Stitch Library

The wide variety of materials displayed in the knitting projects of this book are created by only two different stitches—knit and purl. Once these two simple stitches are mastered, the sky is the limit for the texture and variation in your designs.The best way to learn the stitch techniques is to practice, so work through the individual swatches to create your own library of stitches

Q Garter stitch

All rows: k

0 Beaded rib

(multiple of 5 sts plus 2 sts)

RI : *p2, kl, p I, kl, rep from * to last two sts, p2.

o Reverse stockinette stitch

OK2,p2 rib

(multiple of 4 sts)

  • Rib and stockinette stitch band
  • multiple of 12 sts plus 7 sts)

sts,then pl.kl.pl,kl.pl,kl,pi.

R2:* kl, pi, kl. pl.kl.pl, kl,p5, rep from * to last 7

sts,then kl,pl,kl,pl,kl,pl,kl.

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Knit and Purl

O Fisherman's rib

(even number of sts)

R2: *p I, k next st in the row below, rep from * ending with p2. Rep R2 only.

Q Twin rib

(multiple of 6 sts)

Rl: *k3, p3, rep from * to end. R2: *k I, p I, rep from * to end. Rep Rl—2.

Q Seed stitch

(multiple of 2 sts)

O Double seed stitch

(multiple of 4 sts)

RI and 2: *k2, p2, rep from * to end. R3 and 4: *p2, k2, rep from * to end. Rep R3-4.

0 Stripe seed stitch

(multiple of 11 sts plus 5 sts)

Rl: k5 *(kl, pI) three times, k5, rep from * to end. R2: *p5 (p I, k I) three times, rep from * to last 5 sts, p5. Rep RI-2.

O Roman stitch

(even number of sts)

R5: *kl, p I, rep from * to end. R6: *p I, k I, rep from * to end. Rep RI-6.

Textures with knit and purl

(multiple of 2 sts) (any number of sts)

O Garter stitch zigzag

(multiple of 6 sts)

R4: p I, *k3, p3, rep from * ending last rep with p2 instead of p3.

R6: p2, *k3, p3. rep from * ending last rep with p I instead of p3.

R10: p2, *k3, p3, rep from * ending last rep with p I instead of p3.

Rl2: pI, *k3, p3, rep from * ending last rep with p2 instead of p3.

0 Rectangular check

(multiple of 6 sts)

RI and alternate rows: k

R14, 16. 18, 20. 22, 24: *p3, k3, rep from * to end.

O Garter stitch ridge

(any number of sts)

O Variation on normal cable

(multiples of 10 sts)

R4: p2, si next 3 sts onto dpn and cable back k3. then k3 from dpn, p2. Rep RI-4.

R6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18: p2, k6, p2. R10: p2, si next 3 sts onto dpn and cable back k3, then k3 from dpn, p2. Rep RI-18.

Cables

A very small collection of cables is included here to get you started. In addition, I have included a cable and rope panel and a chain and seed-stitch panel as examples of how a cable can also combine texture.

O Plait cable panel of 13 sts

R3: p2, si 3 sts onto dpn and cable front, k3, then k3 from dpn, k3, p2.

R7: p2, k3, si 3 sts onto dpn and cable back, k3, then k3 from dpn, p2.

Rep RI-8.

  • Basic cable panel of 8 sts
  • cable 4 sts)

R4: p2, si next 2 sts onto dpn and cable back, k2, then k2 from dpn, p2. Rep RI -A.

R4: p2, si next 3 sts onto dpn and cable back k3, then k3 from dpn, p2. Rep RI-4.

R5,7,9, I I, 13, 15, 17 (WS): k2, p6, k2. R6, 8, 12, 14, 16, I8:p2,k6,p2. R10: p2, si next 3 sts onto dpn and cable back, k3, then k3 from dpn, p2. Rep Rl-18.

0 Cable and rope panel

RI: p7, si 3 sts onto dpn and cable front, k3, then k3 from dpn, p7.

O Basic cable panel of 10 sts

R6: p2, si next 3 sts onto dpn and cable back k3, then k3 from dpn, p2. Rep RI -6.

O Chain and seed-stitch cable

Rl and 3: p3, k3, work 6 sts in seed st, k3, p3. R2 and 4: k3, p3, work 6 sts in seed st, p3, k3. R5: p3, si 3 sts onto dpn and cable back work next 3 sts in seed st k3 from dpn, si 3 sts onto dpn and cable front k3, work next 3 sts in seed st, p3. R6, 8, 10, 12, 14: k3, work 3 sts in seed st, p6, work 3 sts in seed st, k3.

