Knitting Stitches & Designs

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How to Knit Ripple Stitch

When you knit ripple stitch, the purl stitches make wavy lines like zigzags. Ripple stitch is popular in afghans and scarves because it knits up quickly. Whether you choose a solid color, team colors, [more…]

How to Knit Diamond Brocade

Knitted brocade is characterized by an allover pattern of slightly raised stitches. This swatch of knitted diamond brocade is a good example of true brocade — as you can see with the raised diamond pattern [more…]

How to Knit Chevron

You can knit chevron patterns, like knitted arrows, when you stack increases on top of increases and decreases on top of decreases. The chevron shape comes from the stitches slanting away from the column [more…]

How to Knit Diagonal Ribbing

Knitted diagonal ribbing looks like stair steps. The diagonal ribbing in this fabric slants diagonally in one direction when viewed from one side and slants in the other direction when viewed from the [more…]

How to Knit the Box Stitch

The knitted box stitch has virtually the same personality as seed stitch, but on a larger scale. Box stitch is a great choice for blankets and scarves, but it can also give a great allover texture to a [more…]

How to Knit the Half Linen Stitch

Half linen stitch isn’t difficult to knit, and it creates an interesting fabric that looks and behaves almost like woven fabric. Half linen stitch resists vertical stretching, so it’s great for bags or [more…]

How to Knit the Broken Rib Stitch

Knitting has its share of stitches with poetic or funny names — for instance, the broken rib stitch. What’s broken in this broken rib stitch (which is a false rib) is the pattern. Only every other row [more…]

How to Knit the Two-Stitch Twist Cable

The two-stitch twist cable is easy to work and can stand-in for 2x2 ribbing. With the two-stitch twist cable, you knit with a slightly unorthodox technique that allows you to work without a cable needle [more…]

How to Knit a Four-Stitch Cable

Four-stitch front and back cables are knit cables small enough to be used as an allover pattern without overwhelming the knitted piece. Four-stitch front [more…]

How to Knit a Six-Stitch Cable

Knitting six-stitch cables is similar to four-stitch cables. You can knit a six-stitch left-twisting cable (abbreviated C6F) and a six-stitch right-twisting cable [more…]

How to Knit Feather and Fan Lace

Feather and fan (or Old Shale) knit lace creates an undulating line that’s great for borders, blankets, or wraps. You can find many feather-and-fan lace variations, but they all rely on a group of increases [more…]

How to Knit Climbing Vine Lace

The knitted climbing vine lace pattern features a strong vertical element. The climbing vine lace pattern is composed of 4 rows. The wrong-side rows are plain with the exception of the single knit stitch [more…]

How to Knit Two-Row Stripes

Two-row stripes are easy to knit and can be applied to any pattern. A baby sweater knit in two-row stripes has a nautical look, for example. You can make two-row stripes knitting flat or in the round with [more…]

How to Knit a Simple Stranded Pattern

Stranded (or Fair Isle) knitting patterns consist of repeated multicolor motifs. Try knitting a stranded swatch with this simple pattern, which creates little polka dots of color. You carry both colors [more…]

How to Knit a Small Fair Isle Motif

A small Fair Isle motif can be used as a simple knit border or as an allover pattern. This small Fair Isle motif pattern works well as an accent in all kinds of knitting projects. [more…]

How to Knit a Fair Isle Border

This Fair Isle border pattern uses five colors, so experiment a bit with your graph paper and colored pencils to get the Fair Isle border look that you’re after. [more…]

How to Knit the Puzzle Piece Mosaic

The puzzle piece mosaic looks a bit like jigsaw puzzle pieces, but it's not puzzling to knit. The puzzle piece mosaic is quite predictable; you'll soon discover a rhythm to knitting this pattern after [more…]

How to Knit the Woven Cord Mosaic

The knitted woven cord mosaic creates a dynamic design with strong diagonal elements. You can practice this woven cord mosaic by making a swatch that’s made with 35 stitches or any multiple of 16 plus [more…]

How to Knit the Little Boxes Mosaic

The little boxes mosaic creates a knitted pattern that looks like . . . well, little boxes. Practice this knitted little boxes mosaic pattern until you're comfortable with it. [more…]

How to Add Duplicate Stitch to Knitting

Duplicate stitch, also called Swiss darning, allows you to go back over your knitted stitches with a different color. When you do duplicate stitch carefully, you can’t even tell that the stitches weren’t [more…]

How to Knit a Scarf with the Box Stitch

Learning how to knit a scarf is exciting and allows you to create amazing garments to wear or give to family and friends as authentic gifts. You don’t need to be an expert to get started with knitting; [more…]

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How to Purl, English-Style

The English-style purl stitch is a common knitting stitch. This video shows you how to purl in the English style, where you hold the yarn in the right hand and wrap it around the right-hand needle as you [more…]

How to Make a Knit Stitch, English-Style

The English-style knit stitch is a common stitch. This video shows you how to knit in the English style, where you hold the ball yarn in the right hand and wrap it around the right-hand needle as you create [more…]

How to Knit and Purl, Continental-Style

To knit and purl in the Continental-style, you hold the yarn in your left hand. This video shows you how to knit and purl in the Continental style, where you pick up the yarn and pull it through the old [more…]

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