Knitting Stitches 101: Knit and Purl

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.

  1. Every knitted item will contain at least a knit, a purl and a section of either stockinette or garter stitch.
  2. Once you have mastered these basic you can progress to interesting textures and pattern just using the knit and purl stitches.
  3. Then on to increases and decreases, which give shape to your knitted projects.
  4. After you have managed an increase or two you will find you are already on your way to lacework.
  5. Cables are the net 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.


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The Founder of Yarn Academy Babs is all about inspiring others to find their creative juices. Babs finds it exhilarating to learn as many new techniques and skills as humanly possible and explore the entire world of yarn. Babs is always looking for the win win solution to any situation so we can all grow together in the wonderful world of fibre and colour.

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