Hurdle stitch is a textured pattern created from knits and purls. It consists of rib stitch that’s interrupted by two rows of garter stitch.
This garter ridge resembles the hurdles that horses jump over, which is where the stitch gets its name.
Because it uses only knits and purls, hurdle stitch is great for beginners looking to expand beyond garter and stockinette stitch.
Hurdle stitch lays flat and is reversible and stretchy, making it a good choice for blankets, scarves, sweaters, socks and more!
This swatch is knit using Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in the color 433 Washed Teal. This is an affordable cotton yarn that’s great for washcloths, rugs, coasters, sun hats and more!
To explore more stitches for beginners, check out the 10 Best Beginner Stitches series.
Cast on an even number of stitches
Row 1 and 2: knit all the sts
Row 3 and 4: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row
Repeat Rows 1-4 for Hurdle Stitch flat
Hurdle Stitch in the Round:
Cast on even number of stitches
Round 1 (RS): knit all sts
Round 2: purl all sts
Round 3: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of round
Round 4: Repeat Round 3
Repeat Rounds 1-4 for Hurdle Stitch in the Round
**: Work the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated
RS: Right side of knitting