For the real beginners among you here’s the lowdown on the most common of stitch types and a suggested road map to growing your skills.
- Every knitted item will contain at least a knit, a purl and a section of either stockinette or garter stitch.
- Once you have mastered these basics you can progress to interesting textures and pattern just using the knit and purl stitches.
- Then on to increases and decreases, which give shape to your knitted projects.
- After you have managed an increase or two you will find you are already on your way to lacework.
- Cables are the next simplest in the chain of techniques.
Now you can move into colour, so many choices are now opening up to you with a variety of colour work choices and textural tricks.
So lets get back to the basics
Knit and Purl
These are the stitches you often see in jumpers, a very useful combination used in almost every project.
Knit Stitches: The ‘v’s which form the front side of stockinette or stocking stitch.
Purl Stitches: These are the reverse of a knit stitch, visible on the wrong side of the knitted material, creating a shallow ‘u’ stitch.
Stockinette Stitch: A row of knit followed by a row of purl creating a solid , smooth fabric of the same stitch throughout.
Garter Stitch: Alternating rows of knit and purl, created by knitting every row, creating a squishy textured fabric. The knitting appears a more spaced out version of the purl side to stocking stitch.