5 Basic Knitting Stitches for Beginners

5 Basic Knitting Stitches for Beginners

     Hi everyone! It’s Kathryn from AllFreeKnitting.com. Gina was gracious enough to let me talk about one of my favorite topics with you today – basic knitting stitches for beginners.

Whether you’re a beginner knitter or a veteran, having a firm grasp on these five easy knitting stitches is so important. A mastery of these stitches will truly expand your horizons and provide you with the ability to work up a wide variety of beautiful patterns you may have never thought possible.

     Learning how to knit can seem like an overwhelming process once you think about all the yarn and patterns at your disposal. However, once you have some easy, basic stitches under your belt like the ones explained below, you’ll be knitting like a pro in no time.

And now, without further ado, check out some of the best beginner knitting stitches:

Garter Stitch

Garter stitch is one of the easiest and most common stitch patterns in knitted fabrics. You create garter stitch by either knitting or purling every row. This stitch features horizontal ridges formed by the tops of the knitted loops on every other row. Since the stitch is reversible and lies flat, garter stitch is ideal for scarves, bags, blankets, washcloths, and so much more.

Handy tip: If you’re new to garter stitch, be sure to count the number of stitches after each row. Otherwise, you might realize you’ve accidentally created new stitches.
5 Basic Knitting Stitches for Beginners
For a helpful video tutorial on how to knit the garter stitch, click here.

Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette stitch is another wonderful basic knitting stitch. To knit stockinette stitch, you alternate a knit row with a purl row. Stockinette stitch, also referred to as stocking stitch, can be found in just about any knitted garment you can think of – scarves, sweaters, blankets, hats, socks, etc.

Keep in mind stockinette stitch has a right and wrong side (although either side can be the “right” side depending on the individual pattern). The right side is typically the smooth side and features small stitches versus the bumpy side which is called reverse stockinette or purl. Stockinette fabric also curls on the edges. The horizontal edges curl toward the front or smooth side.
5 Basic Knitting Stitches for Beginners

For a helpful video tutorial on how to knit the stockinette stitch, click here.

Seed Stitch

Seed stitch gets its name from the texture of the knitted fabric, because the little purl bumps look like scattered seeds. Seed stitch consists of single knits and purls that alternate both horizontally and vertically.

Seed stitch is slightly more complicated than garter and stockinette stitch, but the interesting texture is featured in many beginner knitting patterns. Similar to garter stitch, seed stitch lies flat and the knitted fabric looks the same from both sides. This stitch is ideal for a sweater border or cuffs, as well as scarves and other garments of which both sides are visible.

5 Basic Knitting Stitches for Beginners
For a helpful video tutorial on how to knit the seed stitch, click here.

Basketweave Stitch

Basketweave stitch is a great stitch for beginner knitters, because it looks complicated but is actually very easy to create. As you can see from the photo below, basketweave stitch gets its name for obvious reasons. The combination of knit and purl stitches looks like the woven exterior of a basket, with the purl stitches “weaving” in and out of the stockinette background. This stitch is great for afghans, heavy weight sweaters, scarves, and potholders.
5 Basic Knitting Stitches for Beginners
For a helpful video tutorial on how to knit the basketweave stitch, click here.

Linen Stitch

The linen stitch, sometimes referred to as the fabric stitch, is a slipped stitch knitting pattern which creates a dense and finely detailed stitch. Once complete, the fabric will look almost woven. The linen stitch is ideal if you’re interested in making a warmer garment or if you’re using a stiffer fabric that does not curl.

In the linen stitch, you slip every other stitch and knit (or purl) every other stitch. At the same time, you carry the yarn in front of the slipped knit stitch on the right side of the work or behind the slipped purl stitch on the wrong side of the work.

The linen stitch is an ingenious stitch pattern that can result in different looks simply by changing the color scheme. The stitch also looks great in variegated and self-striping yarns.
5 Basic Knitting Stitches for Beginners
For a helpful video tutorial on how to knit the linen stitch, click here.

      So there you have it! These five basic knitting stitches for beginners are all great ways to expand your knitting skill set and work with fiber in new and exciting ways. The possibilities are endless once you have a firm grasp on some of the most basic knit stitches.

Now that you have a few new stitches to try out, why not learn about the best knitting tools for beginners? Be sure to check out Beginning Knitting Supplies: The Ultimate Knitting Tools List. This comprehensive guide will ensure you start knitting with the proper materials at your disposal.

Beach Break & the Best Summer Fruit Salad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AquafinaSparkling #CollectiveBias
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling

     I love to inject a bit of fun into every day. I'm so grateful for the freedom working from home provides me. I usually get up at sunrise and spend the morning working. In the afternoon I like to take a break for an hour and so something fun to recharge. I teamed up with Aquafina Sparkling to take you along on my afternoon break. 

     As soon as the temperatures rises, I find my fun outdoors. I live near the ocean, so obviously my favorite place is the beach! Of course, no trip to the beach is complete without a tasty, healthy snack and water to stay hydrated. Aquafina Sparkling is a bubbly and refreshing take on water from Aquafina. It has a hint of delicious fruit flavor and best of all...Aquafina Sparkling has 0 calories, 0 sugar, and 0 artificial flavors!
On a recent sunny day, I packed up a snack and headed for one of my favorite beaches in the Hamptons- Flying Point. The beaches out here get mobbed starting Memorial Day, so I like to savor this quiet time of year.

