Beginner Friendly Knitting Stitches

Knitting stitches create a whole world of amazing textures, patterns, and shapes in knitting! 

First you’ll learn the basic knit and purl stitches. Next, we’ll show you how to combine these two stitches together to create all sorts of fun patterns.

How to Knit and Purl

The knit stitch and purl stitch are the two very first stitch techniques to learn!

Knowing how to knit and purl immediately unlocks a whole library of stitch patterns by mixing-and-matching these two stitches. 

Once you’re good to go with these beginner stitches you’ll be ready to tackle the most common beginner-friendly stitch patterns are garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and ribbing! All three of these stitches create radically different fabrics that range from squishy and elastic to smooth and flowy.

Stockinette stitch is made by alternating rows of knit and purl stitches back and forth flat. This fabric has a smooth side (knit) and a bumpy side (purl) with fabric that flows and drapes. This stitch is perfect for sweaters!

Ribbing stitch is made by alternating knit and purl stitches. The most popular version are 1×1 or 2×2 ribbing. Ribbing is very elastic which makes it perfect for cuffs and brims where you need a snug, stretchy fit.

Seed stitch is made by knitting and purling every other stitch and then reversing the order of knit and purls on the next row. You get rows of very small bumps (they look like seeds!) that lay flat. We love making seed stitch blankets and afghans!

Garter stitch is the easiest stitch pattern in all of knitting! This stitch pattern is squishy, bouncy, and doesn’t curl at the edges making it the perfect choice for cozy scarves and baby blankets.

Need to brush up on your basic skills? We show you the five techniques you need to know in order to make your first knit project from start to finish! First we’ll show you how to make a slip knot and cast on your stitches, how to knit and purl, and finally how to cast off or bind off your stitches.