Granite Stitch: knitting tutorial

Granite Stitch: a super versatile knitting stitch to create a unique texture resembling small pebbles or sand grains.

Despite its elaborate appearance, it is an easy knitting stitch to work and learn by heart, and, with a little practice, even those who are taking their first steps in the knitting world can make it.

It’s perfect to give an original look to your projects without being too complicated to make. This stitch is great for winter collars, blankets, sweaters, and any other project that requires a soft, slightly stretchy fabric. Let’s see how it’s made!

For the swatch you see in the picture, we used:


Granite Stitch: stitches and techniques

This stitch combines 4 basic knitting techniques:

  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • Decrease (knit 2 stitches together)
  • Increase (KFB or knit front and back increase)

Check out the Video Tutorials section on our website to find many knitting tutorials and much more to practice your stitches!

Keep reading to find the Granite Stitch pattern and step-by-step instructions!

How to knit the Granite Stitch

Cast on an even number of stitches.

Row 1: knit all stitches.

Row 2: *knit 2 stitches together*, repeat from * to * until the end of the row. You will have half of the cast-on stitches.

Row 3: in each stitch, make 1 KFB increase (i.e. “knit front and back”, which means knit the same stitch twice, first through the front loop and then through the back loop, before dropping it off the needle). At the end of the row, you will have all the cast-on stitches again.

Row 4: purl all stitches.

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until you’ve reached the desired length for your project.

Granite Stitch features

You will definitely love the Granite Stitch for its:

  • Versatility: Granite Stitch adapts to any type of yarn, from the thinnest to the thickest. Try it with Bettaknit’s Alpa Cotton for a soft and warm effect, or with Pima Cotton for a more summery and fresh look.
  • Stretch: thanks to the combination of knit and purl stitches, Granite Stitch has a slight elasticity which makes it comfortable and adaptable to various items of clothing.
  • Texture: the “grainy” surface is perfect to add dimension and depth to your projects. It brings your yarns to life, making them stand out with a pattern that captures the light in a sophisticated way.

Granite Stitch knitting chart

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Granite Stitch knitting chart

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