R7,9, II, 13: p3, work 3 sts in seed st, k6, work 3 sts in seed st, p3.

R15: p3, si 3 sts onto dpn and cable front, k3, work 3 sts from dpn in seed st, slip 3 sts onto dpn and cable back work next 3 sts in seed st, k3 from dpn, p3. R16, 18,20, 22, 24, 26, 28: k3, p3, work 6 sts in seed st p3, k3.

R17, 19, 21,23, 25, 27: p3, k3, work 6 sts in seed st k3, p3. Rep R5-R28.

Color and lace stitches

O Two-color tweed stitch

(multiple of 3 sts)

Rl: MC, *sl I pwise, k2, rep from * to end R2: MC, k

R3: CC, *k2, si I pwise, rep from * to end. R4: CC, k Rep RI-4.

O Woven stripe

R3 and 13: CC, kl, *sl I, wyif, kl. rep from * to end.

R5 and 15: MC. k2, *sl I, wyif, kl, rep from * to end.

R9 and 19: CC, kl, *sl I, wyif, kl, rep from * to end.

O Eyelet lace (uneven number of sts)

Rep RI-6.

  • Fan stitch
  • multiple of 18 sts)

R4:k

O Lace stitch

(multiple of 10 sts plus 1 st)

RI (RS): k I, *yfö, k3. k3tog, k3, yfd, k I, rep from to end.

R2:k

O Small leaf lace

(multiple of 6 sts plus 3 sts)

RI : k I, p2, k3, *p3, k3, rep from * to last 3 sts, p2, kl.

R2 and 4: k3, *p3, k3, rep from * to end. R3: kl, p2, *y°a k3tog, yrn, p3, rep from * to last 6 sts, yon, k3tog, yrn, p2, k I. Rep Rl^4.

Color and lace stitches

O Very simple lace stitch

(multiple of 8 sts)

R2 and all alternate rows (WS): p. R3: *k6, yon, k2tog, rep from * to end. R5:k

R7: k2, *yon, k2tog, k6, rep from * ending last rep with k4. R8: p. Rep Rl—8.

O Purse stitch and chevron lace

(multiple of 7 sts)

RI: *k2, si I, k2tog, psso, k2, yon, rep from * to end. R2: *p6, yrn, rep from * to end. Rep Rl—2.

O Poncho Stripe (three colors—MC, CC1, and CC2; multiple of 4 plus 3 sts)

Rl (RS): MC, k3, *wyib, sl I, k3, rep from * to end. R2 (WS): MC. k3, *wyif, sl I, yb, k3, repeat from * to end.

R3: CCI, kl, *wyib, sl I, k3, rep from * to last 2 sts, yb, sl I, kl.

R4: CC I, k I, *wyif, sl I, yb, k3, rep from * to last 2 sts, wyif, sl I, yb, k I.

Rep RI-6, changing colors every other row. Rep RI-8.

Edgings can be made wider or narrower by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches at the beginning. Shallower scallops can be made by increasing and decreasing every alternate row.

o Alternative poncho stripe

(with five colors—multiple of 4 plus 3 sts)

O Fringe

Using a double end of yarn, cast on 13 sts.

Rep RI-2 until the fringe measures the required length, ending with a R2.

Next row: sl I, then bind-off next 7 sts. Draw yarn through and finish. Drop rem 5 sts off needle and unravel them back to beg of work making fringe loops.

O Turret

O Garter scallop

edging

edging

Cast on 6 sts.

Cast on 7 sts, k 1 row.

Rl, 2, 3: k

R1: k5, inc in next st (by

R4: cast on 3 sts, k

working into front, then back

R5, 6,7: k

of stitch), kl.

R8: cast on 3 sts, k

R2: k 1, inc in next st k6.

R9, 1 1, 13, 14,

R3: k7, inc in next st, k 1.

15: k

R4: k 1, inc in next st, k8.

RIO and 12: p.

R5: k9, inc in next st, kl.

Rl 6: bind-off 3 sts.

R6: k 1, inc in next st kl0.

k to end.

R7: kl 1, inc in next st kl.

