Directions for knitting a mesh stitch

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Directions for knitting a mesh stitch
The mesh stitch is suitable for advanced beginners. (knitting image by Joanna Redesiuk from

Some knitting projects call for more intricate or advanced stitch patterns than simple garter or stockinet stitches. The mesh stitch is a moderately challenging knitting stitch suitable for projects that call for an airy, delicate stitch. Washcloths, decorative edgings, spring scarves or reusable shopping bags are just some of the things that can be made with this stitch. Ideal for advanced beginners, this stitch requires the requisite skills of casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing and binding off.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles

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  1. 1

    Choose a yarn and a pair of knitting needles according to the weight of your yarn. The needle size should be appropriate for your intended project. Yarn manufacturers list a suggested needle size on the label of each yarn.

  2. 2

    Cast on an even number of stitches. A sample piece usually requires the stitches worked over an approximate 4-inch square, while other projects, such as scarves or washcloths, may require more or fewer stitches. The approximate number of stitches per inch is usually listed on the yarn label.

  3. 3

    Bring the yarn to the front of your work, creating a stitch known as a "yarn over."

  4. 4

    Slip the working needle into the next two stitches. Knit these two stitches as if they were one in a stitch configuration known as "knit two together," commonly abbreviated as "k2tog."

  5. 5

    Repeat the "yarn over, knit two together" stitch pattern for the remainder of the stitches.

  6. 6

    Turn the work, so that the stitches you just worked are poised to be worked again on the opposite side of the knitting project.

  7. 7

    Purl across the next row of stitches.

  8. 8

    Slip one stitch without working it. Knit the next stitch on the needle. Pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch, leaving the knit stitch on the needle. This stitch configuration is referred to as an "SKP."

  9. 9

    Slide the yarn to the front of your work, executing the "yarn over" manoeuvre.

  10. 10

    Repeat the "SKP, yarn over" manoeuvres for the remainder of the stitches in this row.

  11. 11

    Turn your work after completing all the stitches in the row, positioning them so they can be knit on the opposite, or back, side of your work.

  12. 12

    Purl all stitches in this row.

  13. 13

    Repeat the stitch pattern of "yarn over, knit two together" in the next row. Purl the row of stitches after that. Complete the stitch pattern of "SKP, yarn over" on the stitches in the next row. Purl the row after that. Repeat this pattern of stitching until your knitting has reached your desired length.

  14. 14

    Bind off all stitches.

Tips and warnings

  • Rip out stitches or entire rows if you feel they are not completed to your satisfaction. Mistakes happen.

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