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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, simply knit the right side and then purl the wrong. It’s even simpler in the round by knitting all stitches on all rows.

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Stockinette stitch knitted flat on straight knitting needles in white color yarn.
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Is the Knitted Stockinette Stitch Reversible?

The Stockinette Stitch is a 2-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern is an easy-level project with a simple combination of knits and purls.

The Stockinette Stitch is not a reversible pattern because each side of your work, the Right and Wrong sides, look different. 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.

Right and Wrong sides of the Stockinette Stitch texture on knitting needle in blue color yarn.

Why Does Stockinette Stitch Curl?

While knitting up your piece flat on straight needles, all four sides will curl up. The bottom and top edges curl inward, while the side edges curl to the back. My photo below shows the curling from both the right and wrong sides of your swatch.

The curling happens with the Stockinette Stitch because we are alternating between the knit and purl stitches on each row. This push and pull creates tension in your fabric causing it to warp.

While this can be frustrating, there is a solution, so let’s look at those options next.

Stockinette Stitch right and wrong sides curled up.

How to Keep Stockinette Stitch from Curling

Stockinette Stitch curls up, fixing it blocked, and garter border blocked swatch samples.
  • Because all edges of the Stockinette Stitch curl up, it is helpful to block your piece.
  • Adding a border another way to help it lie flat. My favorite border stitches are Garter and Seed stitches.
  • Both adding a border and blocking your piece helps it lie flat the best!
  • The Double Stockinette Stitch is a great alternative to creating a perfectly flat piece with the same smooth texture.
Double Stockinette Stitch

How to Change Yarn Colors in Stockinette Stitch

To avoid purl dash lines when knitting with two or more yarn colors, change yarn at the beginning of your knit row on the right side of your work.

I have a great trick on how to change yarn color when knitting stripes for more knit stitch patterns for you.

How to Knit Stripes with Studio Knit - Stockinette Stitch Pattern

Knitting Techniques

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Knitting Instructions

Stockinette Flat on Straight Needles

Cast On any number of stitches onto your straight 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: Purl All Stitches.
The second row is all purling 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.

Stockinette Stitch flat on knitting needle in blue color yarn.

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Stockinette in the Round on Circular Needles

Cast On any number of stitches onto your circular knitting needle.

Row 1: Knit All Stitches.

Row 2: Knit All Stitches.
It’s so easy to knit this texture 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 stitch in the round on circular knitting needles.

Favorite Stockinette Stitch Knitting Patterns


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Knitting Pattern Book (ad-free)

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Printable Knitting Instructions

Stockinette stitch knitted flat on straight knitting needles.

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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