Stitch Patterns!

Fall is my favorite season because it means that it is time to dig out all of my sweaters and start layering! As a knitter, I know and love the variety of stitch patterns that I can create and use in my wardrobe. For those who don’t knit, here’s a handy guide to stitches that you will find in stores and what makes them each unique.


“Plain” knit fabric created by keeping all the knit stitches (V-shaped) on one side and the purls (bar shaped) on the other. Usually worn with the knit side out. If worn the other way, it’s called “reverse stockinette.”

stockinette_puddlejumperPattern: “Puddle Jumper Poncho” by Bobbi Intveld

Available at: Fibre Space

Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers “Sweater” available at fibre space

Photo Credit: © Blue Sky Fibers


Columns of knit and purl stitches line up to form a cushy fabric with lots of built-in stretch. A ribbed sweater or beanie always looks sleek and chic!

rib_hudson-1Pattern: “Hudson” by Julie Hoover

Available at Brooklyn Tweed  

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed “Shelter” available at fibre space

Photo Credit: © Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed

Garter Stitch

This stretchy fabric is created with knit stitches on both sides so it’s completely reversible! Often seen in accessories like scarves and shawls where both sides will be visible.

garter_redePattern: “Rede” by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Available at: fibre space

Yarn: Woolfolk “Hygge” available at fibre space

Photo Credit: © woolfolkyarn


Stitches curve and cross over each other to make complex patterns (which conveniently makes the fabric of the sweater thicker and cozier!). Think of sailors and traditional Aran sweaters and you’ll know the look!

cable_piedmontPattern: “Piedmont” by Julie Hoover

Available at fibre space

Yarn: mYak “Baby Yak Medium” available at fibre space

Photo Credit: © Julie Hoover

Seed Stitch

Also known as moss stitch, knits and purls alternate to create a densely textured fabric, often used as a background for cables, or where a reversible fabric is needed. Great for a cozy cowl!

seed_tamarack_his_03Pattern: “Tamarack” by Jared Flood

Available at Brooklyn Tweed  

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed “Quarry” available at fibre space

Photo Credit: © Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed


Stop by fibre space to check out these cute stitch pattern mugs from Debbie Bliss Home; not only are they illustrated with different stitches, the directions for knitting them are right inside the mug. The perfect gift for a crafty friend!

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Danielle, owner of the fibre space shop, has been knitting since the age of six or so, when she completed her first project – a Cabbage Patch doll scarf. A Pittsburgh native with a degree in international development, she moved to the D.C. area to find a job and quickly established a career in non profit management and fundraising. For extra cash, she decided to turn her hobby into a job and taught knitting classes in the evening at area shops. With a heavy dose of sarcasm and a tough love style of teaching, Danielle quickly developed a following of students – busy D.C. professionals looking for a creative outlet. In October 2006, she struck out on her own with Knit-a-Gogo, Inc. – offering knitting classes and events all over the D.C. metro area. Before she knew it, Knit-a-Gogo had grown out of control and Danielle moved to the next natural step – a full service yarn shop. In July 2009 fibre space was born and has been rockin’ ever since. When she isn’t behind the scenes with a mocha in hand, Danielle is hanging with her daughter or lobbying for small business needs at City Hall.

fibre space™ specializes in unique yarns and fibres from hand dyed, independent, local and U.S.-made sources for knitting, crochet & spinning. Enjoy our wide selection of classes, designer workshops, yarn tastings, movie nights & more. Join the community in our comfy lounge, and let the helpful staff at fibre space™ get you started on your next handmade creation!

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Alexandria, VA 22314


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