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The Garter Stitch


The garter stitch is the first step into the world of knitting for the majority of people, as it is one of the easiest and (possibly as a result) the most common stitch patterns used in knitting projects.

The garter stitch gives a rugged look, comprised of a series of horizontal ridges which will feel bumpy to the touch - these ridges formed from the tops of knitted loops on every other row.

Knitting with a garter stitch will result in a very flexible and sturdy item of knitting that will be resistant to curling at the edges. As such, its a useful knitting stitch for pretty much every occasion - from a garter stitch scarf to baby blankets to use as a utility stitch to edge.

So, what is a garter stitch? A garter stitch is very simply comprised of knitting every single row (see Knit Stitch) until you reach the desired size for your project.

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

Difficulty Level:

Beginner Knitting Stitch

Cast on:

Cast on any number of stitches.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:



Traditional Instructions

Row 1: k all stitches

Repeat row 1.

Garter Stitch Chart

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Example of Garter Stitch - Right Side

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Example of Garter Stitch - Wrong Side

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Knitting Projects using the Garter Stitch

Fiona Coat by Lene Holme Samsøe

The Fiona cardigan is a beautiful knitted design using only the garter stitch I first spotted on KnittingDaily.

The design is by Lene Holme Samsøe and is available in her book Essentially Feminine Knits.

Scarf by Yarnspirations

This simple scarf came to my attention through a post on Raverly.

The design is by Yarnspirations and is available online at Yarnspirations.

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Stitches & Instruction by Alison; Article by Brian

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