What is your favorite stitch?
For me, the answer is always changing!
I love slip stitches, and lace, and edging and… well, the truth is, I don’t have 1 favorite stitch.
One stitch that makes the list, is a rather simple, but very interesting stitch:
The Continuous Cross or ‘Chain stitch’
Still it's not so hard that most knitters can’t get the tension right after a few tries.
Here are 2 examples of finished objects that made use of the stitch.
The Continuous Cross or Chain Stitch
This stitch is similar to a simple ‘crossed’ stitch, which is really just a simple 2 stitch cable-one that is worked with out a cable needle, by working stitches, while still on the needle, out of order.
This stitch can be worked over any number of stitches, straight or in the round.
It creates a horizontal ‘chain’ across the front of your knitting. It's surprisingly stretchy, and very decorative.
Foundation row-Purl (or some rows of stocking knit stitch)
Row 1: K2 (selvage) then, Make 1 by picking up the bar between the last stitch knit and next stitch, twist it, and place on LEFT needle.
(this is a pretty standard style of Make1) This new stitch is the C stitch.
Make a crossed stitch—(2 stitch cable)
Knit into second stitch on left hand needle (going through back loop), then knit the C stitch, then let both stitches drop off needle
(this is standard cross stitch)
Repeat from ** across row till 2 stitches remain.
When 2 stitches remain, DO NOT move the C stitch to left needle
Knit the next stitch, pass the C stitch over that stitch—in a standard ‘bind off’ style.
Row 2 to X: stocking knit stitch, (purl/even numbered rows, Knit/odd numbered rows.)
This stitch can be done in round—just eliminate the 2 selvage stitches at either end of row.
At the end of the round, ‘bind off’ the C stitch onto the Make 1.
You might also think about how to position the C stitch on the left needle.
You'll find it a bit easier to work if the C stitch if, when returning it to the left needle, you mount it backwards, and knit into the back loop.
The backwards mount, combined with knitting into the back loop will result in a NON-TWISTED stitch, and will be easier to knit.
This cross stitch looks best IM(NS)HO when done in rows separated by 1 inch or so of stocking knit.