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First stitch patterns: Combine Knit and Purl Stitches

Posted on: June 12, 2010

So now that you know how to do the two basic knitting stitches, knit and purl, these two stitches can be combined to create infinite different textures and effects. You can make patterns out of knit stitches on a background of purl stitches, or vice versa.

Here is what the knitted piece looks like when you simply knit every stitch of every row. It has a row of v’s, then a row of horizontal bars, etc. This is called the garter stitch.

knit_all_rows

Here is what it looks like when you knit one row, purl the next, etc. Most people think the all-v’s look better than the garter stitch, so this is used for the right-side in many clothing patterns. It is called the stockinette stitch (abreviated st st). But the back however will be the opposite, all horizontal bars.

knit_row_purl_row

If you want both sides to look like nice v’s, you can use the ribbing stitch of knit 1, purl 1 for every row. You have to make sure you have an even number of stitches though, so that they line up (each stitch should be knit on one side and purl on the other). This stitch looks like knit on both sides because the purl stitches get bunched up in between the knit stitches.

knit_both_sides

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