RI7, 18, 19: k

R8: kl, inc in next st, kl 2.

R20: bind-off 3 sts,

R9: k 12, k2tog, k 1.

k to end.

R10: k 1, k2tog, k 1 1.

Rep R1 -20.

Rl 1: k 10, k2tog, k 1.

RI2:kl,k2tog,k9.

Rl 3: k8, k2tog, k 1.

RI4:kl,k2tog,k7.

RI5:k6,k2tog,kl.

RI6:kl,k2tog,k5.

Rep RI-16.

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Decorative textures

O Quaker ridge

(any number of sts)

Rl. 3,5, 6,7,9, I I, 12, 14 (RS): k R2,4, 8, 10, 13: p. Rep Rl —14.

O Chevron pattern

(multiple of 8 sts plus 1 st)

RI and 10: k I, *p7, k I, rep from * to end. R2 and 9: p I, *k7, p I, rep from * to end. R3 and 12: k2, *p5, k3, rep from * ending with p5, k2.

R4 and I I: p2, *k5, p3, rep from * ending with k5, P2.

R5 and 14: k3, *p3, k5, rep from * ending with p3, k3.

R6 and 13: p3, *k3, p5, rep from * ending with k3, p3.

R7 and 16: k4, *p I, k7, rep from * ending with p I, k4

R8 and 15: p4, *kl, p7, rep from * ending with kl, p4.

o Diamond brocade

(multiple of 8 sts plus 1 st)

Rl (RS): k4, *p I, k7, rep from * ending last rep p I, k4.

R2 and 8: p3, *k I, p I, k I, p5, rep from * ending last rep p3.

R3 and 7: k2, *p I, k3, rep from * ending last rep k2.

R4 and 6: p I, *k I, p5, kl.pl, rep from * to end. R5: *p I, k7, rep from * ending last rep p I. Rep RI-8.

O Embossed leaf pattern

(multiple of 10 sts)

R5: *p5, k5, rep from * to end. R6 and I I : *k I, p5, k4, rep from * to end. R7 and 12: *p3, k5, p2, rep from * to end. R8 and 13: *k3, p5, k2, rep from * to end. R9 and 14: *p I. k5, p4, rep from * to end. R15: *k5, p5, rep from * to end. Rep Rl —16.

Checks and diamonds

O Cross and diamond repeat

This is the same as the cross and diamond border on the right but repeating R3-12.

  • Vandyke check pattern
  • multiple of 8 sts)

R2, 8,9, 10, I 1, 17: *k4, p4, rep from * to end. R3: p I, *k4, p4. rep from * ending last rep p3 instead of p4.

R4: k2, *p4, k4, rep from * ending last rep k2 instead of k4.

R5: p3, *k4, p4, rep from * ending last rep p I instead of p4.

R6 and 13: *p4, k4, rep from * to end. R12 and 18: p.

RI4: kl, *p4, k4, rep from * ending last rep k3 instead of k4.

Rl 5: p2, *k4, p4, rep from * ending last rep p2 instead of p4.

Rl 6: k3, *p4, k4, rep from * ending last rep kl instead of k4.

R19, 20, 21,22: *p4, k4, rep from * to end. Rep RI -22.

o Cross and diamond border

(multiple of 16 sts plus 1 st)

R3 and 13: kl, *k4, (pI, k5) twice, rep from * to end.

R4 and 12: p I, *(p3, kl) 3 times, p4, rep from * to end.

R5 and I I: kl. *k2, pi, k3, pi, kl, (pi, k3) twice, rep from * to end.

R6 and 10: pI, *pI, kl, (p3, kl) 3 times, p2, rep from * to end of row.

R7 and 9: k I, *p I, k3, p I, k5. p I, k3, p I, k I, rep from * to end.

R8: kl. *p3, kl, p7, kl, p3, kl, rep from * to end. This makes a border 14 rows high. If you want horizontal bands of this pattern, rep R3-I2.

O Simple drop stitch

Rl: k winding yrn 3 times.

R2: p, letting the extra 2 loops drop to form an elongated row.

Work a st st band between the drop st row as desired.

Variations on this stitch could be to work garter stitch or seed stitch between the drop stitch rows.

O Caterpillar stitch

(multiple of 10 sts)

R3:k

R5: *p5, k4, p I, rep from * to end. R7: k Rep RI-8.

o Tile stitch

(multiple of 5 sts)

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