How to Knit Four Simple Stitches

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Knitting is a wonderful way to relax and be creative at the same time. These four simple stitches can add distinction to any project. The double moss stitch gives any work a thicker feel. The caterpillar stitch reminds you of caterpillars crawling on the sidewalk in their curvy way. The welted rib and the blackberry stitch are beautiful variations that add elegance to any project. Any of these four patterns work wonderfully in a sweater or scarf.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn - medium weight works best
  • 1 pair of knitting needles in the size needed to make the desired gauge

Knit a Double Moss Stitch

  • Begin by casting stitches onto your needles in multiples of two stitches plus one stitch with your choice of yarn.

  • Work row 1 by knitting one stitch, then repeat a pattern of purl 1, knit 1 to the end of the row.

  • Knit row 2 as purl 1, then a repeating pattern of knit 1, purl 1. Repeat this pattern to the end of the row.

  • Continue working by knitting row 3 as purl 1, then repeat a pattern of knit 1, purl 1 to the end of the row.

  • Continue working the row 4, knit 1 stitch, then repeat a pattern of purl 1, knit 1 to the end of the row. Repeat these four rows.

Knit a Caterpillar Stitch

  • Cast on stitches in multiples of 6 stitches plus 1 stitch onto your knitting needles with your choice of yarn.

  • Begin row 1 as a repeating pattern of knit 3, purl 3 through to the end of the row. Knit row 2 in the purl stitch to the end.

  • Knit row 3 as a repeating pattern of purl 3, knit 3 to the end of the row.

  • Knit row 4 in the purl stitch to the end. Repeat these 4 rows to form the caterpillar pattern.

Knit a Welted Rib

  • This pattern is created by casting stitches in multiples of 4 stitches onto your knitting needles with your choice of yarn.

  • Knit row 1 as a repeating pattern of knit 2, purl two to the end of the row.

  • Finish this easy pattern by knitting row 2 in the purl stitch to the end. Repeat these two rows.

Knit a Blackberry Stitch

  • Cast stitches in multiples of four onto your knitting needles with your choice of yarn.

  • Start row 1 on the wrong side and knit a repeating pattern of knit 1, purl 1, knit 1; all into the next stitch, then, purl 3 stitches together. Repeat this pattern to the end of the row. Knit row 2 in the purl stitch to the end.

  • Knit row 3 as a repeating pattern of purl 3 stitches together; then, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, all into the next stitch. Repeat this pattern to the end.

  • Knit row 4 in the purl stitch to the end. Repeat these four rows.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to turn your work after each row.
  • This pattern assumes a basic knowledge of casting on, stockinette and purl stitches, and the ability to read knitting patterns.
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