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.
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.
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.