Once at the beach, I took in the sun, the beautiful view of crashing waves and miles of pristine sand and I felt so relaxed and happy. 

Try Aquafina Sparkling for yourself (the Lemon Lime flavor is my favorite- so refreshing!) Target Cartwheel:  25% any Aquafina Sparkling 8pk flavor, runs 5/21 - 6/17

This Rainbow Fruit Salad is my go-to beach snack. Think of it as summer-in-a-bowl! Best of all, it compliments the light, refreshing flavor of Aquafina Sparkling perfectly! It’s also easily portable...and perfect for sharing!
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling
This rainbow salad takes advantage of summer's best fruit. You'll need, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple chunks, kiwi, seedless grapes and mandarin oranges (I used canned)
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling To make the sauce, stir together a few tablespoons of honey and a few squeezes of lime.
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling
 Toss the fruit with the dressing and enjoy!
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling

Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling
This is the walkway down to the ocean. It’s flanked on both sides with rolling sand dunes covered in beach grass. Doesn’t it look like a postcard? 
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling I always take my camera wherever I go. Part of the fun for me is capturing these beautiful moments so I can enjoy them again later!
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling

Blue skies for miles!
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling
Thanks for coming along on my beach trip!
What are your fun moments? I'd love to hear them!

Want more inspiration & recipes?

Aquafina Sparkling is available at Target locations nationwide in the sparkling water section.There will be tastings/samplings of Aquafina Sparkling in certain Target locations across the US. Check it out on your next Target run!
Beach Break with Aquafina Sparkling

EASY Watermelon Baby Booties Free Knitting Pattern

    For many families Spring and Summer bring the addition of new little ones. Hand knit baby booties are a thoughtful gift, but if you're a newbie knitter, they can be difficult to make. This pattern is knit flat and then seamed when finished. There's no double point needles, or heel shaping- yay!!!
    To make these booties even cuter (and perfect for Summer!) I created a watermelon print using different colors of yarn. The "seeds" are stitched on after the bootie is completed using a yarn needle. This baby bootie knitting pattern is as easy as it comes and they make a great gift. Happy Knitting!

Yarn: Red Heart Paddy Green yarn, Sugar 'N Cream yarn (hot pink), scrap of black worsted weight yarn and white worsted weight yarn 
Needles: Size US 7 straight, Yarn needle
Crochet hook size G
Free Knitting Pattern (make 2)
Size: 0-3 months  (footbed measures 3 inches)
Cast on 30 sts. 
Rows 1-11: Knit across
Row 12: Bind off 7 sts. Knit to end of row. 
Row 13: Bind off 7 sts. Knit to end of row.
Row 14: K1, YO, K2 tog, Repeat across- for the last stitch Knit 1
Rows 15-22: Knit across
Bind off loosely.

Want more FREE Baby Knitting Patterns?
How to assemble the booties:
This is what the piece looks like when you are finished knitting. I sewed the "seeds" on using a yarn needle.
Fold the bootie over and sew the 2 sides of the bottom together.
Sew over the toes (do not sew the green part closed)
Sew around the front of the bootie. Turn right side out. Crochet a 12 inch chain using the white yarn. Insert through the holes to make the ties. 

My Favorite Face Masks

My Favorite Face Masks
Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask

I really love face masks. They're the perfect combination of convenience and luxury. I feel like I'm at a spa every time I put one on! The best face masks (in my opinion) are the ones that smell fantastic and actually leave your skin looking noticeably better. No matter what your skin type/issues there's a mask to solve them. I'm always on the lookout for any mask that reduces redness, moisturises and makes my skin glow. Here's a roundup of some of my favorite:
My Favorite Face Masks
This one is a must for the summer! It has a lightweight, gel texture and it's wonderfully refreshing. It feels so soothing and cool on your skin! The masks contains highly-concentrated botanical extracts like cucumber, thyme and olive. The Phyto Corrective Masque is an intensive calming mask that's ideal for sunburns or after using retinols or even after a hot bath. I like to put it on after I go for a run in the morning. You can leave the mask on anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight. It works great at reducing redness.
My Favorite Face Masks
If you have dry skin (like me) this is the mask for you! This mask is great for brightening your skin and adding moisture. It contains natural botanicals like blueberries, wild Panies and grapes. It's rich, creamy and it smells heavenly! I use this moisture mask a few times a week. It leaves my skin with glowing! 
My Favorite Face Masks
I did some research on this mask and came across all these raving reviews says how this sheet mask faded acne scars, reduced pores and blemishes. I was skeptical that a mask could do all these things, but this one lived up to the hype! There's a reason beauty editors and customers love this mask- it really works. I noticed after one use that the pores on my nose looked smaller and acne scars looks lighter. Bonus- the mask feels great on your skin! 
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My Favorite Face Masks


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