Beatrice Cable is a knitting historian with a deep knowledge of knitting's cultural and historical significance. She enjoys sharing this knowledge through her writing.
Hey there! If you're just starting out on your knitting journey, congratulations! Knitting is a wonderful craft that allows you to create beautiful and cozy items with just a pair of needles and some yarn. To help you get started, here are the first 10 stitches that I recommend every beginning knitter should learn:
1. Knit Stitch: The knit stitch is the foundation of knitting. It creates a smooth, V-shaped fabric and is often abbreviated as "K" in knitting patterns.
2. Purl Stitch: The purl stitch is the reverse of the knit stitch and creates a bumpy texture. It's often abbreviated as "P" in patterns.
3. Stockinette Stitch: Stockinette stitch is created by alternating rows of knit and purl stitches. It produces a smooth, flat fabric with one side showing the knit stitches and the other side showing the purl stitches.
4. Garter Stitch: Garter stitch is made by knitting every row. It creates a bumpy texture on both sides of the fabric and is great for scarves, blankets, and dishcloths.
5. Ribbing: Ribbing is a combination of knit and purl stitches that creates a stretchy fabric. It's commonly used for cuffs, collars, and hems.
6. Seed Stitch: Seed stitch is created by alternating knit and purl stitches within the same row. It produces a textured fabric that resembles scattered seeds.
7. Stockinette Stitch in the Round: When knitting in the round, you only need to knit every stitch to create stockinette stitch. This eliminates the need to purl and creates a seamless tube, perfect for hats and cowls.
8. Slip Stitch: Slip stitches are used to create decorative patterns, texture, or to decrease the number of stitches in a row. They involve passing a stitch from one needle to the other without knitting or purling it.
9. Yarn Over: A yarn over creates an extra stitch and an eyelet hole in your knitting. It's often used in lace patterns and to create decorative increases.
10. Decreases: There are several types of decreases in knitting, such as knit two together (K2tog) and slip, slip, knit (SSK). Decreases are used to shape your knitting, create decorative effects, or decrease the number of stitches.
Remember, practice makes perfect! Start with simple projects like scarves or dishcloths to practice these stitches. As you gain confidence, you can move on to more complex patterns and techniques. And don't forget to check out Knit Fluent for more beginner-friendly stitches, patterns, and tips to help you on your knitting journey. Happy knitting!