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Stockinette Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

The Stockinette Stitch is an easy knitting pattern that creates a smooth, classic texture. You simply alternate two types of knitting techniques.

Knitted flat, begin by knitting the right side and then purling the wrong. It’s even simpler in the round by knitting all stitches on all rows!

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

Stockinette Knit Stitch Pattern texture in white color yarn on knitting needle.

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HOW TO KNIT the Stockinette Stitch

Let’s take a close look at our Stockinette Stitch Pattern, seeing exactly how those knits and purls are knitted together to make this pretty, simple pattern. This 2-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern is an easy-level project with this simple combination of knits and purls.

Make sure to watch my step-by-step knitting video tutorial further below in this post.

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

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

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STOCKINETTE FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES

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: Purl All Stitches. The second row is knit from the wrong side of the work.

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

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STOCKINETTE STITCH IN THE ROUND

Row 1: Knit All Stitches.

Row 2: Knit All Stitches. It’s so easy to knit in the round on circular or double-pointed needles, since every row is simply the knit stitch.

Row Repeats: Knit all rows until your work is the length you desire, then bind off your stitches and weave in your ends.

Stockinette Knit Stitch Pattern in blue color yarn on needle with right and wrong sides of the swatch.

PRO TIPS TO HELP YOU KNIT the Stockinette Stitch

IS THE KNITTED STOCKINETTE STITCH REVERSIBLE? This is not a reversible pattern, meaning that each side of your work, the Right and Wrong sides, look different. You can see in the photo below that the right (or front) side has a smooth, classic knitted texture with its V-Stitches. The wrong (or back) side looks like little bumpy waves.

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

CURLING EDGES: Please note that side edges of the Stockinette Stitch tends to curl up. You will see in the video that I added the Garter Stitch on the first and last 2 stitches of each row to help it lie flat. Blocking your work is helpful, too.

Right and Wrong Sides of Stockinette Knit Stitch Pattern with Stripes. How to Remove Purl Dash Lines - Knit Stripes with Studio Knit


KNITTING MATERIALS

Feel free to use any size yarn and needles for your creative project.

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES

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


KNIT STITCH: 50 KNIT + PURL PATTERN BOOK

Find the Stockinette Stitch on page 4 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book. Get your free printable pattern further down in this post!

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STOCKINETTE STITCH PATTERN
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Stockinette Stitch Printable Knitting Pattern

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

The Stockinette Stitch is an easy knitting pattern that creates a smooth, classic texture.

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): Purl All

or

IN THE ROUND ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES:

Cast On Any Number of Stitches

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

    Notes

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

    Not a Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern

    2-Row Repeat

    Curls up, does not lie flat

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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

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