Basic Stitches

The knitting board, unlike the round loom and rake, sets up an entire row for a stitch pattern by wrapping all of the pegs, moving back and forth across the rakes until all pegs are wrapped. The basic stitches noted on this site will help you determine which wrapping method to use for your stitch patterns. The two most common are the knit stitch (diagonal wrap) and the knit tbl stitch (figure eight (e-wrap) wrap) both of which wrap the working yarn above the current wrap on the peg.

Some knitting board knitters substitute the figure eight wrap (knit tbl stitch) for the diagonal wrap (knit stitch) in patterns. This will change the gauge so be sure to check the measurement before working on your item so that your item will be the correct size.

The order in which you wrap the pegs on the knitting board will create stitch patterns with the knit/knit tbl stitches, purl stitches and/or slip stitches. If you would like an entire row to be purled or purled through the back loop, though, you will need to change how you wrap each peg. You will still use a diagonal or figure eight wrap but the placement of the wrap will be below the current wrap on the peg. See the purl and purl tbl stitches for more information.

Four Basic Stitches

Here is a chart to help you determine how to wrap for each of the four basic stitches. Use one type of stitch throughout a stitch pattern or mix and match.

Basic Stitches
Stitch Wrap Placement
Knit Diagonal Above existing wrap
Knit tbl Figure Eight Above existing wrap
Purl Diagonal Below existing wrap
Purl tbl Figure Eight Below existing wrap