by Janice Jones |Published 12-20-2022
The knit hurdle stitch is a beginner-friendly pattern of stitches that consists of two rows of the garter stitch, and two rows of one by one ribbing.
It is considered to be a reversible stitch because both the front and back sides look the same.
If you can make knit and purl stitches, you can master this pattern quickly and create a variety of objects that are perfect for this stitch.
As is the case with many knit and crochet stitches, the names are derived from how the pattern appears. In this case, the two rows of knit stitches form the "hurdles" which look the obstacles or barriers that horses jump over or dogs in an agility course.
Since this pattern is reversible, this stitch is useful for many projects:
Cast On: Multiples of 2
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit All
Row 3: * K1, P1 *
Row 4: * K1, P1 *
For the purposes of this tutorial, I used the following supplies:
For this tutorial, you can use any type of yarn and corresponding needles, but if you want to follow along with these instructions, in the end you will have created a lovely 100% cotton face cloth or dishcloth.
This pattern and tutorial uses US terms.
Here are the abbreviations that I used.
CO = Cast On
sts = stitches
BO = Bind Off
The finished dishcloth / facecloth measures 7 inches by 7 inches (17.8 by 17.8 cm).
To make this project larger, add 6 stitches for every inch you want to add. So for example if you want an 8 inch cloth, CO 44 sts. instead of the 38 inches suggested below.
CO 38 stitches
Row 1 and 2: K all sts.
Row 3: *K 1, P1* across the row
Row 4: *K 1, P1* across the row
Repeat rows 1 through 4 until you reach your desired length. To create a dishcloth/facecloth, the finished project size is 7 inches square. BO after row 1 knit all stitches.
Weave in ends.