Basic Knitting Stitches

Here are some basic knitting stitches you can use in your patterns:

You can use these basic knitting stitches with any knitting pattern, or even make squares with a variety of basic knitting stitches when knitting a blanket.

Block Pattern

For this example, I am using 3.5mm needles and 41 stitches

Row 1: k6, *p1, k6, rep from * to end

Row 2: P6, *k1, p6, rep from * to end

Row 3 to Row 6: Work rows 1 and 2 twice

Row 7: As per row 1

Row 8: k to end

These 8 rows form the pattern.

Moss Stitch

For this example, I am using 3.5mm needles and 44 stitches

basic knitting stitches
Moss Stitch

Row 1 (rs): *p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 2: As row 1

Row 3: *k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Row 4: As per row 3

These 4 rows form the moss stitch pattern

Eyelet Lace Stitch

For this example, I am using 5.5 mm needles and 30 stitches

Row 1 (rs):  *k4, k2tog, yfd, rep from * to last 6 sts, k6

Row 2:  p to end

Row 3:  k6, *yfd, sl 1, psso, k4, rep from * to end

Row 4:  p to end

These 4 rows form the eyelet lace stitch pattern

Stocking Stitch with Eyelets

For this example, I am using 4 mm needles and 36 stitches

Row 1 (rs):  k to end

Row 2:  p to end

Row 3 and 4:  As per rows 1 and 2

Row 5:  k5, yfd, k2tog, *k6, yfd, k2tog, rep from * to last 5 sts, k to end

Row 6:  p to end

Row 7 to 10:  Work rows 1 and 2 twice

Row 11: k9, yfd, k2tog, *k6, yfd, k2tog, rep from * to last 9 sts, k to end

Row 12: p to end

These 12 rows form the pattern.

Bobbles To Sew Onto Your Knitting

For this example, I am using 4 mm needles and 6 sts

Work 8 rows g st (k every row)

Cut off yarn leaving a 12cm end

Thread the end through the sts, then using this end to work small running stitches around the outer edge of the knitting

Pull up to form a bobble and secure the end

Do not cut yarn as you use the yarn ends to sew bobble to the square

Cable Pattern

For this example, I am using 3.5mm needles and 54 sts

Row 1 (rs):  p4, *k6, p4, rep from * to end

Row 2:  k4, *p6, k4, rep from *to end

Rows 3 and 4:  Rep rows 1 and 2

Row 5:  p4, *C6B, p4, rep from * to end

Row 6: Rep row 2

Rows 7 and 8:  Rep rows 1 and 2

These 8 rows form the pattern

Special Abbreviation:

C6B = cable 6 back worked thus: place next 3 sts on a cable needle and leave at back of work, k3, then k the sts from cable needle.

Van Dyke Stitch

For this example, I use 3.5 mm needles and 44 stitches

Row 1 (rs):  k8, yfd, sl 1, k1, psso, *k11, yfd, sl 1, k1, psso, rep from * to last 8 sts, k 8

Row 2 and every foll alt row:  p to end

Row 3:  k6, k2tog, yfd, k1, yfd, sl 1, k1, psso, *k8, k2 tog, yfd, k1, yfd, sl 1, k1, psso, rep from * to last 7 sts, k7

Row 5: K5, k2tog, yfd, k3, yfd, sl 1, k1, psso, *k6, k2 tog, yfd, k3, yfd, sl 1, k1, psso, rep from * to last 6 sts, k6

Row 7:  *k4, k2tog, yfd, k5, yfd, sl 1, k1, psso, rep from * to last 5 sts, k5

Row 8: p to end

These 8 rows form the pattern

Vertical Lace Stitch

For this example, I use 3.5 mm needles and 44 stitches

Row 1 (rs):   p2, *k2tog, yfd, k1, yfd, sl 1, k1 psso, p2 rep from * to end

Row 2:  k2, *p5, k2, rep from * to end

These 2 rows form the pattern

Bell Pattern

For this example, I use 4mm needles and 39 sts

Row 1(rs):  p8, k3, *p2, k3, rep from * to last 8 sts, p8

Row 2:  k8, p3, *k2, p3, rep from * to last 8 sts, k8

Rows 3 and 4:  As rows 1 and 2

Row 5:  p8, with yarn at front sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yrn, *p2, with yarn at front sl 1, k2tog, psso, yrn, rep from * to last 8 sts, p8

Row 6:  As per row 2

These 6 rows form the pattern

Ripple Pattern

For this example, I use 4mm needles and 38 sts

Row 1 (rs):  k to end

Row 2:  p to end

Row 3:  k to end

Row 4: k to end

Row 5: p to end

Row 6 K to end

These 6 rows form the pattern. This one is really simple and effective.

Trust that you have loads of fun experimenting with these basic knitting stitches.