Garter stitch is the first knitting stitch that new knitters should learn. Knitting every stitch of every row is the best way to get the knit stitch down before learning how to purl. Many new knitters start with a garter stitch scarf, but you could also knit a washcloth, hot pad, or anything else in this simple stitch to get your needles working.
The 1×1 Rib Stitch looks a lot like the Stockinette Stitch but it’s really super stretchy and it’s identical on both sides. As a result, this is perfect to knit for garments when you need a little extra give, especially on hats! On the right and wrong side, it looks exactly the same.
This is exactly the same as stockinette stitch; alternating rows of knit and purl stitches. The only difference is the ridge rows are considered the front of the piece and the V’s are considered the back of the piece.
The Seed Stitch which to be extra confusing when crossing the pond is called the Moss Stitch in the UK. This wonderous knit/purl repeat stitch is a great reversible stitch that works well in combination with other stitches to make more complex patterns and textures.
Basketweave stitch is a great stitch for beginner knitters, because it looks complicated but is actually very easy to create. The combination of knit and purl stitches looks like the woven exterior of a basket, with the purl stitches “weaving” in and out of the stockinette background.
Even easier than stocking stitch, garter stitch is just knitting, every stitch, every row. Garter stitch creates a piece of knitting that will lie flat and look the same on both sides so it’s a great first project stitch when you are learning to knit.
If you want to produce good quality knits, you need to start with good quality ingredients. Yarn is at the heart of your knitting, and not all yarn is created equally. So, it’s vital that you put some careful thought into your yarn choice for a project.
It may feel a bit awkward when you first start knitting, trying to juggle the yarn and the needles at the same time. There is no right or wrong way to hold your needles but we suggest either holding them over the top (the knife hold) or underneath (the pencil hold).
Each yarn and yarn weight gives a different experience when you knit, and affects your final product. As you experiment with different fibers and weights, you learn their different properties, and better understand how to choose the right yarn for your project.
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