There’s nothing like new types of knitting stitches to liven up a simple project, from scarves to dishcloths. The same old stitches can get pretty boring, so every now and then I hit the Internet, old magazines, the library, and even my friends (well, I don’t actually hit them, but you get the idea!) to build up my library of knit stitches. And you all know how I love to share, so here are some new knitting stitches you can use for all your projects this fall!
New and fun knit stitches
Try out these simple types of knitting stitches on your next project. Most of them come from About.com’s library of knit stitches, a great resource to explore. 1. Multicolor rib stitch This is an awesome pattern for scarves, mittens, hats — you name it. It makes vertical stripes in a variety of colors and is an easier version of intarsia for beginning knitters. Cast on any number of stitches divisible by your colors. So for example, if you were using red, yellow, and orange, you could cast on 12 stitches (4 per color). It looks better, though, if you repeat the colors across the pattern. Knit across the first row, switching colors at the appropriate intervals. Purl back in the same colors and continue until done. 2. Little Arrows Cast on a multiple of 8 + 1 Row 1: (RS) K2, P2, K1, P1. *K3, P2, K1, P2. Repeat from * to last 2 st, K2. Row 2: (WS) P3, K1, P1, K1. *P5,K1,P1,K1. Repeat from * to last 3 st, P3. Row 3: K1. *P1, K5, P1, K1. Repeat from * to end. Row 4: P1. *K2, P3, K2, P1. Repeat from * to end. Repeat to end of project and cast off. 3. Beaded Rib This is an extremely pretty stitch that works great on basically any project, especially light sweaters and cardigans. Cast on a multiple of 5 plus 2. Row 1: P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2. Repeat from * to end. Row 2: K2. *P3, K2. Repeat from * to end. Repeat to end of pattern. 4. Andalusian Stitch This is a great stitch for beginners looking to break out of the straight garter and stockinette stitches. It’s very easy but has an extremely nice look. Cast on a multiple of 2. Row 1: Knit Row 2: Purl Row 3: K1, P1. Repeat to end. Row 4: Purl Repeat to end of pattern. These four types of knitting stitches are proof positive that a knitting stitch doesn’t have to be complicated to look great. Even a beginner can tackle these easy and straightforward stitches, and they turn out projects that look great. Knitting stitches are a fantastic way to liven up any knitting project.