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Learning to knit in the beginning, you might find all the available knitting stitches quite overwhelming. But there is a good way to master it - learning in the sequence. If you can discover which knitting stitches you should learn and which patterns set the foundation as a newbie, it all becomes easy.
There are a number of knitting stitches out there for you to learn as a new knitter which means you have ample options to go for a wide range of styles. In this blog, we will talk about five must-know embroidery stitches that every knitter should learn when they step into the knitting or embroidery digitizing world. Without further ado, let’s dive into the topic.
Once you are done with your knitting and have learned it in detail, it is time to move out to learn how to purl. It is easy to knit one row, then purl the other. When you alternate that way, the fabric made is known as stockinette stitch.
Usually, a lot of people think of this smooth fabric when knitting. However, there are a lot of designs and patterns written using stockinette stitch than any other design out there. Stockinette stitch is what you will receive when knitting each round in circular knitting. These are the reasons which make this technique a good skill to go for.
The only problem with the stockinette stitch is that its edges tend to curl. If you have just started, you do not need to worry about it. But once you start stockinette knitting projects, you need to make sure you add that you add an edging. The edging shouldn’t curl if you do not want a rolled effect.
Garter stitch is one of those stitches that every stitch should learn. There are a lot of ways you can learn this stitch. Many beginners learn this stitch by knitting on a scarf. Other knitting alternatives to get your needles working include a hot pad, washcloth, or other fabrics. Whatever your future plans are for knitting, try the garter stitch!
Another easy variation of purls and knits you might encounter in the same row is moss stitch. It is similar to ribbing for two rows then moving one stitch over for two rows. Many people get confused between moss stitch and seed stitch. A quick tip to remember is that seeds are usually small so will only need one row to make them.
If you are good with knitting whole rows of purl and knit, then you can do alternate purling and knitting in the same row. By following this method, you can make many textured stitch patterns with the help of knitting. As for now, let’s talk about the most basic type of knit-purl stitch pattern known as ribbing.
Any digitizing design or pattern where the purls and knits line up in a consistent way across the rows is known as Ribbing. This is done so that you can get columns of purls and knits that alternate across the fabric. The technique can be used as edging or throughout the knitting pattern.
The most used ribbing forms include 1x1 and 2x2. These numbers indicate how many stitches you work for each type of order (1x1 rib is one purl and one knit repeating). But you are not limited to these only. You can just make any ribbing combination, from 3x1 to 4x4.
One point to note here is that you need to pay attention to the ribbing process. the stitch number you are casting should fit the stitch numbers needed for that particular pattern. For example, 2x2 ribbing needs multiple stitches while 1x1 ribbing works at an even stitch number.
Once you have learned how to knit ribbing, you can switch to a knitting seed stitch. A seed stitch works the same way as ribbing. The only difference is that each row is off by one stitch. Instead of lining the purls and knits up in columns consistently, while they alternate at each row.
However, the process of knitting with seed stitch is pretty simple. Plus, this stitch brings a lot of texture to your knitting. It is also a good way to learn knitting as whenever you see a knit stitch in the row, you are already aware that you need to purl a stitch on that row or vice-versa. It is never too late for you to start practicing this essential skill.
These are the five most essential knitting stitches you should know to kickstart your knitting career. If you have any questions about these stitches or anything related to custom digitizing, feel free to reach out to us.
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