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The different types of stitches in knitting

As you probably know, a knitting stitch is composed of alternating purl and purl stitches, depending on the different rows and stitches of a project. So once you've mastered both purl and purl stitches, you can consider yourself ready to execute all the different types of stitches that exist !

The most common points : 

There are three types of stitches that are well known and among the most used by knitters. First of all, the moss stitch, which is made up exclusively of purl stitches and which is said to be the simplest stitch in knitting. Ideal for beginners ! 

Then we have the stockinette stitch, the reference in knitting, it consists in making a row of stitches right side up and then a row of stitches wrong side up. It is also the stitch usually used to give you the indication of the quantity of balls you will need for a project.

Finally, of course, comes the rice stitch. This last one consists in mounting the stitches and then, alternating on all the row, a stitch right side then a stitch on the reverse side,...and so on.

Other types of points : 

Although the three points mentioned above are the most common, there are others that are a little less known but not necessarily more complicated to master.

First, we have the wheat stitch. The purpose of this stitch is to knit the stitches as they appear, i.e. right side up or wrong side up, and then to counteract them from time to time. This means that every third row, for example, if your stitch is right side up, you knit it backwards and vice versa.

Then there is also the godron stitch. This one consists of knitting the first, third, fourth and sixth rows right side up and knitting the second and fifth rows wrong side up. This process always repeats these six rows until the end of your project. Note that this stitch gives a very elastic look to your projects !

The most famous coasts :

Ribs are what you find most of the time on the ends of your sweaters. There are several types of ribbing, but the most popular are 1/1 and 2/2 ribbing. 

To knit 1/1 ribbing, simply knit your first row one stitch right side up, one stitch wrong side up until the end of the row, then for all other rows, knit the stitches as they occur.

As for the 2/2 ribbing, the principle does not change! Only for the first row where, instead of making one stitch right side up and one stitch wrong side up, you will have to make two stitches right side up and two stitches wrong side up. Then, for all the other rows, you will just have to knit the stitches as they appear.

For the more experiences among you

Beyond the basic stitches and ribs, there are for the most expert among you, the foam ribs and the quilted ribs! Or, there are also twists that will bring a certain style to your work thanks to the use of a special needle. So, if you decide to challenge yourself with these last examples, we strongly advise you to watch several tutorials to help you and to arm yourself with determination.


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Written by Pia on Tuesday 19 April 2022 à 16:35, in Advice .

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