The Stockinette Stitch

Description

In the world of knitting you could say the Stockinette Stitch is the meat to the potatoes of the Garter Stitch.

The stockinette stitch (also known in the UK/Australia/New Zealand as the Stocking Stitch) gives a smooth stacked "V" appearance (right side) and resembles the the raised ridges of the garter stitch on the reverse (wrong side).

So, what is a stockinette stitch?! The stockinette stitch requires mastery of the two basic stitches - to knit and to purl. These two basic stitches are combined by alternating rows - knit every stitch for an entire row, reverse the fabric and purl the next row.

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Instructions

Cast on the required number of stitches for your project, begin knitting every stitch along the row until you have transferred the full row of stitches to your dominant hand then reverse and purl every stitch on the second row (Wrong Side). Continue till you have the desired size.

Difficulty Level:

Beginner Knitting Stitch Difficulty

Cast on:

Cast on any number of stitches.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:

k
p

 

Traditional Instructions

Row 1: k all stitches to end of row
Row 2: p all stitches to end of row

Repeat rows 1 and 2 to desired length.

Stockinette Stitch Chart

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Stockinette Stitch Swatch Examples

Stockinette Example - Right Side

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Stockinette Example - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the Stockinette Stitch

Paris Tank by Tahki Stacy Charles

Paris tank top in stockinette stitch by Takhi Stacy Charles Inc.

Quite casual yet still stylish, this tank top knitted with the Stockinette Stitch is a design by Tahki Stacy Charles Inc available for download on their website.

Both the image and design are property of Tahki Stacy Charles Inc.

Summer Drawstring Bag by Goldenbirdknits

Summer Drawstring bag by GoldenbirdKnits

Skimming the internet I came across this super cute drawstring bag made with the Stockinette Stitch. The pattern is available for free from Stacy's blog at GoldenBirdKnits.

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