Monday, 3 December 2018

Twisted Stockinette and Double Twisted Stockinette Stitch

Here is another knit block as part of knit a block a week series.
I have already missed out few blocks in the past week and trying to make up for those in the coming weeks..

Today's  block has 3 similar sounding stitches with slight variation while knitting and visibly a lot of difference.

So, here we have the 3 stockinette stitches:
1. Stockinette Stitch
2. Twisted Stockinette Stitch
3. Doubld Twisted Stockinette Stitch

1. Stockinette Stitch 

Stitched as regular knit and purl in the front loop.
We have made a block with this stockinette stitch here.

2. Twisted Stockinette Stitch 

Cast on any number of stitches. 

Row 1: Knit through the back loop 

Row 2: Purl

Repeat these 2 rows.

3. Double Twisted Stockinette Stitch 

Cast on any number of stitches.

Row 1: Knit through the back loop 

Row 2: Purl through the back loop 

Repeat these 2 Rows.

The double twisted stockinette stitch has a slight inclination towards left.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, 26 November 2018

Knit and Purl through the Back Loop ( kbl & pbl )

Today's post is on How to knit and purl in front loop and back loop.
We had a previous post on what a front loop and a back loop is. You can read it here.

The regular knitting that we do is knit and purl in the front loop. There are several stitches that require stitching in the back loop. 

So, here are pictures to show how to place the needle and position working thread in each of the four types.

1. Knit through the front loop 


2. Knit through the back loop (Kbl)

Video below shows knit and purl through front loop and back loop 

3. Purl through the front loop


4. Purl through the back loop (Pbl)


Video shows purl through front loop and back loop 

Happy Knitting!!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Knitting : Check Stitch

Week 5 of the Knit a Block a Week series is Check Stitch.

Knit: Check Stitch

Check Stitch :

Multiples of 4 plus 2

Row 1 : k2, * p2, k2; repeat from * to end.
Row 2 : p2, * k2, p2; repeat from * to end.

Repeat Row 1 and Row 2 once more.

Row 5 : same as Row 2.
Row 6 : same as Row 1.

Repeat Row 5 and Row 6 once more.

Repeat these 8 Rows.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Knitting: What is Front and Back Loop?

What is front loop and back loop

While the Knit A Block A Week series continues, I came across some patterns that specifically ask for knitting in back loop.

I have seen my mother knit for many years and learnt knitting by noticing her knit sweaters, scarves, etc.
For the matter of fact that knitting is commonly done in one way, that is, knitting in front loop, be it knit or purl (at least that's was what I thought); I never knew that there was a 'functional' back loop also.
Now that I am learning more about the different stitches, it is interesting to know that various types of stitches can be formed by stitching in these loops.  

front loop and back loop in knitting

Front loop is the one that is directly in front of us and the one that is farther and behind the needle is the back loop.

There is another component that cannot be ignored when talking about the front and back loops and that is the Horizontal Bar. It is the bar or strand present between two stitches.

horizontal bar knitting

Happy Knitting!!!

Monday, 29 October 2018

Knitting : Chevron Stitch

Week 4 of Knit a Block A Week series is the Chevron Stitch 

Chevron Stitch

Multiples of 8 plus 1

Row 1: K1, * P7, K1; repeat from * to end.
Row 2: P1, * K7, P1; repeat from * to end.

Row 3: K2,* P5, K3; repeat from * to last 7 sts, P5, K2.
Row 4: P2, * K5, P3; repeat from * to last 7 sts , K5, P2.

Row 5: K3, * P3, K5; repeat from * to last 6 sts,  P3, K3.
Row 6: P3, *K3, P5; repeat from * to last 6 sts, K3, P3.

Row 7: K4, * P1, K7; repeat from * to last 5 sts , P1, K4.
Row 8: P4, * K1, P7; repeat from * to last 5sts, K1, P4.

Row 9: Same as Row 2
Row 10: Same as Row 1
Row 11: Same as Row 4
Row 12: Same as Row 3
Row 13: Same as Row 6
Row 14: Same as Row 5
Row 15: Same as Row 8
Row 16: Same as Row 7

Repeat these 16 Rows.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Basket Weave Stitch and Double Moss Stitch

Basket Weave Stitch 

Cast on in multiples of 6
Row 1: Knit
Row 2 : Purl
Row 3 : * K1, P4, K1, repeat from *
Row 4: * P1, K4, P1, repeat from *
Row 5 : Same as Row 3
Row 6: Same as Row 4
Row 7: Knit
Row 8 : Purl
Row 9 : * P2 , K2, P2, repeat from *
Row 10: * K2, P2, K2, repeat from *
Row 11: Same as Row 9
Row 12: Same as Row 10.

Repeat these 12 Rows....

Double Moss Stitch ( reversible)

Cast on in multiples of 4 plus 2
Row 1: * K2, P2, repeat from * to last 2 stitches,  K2
Row 2: * P2, K2, repeat from * to last 2 stitches , P2
Row 3 : Same as Row 2
Row 4 : Same as Row 1

Repeat these 4 Rows

Monday, 15 October 2018

Knitting : Irish Moss Stitch and Diagonal Seed Stitch

This is a part of Knit A Block A Week series.
I have knitted a block with two different stitches.

The lower part is the Basic Seed Stitch also known as Irish Moss Stitch.
This stitch gives the fabric a sturdy and textured finish, good enough to be used as borders for sweaters, blankets etc.

The upper part is the Diagonal seed stitch.

