stitch:

  • For the beginning (cast-on) row: multiple of 10
  • Row 1: p4, k1, p1, k4
  • Row 2: p3, k2, p2, k3
  • Row 3: p2, k2, p1, k1, p2,
  • k2
  • Row 4: p1, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1
  • Row 5: k2, p3, k3, p2
  • Row 6: k1, p4, k4, p1
  • For the first through sixth rows, repeat as needed.

Pine Trees Pattern Stitch

For a knitting design that is unusual, try the Pine Trees Stitch:

  • For the beginning (cast-on) row: multiple of 14 plus 1
  • Row 1: k1 (yo, k2,p3, p3tog), p3, k2, yo, k1
  • Row 2: p4, k7, p3, end w/p1
  • Row 4: k1, (k1, yo, k2, p2, p3tog
  • , p2, k2, yo, k2)
  • Row 5: k1, (k2, yo, k2, p1, p3tog, p1,
  • k2); yo, k3
  • Row 6: (p6, k3, p5); p1
  • Row 7: k1, (k3, yo, k2, p3to
  • g, k2, yo, k4)
  • Row 8: (p7, k1, p6) p1
  • Row 9: k1 (k4, yo, k1; then
  • slip 1, k2tog, and pass slip st over, k1, yo, k5)
  • Row 10: purl row
  • Row 11: k1, (k5, yo, s
  • lip 1, k2tog, pass slip st over, yo, k6)
  • Row 12: purl row

For the first through twelfth, repeat as necessary.

Seed Pearl Pattern Stitch

For a knitting design with many possibilities, reversibility, and fabric that lies flat, try the Seed Stitch:

  • For the beginning (cast-on) row: multiple of 2.
  • Row 1: (k1, p1)
  • Row 2: (p1, k1)
  • Repeat first and second rows as many times as necessary.

Umbrella Pattern Stitch

For an all-over knitting design or just for a single panel, try this Umbrella Stitch of German origin:

  • For the beginning (cast-on) row: multiple of 18 plus 1
  • Row 1: (p1, followed by sequence, repeated X4: p1 in back of stitch, and k3; p1 in back), p1
  • Row 2: (k1, yo, k1 in back, p2tog, p1; k1 in back, p1, p2tog, k1 in back, yo), k1
  • Row 3: (p2, p1 in back, k2; p1 in back and k3 X2; p1 in back, k2, p1 in back, p1), p1
  • Row 4: (k2, yo, k1 in back, p2; k1 in back, p1, p2tog X2; k1 in back, p2, k1 in back, yo, k1),
  • k1
  • Row 5: (p3; then 4: p1 in back and k2; p1 in back; p2), p1
  • Row 6: (k3, yo, k1 in back, p2to; k1 in back and p2 X2; p1 in back; k1, p1 in back, p3), p1
  • Row 7: (p4, p1 in back, k1; p1 in back and k2 X2; p1 in back, k1, p1 in back, p3)p1
  • Row 8: (k4, yo, k1 in back, p1; k1 in back and p2tog X2; k1 in back, p1, k1 in back, yo, k3)k1
  • Row 9: (p5; do this X4:p1 in back and k1; p1 in back, p4), p1
  • Row 10: (k5, yo, k2tog back of loop, k1 in back, p1 X2, k1 in back, k2tog, yo, k4), k1
  • Row 11: (p6, p2 in back, k1, p1 in back, k1, p2 in back, p5), p1
  • Row 12: (k6, k2 in back, p1, k1 in back, p1, k2 in back, k5), k1

For the first through twelfth rows, repeat as needed.

Now, stay tuned for the next knitting instructions for more great knitting patterns!

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