Hurdle Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

This Hurdle Stitch Knitting Pattern is a sweet knit and purl combination. It resembles the hurdles jumped in track class or horses. This rib pattern knits up with a thick texture, lies perfectly flat, and is a reversible pattern in a simple combination of knits and purls. Easily add a pop texture to knitting projects with this stitch when designing blankets, scarves, and hats.

Hurdle stitch texture knitted with blue colored yarn on wooden needle.

About the Hurdle Stitch

Stitch Techniques

A series of easy knits and purls create this textured pattern.

Texture Design

This Ribbed Stitch is a combination of the Garter Stitch and 1×1 Rib Stitch Pattern.

Row Repeat

Knit up the Hurdle Stitch in a simple 4-row repeat.

Lays Flat

It is a favorite stitch choice because this pattern easily lays flat.


The Hurdle Stitch is a reversible pattern, meaning that both sides of your work, the right and wrong sides, are identical.

Right and wrong sides of the Hurdle stitch texture knitted with blue colored yarn.

Knit Stitch Pattern Book

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Can the Hurdle Stitch be knit in the round on circular needles?

Yes, this pattern includes written instructions to knit it in the round. Try it out with either circular or double-pointed needles.

Hurdle stitch knitting texture on circular bamboo needles with blue colored yarn.

Knitting Techniques

The Hurdle Stitch is an easy combination of simple Knit and Purl Stitches. Find my entire library of Knitting Techniques to help knit up this project.

Close-up of Hurdle stitch texture knitted with blue colored yarn.

Cast On and Cast Off for Ribbing

When beginning and ending Rib Stitch Patterns, you may wish to do so “in pattern.” This creates the ribbed texture along the edge for knitted items like sleeves and necks, rather than a solid horizontal edge.

Casting On: Alternating the Long-Tail Cast On Knitwise and Cast On Purlwise stitches in pattern to begin your project.

Casting Off: Alternating the Basic Cast Off Knitwise and Cast Off Purlwise gives the finished edge the same texture as your ribbing.

Pillow Project Idea

This easy Hurdle Stitch texture became instantly popular with everyone, so I thought it would be fun to design a project using this simple stitch, too. Pillows give your home decor an instant pop of color, both indoors and out!

Two knitted pillows in hurdle stitch texture in shades of blue yarn color on a white adirondack chair.

Printable Knitting Instructions

Hurdle Basket Weave Stitch Knitting Pattern in blue yarn color on knitting needle.

Printable Knitting Pattern

The Hurdle Knit Stitch Pattern is a 4-Row Repeat, Reversible pattern.

Makes: Hurdle Stitch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner


  • Yarn - Any Gauge


  • Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors



Cast On: Multiples of 2

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit All
  3. Row 3: * K1, P1 *
  4. Row 4: * K1, P1 *



  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All
  2. Row 2: Purl All
  3. Row 3: * K1, P1 *
  4. Row 4: * K1, P1 *


Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until your piece is the length you desire

Repeat pattern between the * * asterisks

Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern

4-Row Repeat



  1. Slip Knot 
  2. CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
  3. K = Knit Stitch 
  4. P = Purl Stitch
  5. BO = Bind Off
  6. Weave In Ends



Knitting chart graph of the Hurdle Stitch.

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