How to Knit in Jersey

How to Knit in Jersey

How to Knit in Jersey

Contents

    – Knitting in purl jersey

    – Knitting in purl stitch

    – Adding selvage stitches in stockinette stitch

Knitting in stockinette is the perfect exercise for beginners who want to learn how to knit because all you need to know is the basic stitches: the purl and the obverse stitch. It is a regular, flat stitch used to knit sweaters easily. It has the peculiarity of rolling on the edges, so it is advisable to use it for works requiring seams or adding borders so that it does not roll. There are two types of stockinette stitch: purl and a single stitch.

Here’s how to knit in purl or obverse stockinette.

Knitting in right-side stockinette

Right side stockinette stitch is achieved by alternating one row of right side stitch with one row of purl stitch when knitting with straight needles. The right side stockinette is a sequence of V’s on the right side of the work. As it rolls over the edges, it is possible to add selvages to obtain a flat knit.

Knitting in right-sided stockinette with straight needles

    1. Knit the desired number of stitches. Jersey stitch is knitted on an even or odd number of stitches because it is not a fancy stitch.

    2. Knit the first-row right side up.

    3. Knit the second-row purl.

    4. Always repeat these two rows throughout the knitting process.

Remember: place the yarn in front of the work when knitting purl and behind the work when knitting purl.

Knitting in right side stockinette with circular needles

Right side stockinette is achieved by knitting all the stitches right side up in each row because the work is always done on the right side when knitting in the round. Knitting in the round does not require edge stitches.

    1. Stitch the desired number of stitches on an even or odd number of stitches.

    2. Knit the first round right side up and mark the end of the round with a loop made of colored yarn. The stitch binding-off yarn can also be used as a marker at the end of the row.

    3. Knit all rounds right side up.

    4. Be sure to pull the first two stitches of the round tightly together not to create a boundary.

Note: the yarn connected to the ball is always behind the work when knitting in the round in purl.

Knitting in purl stockinette

Purl stockinette is a tight wave pattern that looks like a moss stitch. Purl stockinette is achieved by alternating a purl row on the right side of the work and a right side row on the wrong side when knitting with straight needles. This stitch is also visible on the wrong side of a work knitted in purl.

Knitting in purl with straight needles

    1. Stitch the required number of stitches. Purl stitch is knitted on an even or odd number of stitches.

    2. Knit the first-row purl.

    3. Knit the second-row purl.

    4. Always repeat these two rows.

Place the yarn in front of the work to knit the purl rows on the right side of the work.

Place the yarn behind the work to knit the purl rows on the wrong side of the work.

Knitting purl with circular needles (in the round)

    1. Stitch the required number of stitches.

    2. Mark the end of the round with colored yarn or mark the end with yarn.

    3. Knit all rounds inside out.

Place the yarn in front of the work to knit the purl rounds.

Adding edge stitches to stockinette stitch

How to Knit in Jersey

Because stockinette stitch rolls on the edges, it is sometimes necessary to add edge stitches to achieve a flat knit (edge stitches are the first and last stitches in a row). If a rolling edge is the desired effect or if it is indicated in the pattern you are knitting, it is not mandatory to add flat edges in work. It is also possible to iron your knitted fabric to flatten the edges. If you are knitting something intended for sewing, selvages are unnecessary, so the result is usually interwoven.

The simple chain selvage

    – Place the yarn connected to the ball at the back of the work.

    – On the right side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting it right side up, then knit the next stitch’s right side up.

    – Knit the last stitch right side up.

    – On the wrong side of the work, place the yarn in front of the work.

    – Slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting purl, and then knit the next stitch purl.

    – Knit the selvage stitches in each row of the work.

The simple beaded selvage

    – Place the yarn connected to the ball at the back of the work.

    – On the right side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if you were knitting it right side up, then knit the following stitches as usual.

    – Knit the last stitch right side up.

    – On the wrong side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting right side up, and then knit the following stitches right side up.

    – Knit the edge stitches in each row of the work.

Note: Be sure to pull the edge stitches tight on both sides of the work to create a clean, even edge.

    – To prevent the edge of the binding-off stitches from rolling over the stockinette stitch, plan to knit a few rows of mossy or 1/1 ribbing. This is a method often used to knit sweaters.

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