How to do Stocking Stitch (aka Stockinette Stitch)

Happy Friday!

Hooray at last! The weekend is nearly here, the weather seems to be improving and I’ve started to drag out the summer clothes and put my warm wolly knits away.

We’re continuing the basic stitches with stocking stitch today, or stockinette stitch.

You will need to know how to knit and purl.

There are two rows to this stitch pattern:

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches

It should look something like this:

Stockinette Stitch

The way this looks will depend on what size needle you use in relation to your yarn size. This was knit using the needle size specified on the yarn band. If you went up to a larger size you would get a more open fabric and the Vs would be less pronounced.

The reverse of this fabric is also used in knitted items, I have found it frequently in cabled patterns as a background to show the cable off nicely. Although it looks similar to garter stitch it is usually a little neater and will really make the cables pop.

Reverse Stockinette Stitch

If you want to knit stocking stitch in the round, either on a circular needle or a set of double pins, just keep knitting. No need to purl every other row as you are always knitting the same side of the fabric.

Pop us some pictures or share your uses of stocking stitch in the comments section below.

Have a lovely weekend, see you soon!


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