Stockinette stitch

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Stockinette stitch, basic knitting stitches

Stockinette stitch is one of the most popular, yet easy knitting stitches. It is perfect for any project and for learning the basics of knitting and purling.

The pattern is easy and simple – knitting all knit stitches on one side and all purl stitches on the opposite side. Or you can also begin with a purl row and then a knit row. As long as one side is all purl stitches and the other is all knit stitches, it will turn out as stockinette stitch.

When knitting stockinette stitch in a round knit all the stitches, every row. You can also purl every stitch, every row. Since you are knitting circularly, you are always working on just one side of the piece while working in a round.

Unlike garter stitch, stockinette stitch has a tendency to curl at the edges. This makes a nice finished edge for some projects like rolled edges on hats and scarves, rolled necks or cuffs.

To prevent a stockinette stitch from curling you can add at least 4 more stitches to each end when casting on and always knit them in seed stitch or garter stitch . For example Maple Leaf Dishcloth, which has a border of seed stitch.

Stockinette stitch is often used as the background stitch for cablework, lace motifs or in traditional ornamental knitting like Scandinavian, Peruvian, etc. Because it is nice and smooth embroidery is most often done on it adding another dimension to your work.

Skill level: 1/4 skill-1


You can use any number of stitches + 2 edge stitches.

Work right side rows (1, 3, etc.) from right to left, as shown in the chart. Work all stitches on the wrong side as they appear (simple purl stitch).


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Written Instructions:

Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: purl all stitches
Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Tags: basic knitting stitches, knit and purl, stockinette

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