New to Knitting? Start With These 10 Best Knitting Stitches

Although the art form is seeing a resurgence, knitters must be fed up by now with being left out of the whole listicle craze. Lists for everything under the sun rise like cream in Google search results. But lists on the best-of knitting topics is an area that just hasn’t gotten the kind of coverage that the “top 15 cars with the highest resale value” and “28 things to not say to your boss” has. Knitting is a centuries-old art form that takes practice, patience, and a home in a cold enough climate to make it worthwhile. But what the public should know is that more young people are taking up knitting than old, and the stitches being invented or carried forward like myths told around a bonfire, are incredibly complex.

So, knitters, without further ado, here is a list for you:

10. Seed Stitch

The Seed Stitch is a textured stitch created by working a sequence of knit and purl stitches—unlike ribbing, where you knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches. Seed stitch is usually alternated horizontally or vertically on every row. Use it on fine sweaters or skullcap toques.

9. The Mistake Rib Stitch

The Mistake Rib Stitch is such a deceptively simple pattern even beginners will hardly flub on its signature seeded ribs. It uses offset stitches to create ribs that resist pulling the fabric inward. Easy to wear on the reverse side, we see this stitch used to make the Icelandic “snood” scarf.

8. The Crest of the Wave Lace Stitch

This classic scalloped Shetland lace pattern looks impressive, yet comes together with ease. Use it to edge a skirt, cardigan or shawl. Be careful to hand wash any material made from this stitch; it wears well over time but only if the material is not pulled and agitated too much.

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