How to do Moss Stitch

Moss stitch is like seed stitch but you work in rows of 2 rather than swapping every row.

Instructions:

Cast on an odd number of stitches, this will make the pattern symmetrical so you can have either side as the right side.

Rows 1 and 3: K1, P1 to end
Rows 2 and 4: P1, K1 to end

Try to finish on an even row as this will keep the balance of the pattern.

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This swatch was done in Aran on 5mm needles.

Kx

I’m back!

Hi all!

Happy Monday! Apologies for the huge gap since my last post. It’s been a little hectic over the last couple of months. R and I got engaged, we went to Rome, a water pipe burst under the floor which turned the whole of the lounge ( and the house) upside down and some other very exciting, news which I shall share with you soon, has meant that there’s been no time at all for crafting of any description.

Needless to say I shall be making up for the absence toot sweet! I’ll be popping some stitch patterns up over the next few days as well as a pattern for a knitted moustache!

Speak soon,

K
Xx

How to do Stocking Stitch (aka Stockinette Stitch)

Happy Friday!

Hooray at last! The weekend is nearly here, the weather seems to be improving and I’ve started to drag out the summer clothes and put my warm wolly knits away.

We’re continuing the basic stitches with stocking stitch today, or stockinette stitch.

You will need to know how to knit and purl.

There are two rows to this stitch pattern:

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches

It should look something like this:

Stockinette Stitch

The way this looks will depend on what size needle you use in relation to your yarn size. This was knit using the needle size specified on the yarn band. If you went up to a larger size you would get a more open fabric and the Vs would be less pronounced.

The reverse of this fabric is also used in knitted items, I have found it frequently in cabled patterns as a background to show the cable off nicely. Although it looks similar to garter stitch it is usually a little neater and will really make the cables pop.

Reverse Stockinette Stitch

If you want to knit stocking stitch in the round, either on a circular needle or a set of double pins, just keep knitting. No need to purl every other row as you are always knitting the same side of the fabric.

Pop us some pictures or share your uses of stocking stitch in the comments section below.

Have a lovely weekend, see you soon!

Kx

How to do Garter Stitch

Hello you lovely lot!

I will be posting some stitch patterns up here occasionally, like the seed stitch from last week. Maybe it will give you a bit of inspiration for a project you are working on, or just a refresher if you’ve forgotten. We’ll start with the basics and work our way up.

Garter stitch! Most of you will have probably made a scarf with this stitch as your very first project, but it can be used for many other things. I like to edge blankets with it to stop them curling, also works well for the edges of knitted squares and perfectly for a squared knitted on the diagonal (see previous tutorial here).

You just need to know how to do the knit stitch ( I will be posting some video tutorials soon, promise).

Row 1: Knit all stitches

Repeat this row until your work has reached the desired length.

It should look a little something like this:

 How to knit Garter Stitch

The row at the very bottom of the picture is the cast on edge.

How do you use garter stitch? Do you just use it for squares and edges?

I’d love to hear from you so drop us a comment below.

Ciao for now!

Kx