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Knit Stitch Spotlight: Stockinette Stitch


Welcome back to the Stitch Spotlight series my friends! Today we are going to dive right in and get back to basics: we’re focusing on stockinette stitch. This is one of my favorite stitches to use because it is so versatile and creates a very smooth and sleek fabric. Stockinette stitch is used heavily for knitting sweaters, hats, mitts, socks and beyond! This stitch really is the ‘classic’ stitch most people think of when they think of a knit garment — the right side of the fabric will be made from little “v” shapes. The wrong side will be made up with little purl bumps.

Most knitters usually learn stockinette stitch right after mastering garter stitch. Knit flat, stockinette stitch is knit with alternating rows of knit stitches and purl stitches. In the round, it is an incredibly simple stitch because you simply knit every stitch.

So, here we go!

To knit stockinette stitch:

Row 1 (RS): Knit all stitches

Row 2 (WS): Purl all stitches

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length has been achieved.

Got it? Alright!

To knit stockinette stitch in the round, simply knit all stitches. There is no need to purl any rows because the WS is not being worked.

Which stitch has been your favorite so far?