Knitting Stitches & Designs

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Knitting Cables

The simple technique of cabling (crossing one group of stitches over another) lends itself to many interpretations in knitting. It's easy to do, you can make all kinds of interesting and imaginative cable [more…]

Reading Stitch Patterns for Knitting

Once you know how to knit and purl, you can combine these stitches in a seemingly endless variety of textured stitch patterns, not to be confused with garment or project patterns. [more…]

How to Knit Colored Stripes

Knitting colored stripes is a quick and easy way to get started in color work. Colored stripes allow you to use as many colors as you please while working with only one color at a time. [more…]

How to Cast On with the Two-Strand Method

When you cast on with the two-strand method in knitting, you need only the RH needle. The two-strand cast-on method (or long-tail method) is a great all-around cast-on for your knitting repertoire. This [more…]

How to Use the Cable Cast-On Method

The cable cast-on method, or knitting on, is less elastic than the two-strand cast-on. Use cable cast-on (abbreviated cable co) when you need a sturdy, not-too-stretchy edge or when you need to cast on [more…]

How to Cast On with the Thumb Method

In knitting, casting on with the thumb method is quick and easy, but the thumb cast-on (sometimes called e-loop) doesn’t look as nice as the cable cast-on — and it isn’t easy to knit into. The two-strand [more…]

How to Knit, English-Style

Most knitters in the U.S. use the English style of knitting, as opposed to the Continental style. To knit in the English style, hold the yarn in your right hand, and hold the knitting needle with the cast-on [more…]

How to Knit, Continental-Style

When you knit Continental-style (as opposed to English-style), you hold both the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Both methods give you the same results. The important goals are [more…]

Knit and Purl in the English Style

Knitting and purling in the English style is the most common method in the United States. To purl in the English-style, you just work a knit stitch backwards: Instead of going into the stitch from front [more…]

How to Purl, Continental-Style

When you purl in the Continental style, you hold both the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Purling (whether Continental or English style) is just like working a knit stitch backwards [more…]

How to Knit the Garter Stitch

Garter stitch is one of the easiest and most common stitch patterns in knitted fabrics. You create garter stitch by knitting every row. (You can create garter stitch by purling every row, too. Neat, huh [more…]

How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette stitch is a basic knitting stitch. To knit stockinette stitch (abbreviated St st), you alternate a knit row with a purl row. Stockinette stitch [more…]

How to Knit the Seed Stitch

Seed stitch consists of single knits and purls that alternate horizontally and vertically. Seed stitch gets its name from the texture of the knitted fabric — the little purl bumps look like scattered seeds [more…]

How to Rib Stitch

Knitting the rib stitch creates ribs, or textured vertical stripes. The rib stitch consists of columns of knit stitches alternating with columns of purl stitches. To make a ribbed pattern, you change from [more…]

How to Slip Stitches

In knitting-speak, to slip a stitch (abbreviated sl st) means to move a stitch from the LH needle to the RH needle ("slip" it) without knitting or purling it [more…]

How to Work a Make 1 Increase

To work the make 1 increase (abbreviated m1), you create a new, separate stitch (hence, making 1 increase) between 2 stitches that are already on the needle. [more…]

How to Knit into the Stitch Below

Knitting into the stitch below is a technique used for increasing stitches. Your instructions may tell you to “knit into the stitch below,” often abbreviated k1b or k-b. When you increase a stitch, you [more…]

How to Increase at Several Points in the Same Row

To increase several stitches evenly across a row, you must figure out the best spacing for these increases in the same row. [more…]

How to Purl Two Stitches Together

To work a decrease from the purl side, purl 2 stitches together (abbreviated p2tog) instead of knitting them together. You can purl 2 stitches together although most knitting patterns have you decrease [more…]

How to Pass a Slipped Stitch Over

Psso refers to pass slipped stitch over, which makes a bound-off stitch in the middle of a row. Pass slipped stitch over is a decrease that appears in certain stitch patterns and in double decreases [more…]

How to Make Double Decreases

Sometimes, you need to decrease 2 stitches at the same time when knitting; this is called double decreasing. Certain stitch patterns depend on double decreases, and sometimes you need a double decrease [more…]

How to Find and Secure a Dropped Stitch

When you think you’ve dropped a stitch, the first thing to do is find and secure the dropped stitch. When you drop a stitch, it’ll cause your knitting to unravel, so find and secure it immediately. [more…]

Pick Up a Dropped Stitch in the Row Below with Knit Stitch

Pick up a dropped stitch in the row below by using a knit stitch or purl stitch. To pick up (fix) a dropped stitch by using the knit stitch, you first find and secure the dropped stitch. Continue knitting [more…]

How to Pick Up a Dropped Stitch in the Row Below with Purl Stitch

Pick up a dropped stitch in the row below by using a purl stitch or knit stitch. To use a purl stitch to pick up the dropped stitch, find and secure the dropped stitch. Continue working the current row [more…]

Pick Up a Dropped Stitch from Several Rows Below

To pick up a dropped stitch from several rows below, you need a crochet hook. Pick up a dropped stitch from several rows below by drawing the unworked strand through the dropped stitch from the front or [more…]

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