Diagonal Seed Stitch 

Multiples of 5 sts
Row 1 ( Right side) : * K4, P1, repeat from * to end.
Row 2 : *P1, K1, P3 repeat from * to end.
Row 3 : * K2, P1, K2, repeat from * to end.
Row 4 : * P3, K1, P1, repeat from * to end.
Row 5 : * P1, K4, repeat from * to end.
Row 6 : *K1, P4, repeat from * to end.
Row 7 : * K3, P1, K1, repeat from * to end.
Row 8 : * P2, K1, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 9 : *K1, P1, K3, repeat from * to end.
Row 10 : * P4, K1, repeat from * to end.

Repeat these 10 rows.

Irish Moss Stitch ( or Basic Seed Stitch)

Multiples of  2 stitches 
Row 1 : *K1, P1, repeat from * to end
Row 2 : * P1, K1, repeat from * to end.

Repeat these 2 rows.

Happy Knitting!!

Monday, 8 October 2018

Garter Stitch & Stockinette Stitch

A week back I had started a Knit a block a week challenge.
So, here comes the first set . I knitted the 2 most basic blocks together.

When I srarted learning to knit I worked the stockinette stitch first. The most common stitch used for school sweaters as they give a plain and a formal look.
Garter Stitch was usually used for add-on panels for scarves.

Interestingly, these names were not used then. I learned these only when I strated using internet.

My favorite of the two, ages ago, was the stockinette as it gives neat finish.
But now, my preference has changed to Garter stitch, as I love its bumpy and not so plain look.

Garter Stitch

Cast on any number of stitches.

Every row : Knit or Purl

Stockinette Stitch 

Cast on any number of stitches.

Row 1 ( right side) - Knit
Row 2 - Purl

Repeat rows 1 and 2 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Knit A Block A Week : What Is It?

While clearing up my craft supplies, I learned that I have lots of unused as well as left over yarn.
And, it has been a long time that I did something crafty. So, I decided to try knitting that had been on my to do list for quite some time.

Starting this Monday, the first day of October 2018; I am planning to knit a block every week till the end of January 2019.

The two basic knit stitches- Knit and Purl, would be the foundation of every block.

I think this is going to be fun and a lot of learning. I will be posting pictures of the finished blocks every Monday.

I am really excited to knit some of my favorite blocks soon...

Wishing myself good luck,
Let's see on next Monday....


1. Garter Stitch and Stockinette Stitch
2. Irish Moss Stitch and Diagonal Seed Stitch
3. Basket Weave Stitch and Double Moss Stitch 
4. Chevron Stitch
5. Check Stitch
6. Twisted and Double twisted stockinette stitch 

Happy Knitting.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Basic Embroidery Stitches : Straight Stitch and Variations

Straight stitch is the most basic stitch of the hundreds of stitches used for embroidery.

Straight Stitch

Straight Stitch

Running stitch is orderly placed straight stitches in a row

Straight Stitch

A stitch that one need not 'learn', but, comes automatically when given a needle and thread. Probably, the foundation of most of the stitches

And, if one thinks out of the box, Stem stitch, Back stitch and even the Fish bone Stitch would seem to be variations of Straight Stitch.

Here are eight pictures of Embroideries using straight stitch. Look how a small difference in strokes gives varied appearance. Click on the pictures to Go to the respective websites.





And last but not the least

Source: Pinterest 

Variations of Straight stitch are :

  1. Running Stitch
  2. Satin Stitch
  3. Granitos
  4. Bundle Stitch
  5. Holbein Stitch
  6. Fern Stitch
  7. Thorn Stitch
  8. Seeding stitch,
  9. Seed stitch
  10. Eyelet Stitch
  11. Diamond Eyelet Stitch
  12. Spoke stitch
  13. Algerian Stitch
  14. Zig zag Stitch
  15. Arrowhead Stitch
  16. Bosnian Stitch
  17. Paris Stitch
  18. Four Sided Stitch
  19. Lantern Stitch
  20. Fan Stitch
  21. Radiating Stitch

Where all Straight Stitch is exclusively used:

Upcoming posts

1. Bundle Stitch
2. Fern Stitch Vs. Thorn Stitch
3. Seed Stitch Vs. Seeding Stitch
4. Eyelet Stitch, Diamond Eyelet Stitch, Algerian Stitch and Spoke Stitch
5. Zig Zag Stitch, Arrowhead Stitch and Bosnian Stitch
6. Paris Stitch Vs. Four Sided Stitch
7. Lantern Stitch, Fan Stitch and Radiating Stitch

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Decorative Embroidery Stitches: Basque Knot Stitch

Basque Knot Stitch  

It is a decorative stitch used for borders. 
Other names are Basque loop stitch, knotted pearl stitch, knotted loop stitch.

Basque Knot Stitch Vs. Basque Stitch

Similar names, but, very different in appearance and the way the two stitches are worked.

Basque Stitch belongs to the family of chain stitches. Basque Knot Stitch is type of Knot Stitch.

Basque Stitch is worked from left to right, whereas, the latter is worked from right to left.

Basque Knot Stitch 

Basque Knot Stitch

Here's how it is worked:

Bring the needle up at 'a', go down at 'b' and come up again at 'c'.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Decorative Embroidery Stitches : Basque Stitch

Basque Stitch

Basque Stitch is also known as Twisted Daisy Border Stitch. It is a combination of Detached Chain Stitch and Buttonhole Stitch.

It is a beautiful decorative stitch that can make any plain neckline of dresses look wonderful.
It can be used along with beads to enhance its beauty. It can be stitched with multicoloured threads to give a fabulous effect.

Whipped Basque Stitch

Basque Stitch whipped with another thread looks divine.

Let's see how this stitch is worked.

Doesn't this look like the flower shown in the picture below? It is called the Pieris japonica ' white'.

So here I go to experiment more on this.
Planning to use this for a neckline on my dress.
Do let me know how much you like this stitch.

Happy Stitching !