Horizontal Knit Welt Stitch by Janice Jones |Published 10-28-2023
Here's another popular rib stitch that is stretchy but stretchy in a vertical way as opposed to traditional ribs that stretch horizontally. So, if you thought that this pattern looks like a rib stitch, you would be correct. Also known as The Reverse Ridge Stitch Knitting Pattern, the term Welt, according to Knit Picks, is a raised tube of material that is worked into a knitted piece.
So, just to be clear, I’m not talking about the kind of welt you might find on your skin!
But when you think about it, the image of a welt forming on your skin could be where the name originated.
The knit welt stitch pattern consists of horizontal ribs created with knit and purl stitches. It seems thicker than it is due to the amount of texture that you can create with this simple repeat pattern.
This is a reversible pattern, meaning that both sides of your work, the right and wrong sides, are identical. It is also considered an excellent knitting stitch for beginners and is categorized as a knit and purl stitch.
In this tutorial, I am going to explain the types of skills you will need to create this pattern, needed supplies, provide the directions, and include possible projects you might consider. Lastly, I'll provide a knitting chart that you can use if you decide to practice this stitch pattern.
This is a beginner-friendly stitch pattern that novice knitters should be able to master quickly.
For this stitch tutorial, use whatever yarn you have on hand and the corresponding knitting needles.
It is very beginner-friendly because all you need to know is how to make purl and knit stitches. It's also a 6-row repeat, which is easy to memorize. This pattern is also very similar to my purl ridge knit pattern tutorial. This link takes you to my free dishcloth pattern.
This knit pattern works well for blankets and scarves. Designers have also used this stitch to create hats. I personally think it would be very easy to knit some fingerless gloves without the need for too much math and measuring.
Cast On any number of stitches.
Rows 1: (RS) K
Row 2: (WS) P
Row 3: K
Row 4: K
Row 5: P
Row 6: Knit
Repeat these six rows until you reach your desired length. Bind off and weave in ends.
This beginner-level stitch doesn’t require a knitting chart, but if you learn how to use one now, it will be much easier when you attach more complicated stitch patterns.
This is a very simple chart. For more information on knitting charts, check out the knit chart tutorial.