Basic Knitting Stitches


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When you are learning how to knit the first stitches you need to master are the basic knitting stitches. These stitch patterns are usually the first ones that are learnt or mastered by beginners and can be used for a broad range of knitting projects.

 If you learn stocking stitch, garter stitch, moss stitch and simple ribbing you can begin to make some incredible items for you and your family.  

Basic Knitting Stitch Patterns - Stocking StitchStocking Stitch | © Deborah Mason & Knitting Naturally

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All of these stitch patterns use a simple combination of knit and purl stitches and can be used on their own or in combination with other knitting stitch patterns to make just about any knitted item in any pattern you like.

If you are still a beginner, practice these knitting stitch patterns until you can do them in your sleep (almost) and when you can control your tension and produce a consistent result you will be ready to tackle one of the more advanced knitting stitch patterns.

If you can master the knitting stitches on this page, there will nothing you cannot do.  Although a lot of knitting patterns look complicated and the end result appears to be intricate, all knitting stitch patterns are just a combination of knit and purl stitches in one form or another. 

Patterns are formed by creating eyelets (holes) by wrapping the yarn around the needle to create a new stitch and decreasing stitches by knitting two or more stitches together.  The cables in Aran knitting are just knit and purl stitches that are rearranged on your needle so that they are knitted in  different order to the rows below.  

Colourwork is still just knit and purl stitches using two or more colours.  Practice the basic knitting stitch patterns on this page and before you know it you will be ready to tackle much more complex stitch patterns!

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