Knitting Stitches (part 1 of 2)
They play a vital role in any knitted fabric. The shape, type and pattern of these stitches add to or take away from the appeal of the finished product. They also determine the quality of the fabric. The stitches produced using knitting machines are generally more even-textured than the ones produced by hand/manually. Some are easier to produce with hand knitting, while the others are easier to produce with knitting machines.
Hundreds of beautiful patterns can designs can be created on cloth with the aid of knitting stitches. These stitches combined with purls can literally create visual effects on cloth. Permutations and combinations in these stitches and purls create fabulous effects on cloth. Purls, stitches and wales combined together, literally create the most interesting patterns and designs ever.
The easiest form of knitting stitches is the stocking stitch. It is used for creating stable fabrics that curl up when one is done with knitting. This type of stitch is usually used in making pullovers, single-colored sweaters, shawls etc.
The striped stocking stitch is a type of stitch whereby a new color can be incorporated in every stitch row. But on a machine, an even number of rows should be knitted before making color changes in the succeeding rows. If a person is hand-knitting, then he/she can create several interesting designs with a ‘striped stock stitch’.