Garter Stitch

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Expand your knitting skills with these tips on how to create a garter stitch.
Adapted from "Field Guide to Knitting" by Jackie Pawlowski, published by Quirk Books.

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Step 1

Garter stitch derives its name from its earliest use in the band at the top of a stocking. Its horizontal ease made it particularly suitable for stretching where stretch was needed most. Despite modern-day knitters’ preference for using ribbing at the top of their socks, the name has stuck.

Step 2

Properties: Garter stitch produces a flat, reversible, even-tensioned fabric that will not curl around its edges. Horizontal purl ridges offset by knit troughs make it thicker than stockinette, and its lateral spread will cause it to appear more squat, as well.

Step 3

Yarn Consumption: Alternating purl ridges and knit troughs pull in the fabric, creating horizontal ribbing that increases yarn consumption.

Step 4

Suggested Uses: Its flat, reversible fabric makes garter stitch a favorite for sweater edgings and baby blankets, though it is also suitable for the main fabric of garments. For a scarf with vertical stripes, use a long circular needle to cast enough stitches onto the needle to cover the length of the scarf. Knit in garter stitch, switching colors at whim until scarf is at the desired width.
Pattern: ALL ROWS: Knit.

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