How to knit pebble stitch

Published on March 17, 2020 2 min read

If you're a keen knitter, you might have come across pebble stitch in various patterns before but may not know it even had it's own name! If you'd like to learn to knit pebble stitch, there's no time like the present! Learn how to knit pebble stitch using this fab video as an easy beginners guide.

What is pebble stitch?

It might seem pretty obvious, but the pebble stitch creates a lovely textured bobble effect. To pebble stitch you'll be combining knit and purl rows a long with knitting two together and purling two together to create a sequence of rows to created this pebble stitch look.

Once you've mastered the art of pebble stitch, why not try this free bath mitt project - perfect project to practice your pebble stitch!

pebble stitch bath mitt

How to knit a bath mitt

What can you make with one ball of cotton yarn? A face cloth! Here, Lovecrafts veteran Merion folds one in half to make a handy bath mitt that is perfect for the bubbliest of baths!

Merion says: "I love hand-knitted face cloths – 100% cotton yarn is wonderful for the skin, and you can machine wash it and use it over and over again! I've been making fun cotton bath mitts for my children in all the colors of the rainbow – so I decided to make a grown-up one for myself, in a cool slate grey!"

To create this lovely mitt, Merion uses pebble stitch, which creates a gorgeous texture that's ideal for exfoliating. Plus, it's a fabulously easy four-row repeat that you'll memorise in a wink! Merion chose to use a DK-weight cotton, but you can make this up in DK or aran weight, but it must be cotton.

Merion used one ball of Rowan Handknit Cotton in Slate (347) and a pair of straight 4mm needles.

pebble stitch matt mitt surrounded by cosmetics

Knitted bath mitt step-by-step


Cast on 50 stitches. Rib 6 rows, begin pattern on row 7 as follows...


Row 1: (RS) K all.


Row 2: P all.


Row 3: K2tog all the way across the row.


Row 4: *K1, K1 in horizontal bar before next st*, all the way across the row.


Repeat these 4 rows until square until your piece is long enough to cover your hand, with the rib sitting on your wrist. 


Cast off, and then fold in half right sides together, sew up the side seam and top to make the mitt, and turn inside out. Sew in ends.

This would make a wonderfully thoughtful small gift, especially if you knit it to match somebody's bathroom colors, and add a gorgeous luxury soap! Make them up in reds and greens for Christmas, or knit them in fabulous brights for bath-time fun for children! (pssst, what about knitting them in palest blue and white for Frozen themed stocking fillers?!)

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