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Learning the basics: Garter and Stockinette

This week I’m going to show you the two most well-known stitches you can do using knit and purl (check here for my tutorial on the two basic stitches): the Garter stitch, and the Stockinette stitch.

GARTER STITCH

Basically, the only thing that you need to do is to knit every stitch, and do this for every row. You don’t use any other technique. The pattern resulting from this technique is reversible, which means that it looks the same from each side. In this case, you will see one big wave line for every two rows you knit. So, for instance, if you look at the photo above, you will see four chunky wave lines. This means that I knitted eight rows.

STOCKINETTE STITCH

For stockinette, you alternate knit and purl rows. So, you knit your first row completely, from the first to the last stitch, and then when you turn your work around (so, for the second row) you purl every stitch. This pattern is double-sided. You’ve got the “right” side, which shows the pattern with multiple V’s (VVVVVV), and the “wrong” side, which shows the waves pattern. You will see stockinette in all kinds of garments. It is a very good and simple technique if you want to get started with making sweaters. As you can see in the picture, stockinette is flatter than garter, and indeed it will “flatter” your figure more!

AN IMPORTANT TIP: CHECK OUT THOSE EDGES!

When you are starting and finishing a row, make sure that you tighten your yarn a bit, so that you don’t end up having irregular edges. There are other techniques in order to knit leaving a nice and even edge, but we will deal with these in a few weeks!

So, here is my video tutorial! Still have to find the perfect camera setting, so that I don’t need to knit so far away from my body (you can see how I’m a bit clumsy in that) but I’m getting there! Enjoy!

 

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    theumediary
    September 1, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Lovely videos!! I used to knit occasionally; your videos will be a great refresher for me when I pick up the knitting needles again 🙂

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