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How To Knit Garter Stitch

How To Knit Garter Stitch

An expert knitter shows beginners how to make a garter stitch. She explains what a garter stitch is and what it is good for, and why beginners should learn it.

I'm going to show you how to make garter stitch. Garter stitch is a stitch pattern that's made entirely using the knit stitch. This is garter stitch, it's a fairly stretchy material, it has alternating knit stitches and pearl stitches showing in the pattern, it's nice and square; it doesn't roll.

And to make garter stitch, all you have to do is make the knit stitch, so you're going to knit across the row. There's no pearling in garter stitch. It works very well for things like blanket squares, children's clothes.

It works for scarves. I think everyone's first project in knitting is a garter stitch scarf. When you get to the end of the row, you just need to ensure that your yarn is to the back, and that you insert your needle for the knit stitch just above this bump, okay, and you carry on knitting across the row.

And that is all there is to it, there's no pearl stitches, very straightforward, and it produces a nice elastic fabric that works for almost any application. And I'll just show you one more row of garter stitch. Again, when you turn your work, make sure that you keep your yarn to the back.

What you don't want to do is lift that yarn over the top of the needle, because you can see this is one stitch, but when I lift that yarn over, both legs of that stitch open up, and if I knit both of those, I will inadvertently increase by one stitch, so you want to keep that yarn down and to the back, and then carry on knitting across that row, just knitting every stitch, keeping your yarn to the back, and producing this lovely textured stitch pattern. And there it is, garter stitch. And that's how you make the garter stitch in knitting. .