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Garter Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

The Garter Stitch is the most basic Knit Stitch Patterns in which you simply knit stitch every row. It is easy to knit, reversible, lays flat, and is stretchy.

This 2-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern is an easy-level project, perfect for everyone who has completed my Absolute Beginner Knitting Series.

Get your free written pattern instructions with video tutorials below. You may also purchase my ad-free Knit Stitch Pattern Book in both hardcopy and e-book formats.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Garter Stitch Knitting Pattern

PRO TIPS TO HELP YOU KNIT the Garter Stitch

REVERISBLE PATTERN: This is a reversible pattern, meaning that each side of your work, the Right and Wrong sides, look the exacely the same.

CHANGING YARN COLORS: I have a great trick on how to change yarn color when knitting stripes in the Garter pattern for you, too!

Edges Lay Flat: This easy texture lays flat. In fact, for patterns that tend to curl up, it’s advisable to add a Garter Stitch border because it allows your work to look great!

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HOW TO KNIT the Garter Knit Stitch Pattern

Let’s take a close look at our Garter Knit Stitch Pattern, seeing exactly how those knit stitches make this basic pattern. A complete knitting video tutorial is available below in this post.

TWO-ROW REPEAT: The classic texture is created by repeating these two easy-to-remember rows.

How to Begin: Cast On any number of stitches onto your knitting needle.

Row 1: Knit All Stitches. The first row is the right side of your work, which is the side that will be visible once it is knitted up.

Row 2: Knit All Stitches. Yes, the second row is to knit all stitches again while on the the wrong side of the work. Doesn’t get any easier that this!

Row Repeats: Continue knitting Rows 1 and 2 until your work is the length you desire, then cast off your stitches and weave in your ends.


KNITTING MATERIALS

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EASY KNITTING TECHNIQUES

The Garter Stitch is an easy combination of simple Knit and Purl Stitches. Find my entire library of Knitting Techniques to help knit up this project.


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Find the Garter Stitch on page 3 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book. Get your free printable pattern further down in this post!

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HOW TO KNIT GARTER STITCH PATTERN
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Garter Knit Stitch Pattern with white yarn color on a knitting needle.

Garter Stitch Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Garter Stitch Pattern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner

The Garter Stitch is the most basic Knit Stitch Patterns in which you simply knit stitch every row. It is easy to knit, reversible, lays flat, and is stretchy.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Tools

  • Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

KNITTED FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES:

Cast On Any Number of Stitches

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit All

or

IN THE ROUND ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES:

Cast On Any Number of Stitches

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All
  2. Row 2: Purl All

    Notes

    Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your piece is the length you desire.

    Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern

    2-Row Repeat

    Lays Flat, Does Not Curl Up

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    KNITTING TECHNIQUES

    1. Slip Knot 
    2. CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
    3. K = Knit Stitch 
    4. P = Purl Stitch
    5. BO = Bind Off
    6. Weave In Ends

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    KNITTING CHART

    Knitting Chart of Garter Knit Stitch Pattern Chart with Video Tutorial by Studio Knit

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