Reversible knit patterns give you two chic sides for the effort of one. With this collection of must-try reversible knit stitches, you’ll learn the secret to beauty from all angles.
These patterns are free, and many are beginner-friendly. Expand your stitch library with this collection of simple knitting stitches that look beautiful on both sides.
Why Use Reversible Knit Stitches?
With some projects, it’s clear that the wrong side will never see the light of day. For example, you can focus on making the outside of a cozy sweater look stunning.
But what about when a gust catches your scarf on a windy day? Or kids throw your lovely knit blanket any which way onto the sofa? Reversible knit stitches are the answer!
Why You’ll Love Reversible Knitting
Versatile: Incorporate reversible stitch patterns into plenty of projects
Creative: Discover heaps of neat and chic patterns
Beautiful: No more ‘wrong’ side!
Add to Your Beginner Stitch Library
Lots of reversible stitches are much simpler than they seem. Patterns often take their shape from clever combinations of knit and purl stitches. If you know how to knit and purl, you can make many of these easy knitting stitches your go-tos.
Will My Project Be Truly Reversible?
Reversible knitting patterns can have an identical front and back or two stunning yet different sides. Look for the following features to check if your knit will be completely reversible.
Knit Stitches That Look The Same on Both Sides
Reversible knitting stitches with even, alternating patterns of knit and purl appear identical on both sides. Geometric shapes like parallelograms and triangles are perfect for this.
Stitches That Look Good on the Wrong Side and Right Side
Shapes like dots and hearts puff out slightly on one side and are indented on the other. While the result is not identical on both sides, these types of reversible stitches give your project texture.
Pro Tip: Use clever colorwork to create a reversible project with two differently colored sides. Reversible patterns like the checked rose brioche stitch will give you this effect.
Use this table for tips on what to look out for to help achieve your desired reversible look.
2 Different-Looking Sides
Types of Stitch Combinations
Even, alternating rows with combinations of knit and purl
Knit 1 stitch in row below (K1B in patterns), cables
Triangles, parallelograms, chevrons, grids
Using one strand of yarn throughout
Using two strands for a two-tone pattern
Basic Knitting Supplies
Reversible knitting stitch patterns usually require typical knitting supplies.
Knitting needles: Most of these patterns can be worked flat with straight needles. For larger projects, like blankets, long circular needles will accommodate the number of stitches required.
Yarn: These stitches can be knit with any yarn choice. Light-colored cotton yarns tend to offer the most stitch definition.
Versatile Reversible Knit Patterns
From geometric shapes to elegant, weaving cables, the world of reversible knit patterns offers endless creative possibilities. Grab a ball of worsted-weight yarn, your favorite needles, and start swatching.
Reversible Knit Stitches for Beginners
Learning a new stitch can be tricky. Patterns with step-by-step written instructions and video tutorials can lend a helping hand while you find your way.
This gorgeous weaving stitch has a similar effect to knitting cables. Knitting novices need not fear; the nautical stitch is beginner-friendly!
This pattern creates charming rows of bubbles and indents. The sides aren’t perfectly identical, but both have an interesting visual effect. Bubbles are super wearable, so this stitch would be great as a scarf.
The ideal starting place for newbie knitters who want to learn a double-sided stitch pattern. Two of the four repeating rows are simple knit stitches, and the others combine knit and purl. Watch a beautiful grid pattern form before your eyes!
A slightly more complex pattern that breathes fresh air into your knitting. The herringbone knitting stitch is unique and mesmerizing to look at. Try it with self-striping yarn to get a color change effect.
Sea-loving knitters who are confident with garter stitch will want to dive right in with this sea foam stitch. Deceptively easy, this pattern repeats stitches in multiples of ten + six for a mesmerizing wave effect.
This practical reversible chevron stitch doesn’t curl and would work amazingly as a reversible afghan knitting pattern. This design is best accomplished with a pair of circular needles and your choice of 12, 24, or even 144 stitches.
Perfectionists and trigonometry lovers (are you out there?!) unite! Pythagoras has gifted us with a perfectly reversible geometric knit stitch. Bring your concentration game for counting stitches. But if you can get through high school math, this will be a fun new stitch to try.
Like an airy French bun, brioche stitch whips up a cushy, elastic fabric. Delicious! Be aware that this stitch uses more yarn than others. Stock up on your skeins, so you don’t run out halfway through your project.
At first glance, the labyrinth stitch seems puzzling and intricate. However, all you need is purl and knit to create this zig-zagging pattern. You will want to track this pattern carefully, so you don’t get lost in this labyrinth.
This depends on where you are in your knitting journey! For beginners, simple reversible knit stitches with alternating knits and purls, like garter or rib stitches, are best. These patterns are easy to remember, so you can quickly find your rhythm.
What kind of projects work well with reversible knit stitches?
Any project where the wrong side and right side will be seen often can benefit from using a reversible stitch. Scarves, washcloths, and blankets are easy projects to practice using stitches that look good on both sides.
Can I make my reversible knit two-tone?
Most of these reversible knitting stitches use just one strand of yarn. This means both sides are the same color. Many reversible geometric patterns look great when you switch yarns throughout to create stripes.
Double-layered stitches, like the checked rose stitch, allow you to create a two-tone pattern that is inverted on one side. Try double knitting if you want different block colors on each side.
Is a reversible stitch the same as double knitting?
Double knitting means using two strands of yarn to create two fabrics at once. This makes a double-sided project which looks great from both sides. The stitch itself may not be reversible, but the work will be.
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