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Let’s knit some cute pearls!
This stitch just happened when I was playing around with my yarn and needles trying to come up with a stitch pattern for a blanket square. I decided to call it pearl stitch!
It’s easy to knit as it’s basically stockinette stitch with a little purl (pearl) twist to it!
I really like the texture and the simple but yet elegant look created by the small pearls in the pattern.
It’s also a fun that it’s not really possible to say if it’s a diagonal pattern, diamonds or just pearls!
Does the pearl stitch curl at the edges
Yes, this stitch does curl a bit at the edges. When there are many knits and fewer purls the tension in the fabric gets uneven and this is what causes the rolling edges.
Prevent curling edges in stockinette. This post goes deep into why knit fabric curls and what to do about it.
The supplies needed for knitting pearl stitch
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To knit the pearl stitch pattern you will need:
K – Knit stitch
P – Purl stitch
Need to learn some knitting abbreviations? I keep this list of 88 knitting abbreviations in my knitting journal. Of course, I made a printable pdf to share with my readers as well! You find it in this post
Pearl stitch knitting pattern
Cast on in multiples of 4 + 3 (add edge stitches if you need, read more about edge stitches further down!)
Row 1: K1, P1 *K3, P1* repeat *–* across the row, K1
Row 2: P all stitches
Row 3: *K3, P1* repeat *–* across the row, K3
Row 4: Purl all stitches
Repeat rows 1–4
Want to learn how to skip the purl rows?
I dislike the purl rows because I feel they both slow me down and I have troubles keeping tension when I knit only purl stitches.
So instead of turning my work and purling the purl rows I knit does rows backward.
When I knit backward I get the right tension and I feel like I get a better flow!
Knit backward instead of purling
Why do I add edge stitches
I always add two edges stitches if I’m making a seamed or visible edge kind of project. I guess that’s always when knitting flat!
I add one stitch at the start of the row and one at the end of the row. I slip the first stitch knit wise on every row and purl the last stitch on every row. This way I ensure all edges look nice and tidy, and are easy to seam.