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How to: work garter stitch

Lesson • Little Birdie Blanket Knitalong • 04:44 • Beginner

Once you can work in knit stitch you can do garter stitch! Every row is a knit row, which creates a distinctive, textured effect, and as this fabric is reversible, be sure to know which is the right side for making up.

Little Birdie Blanket Knitalong

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What you need

What you need

Your knitalong pattern; 4mm straight needles, 3.75mm circular needles in 60cm, 80cm and 100cm lengths; DK yarn; Stitch markers; Cable needle

Course Description

The perfect accompaniment to your Little Birdie Blanket knitalong - explore this video course that shows you how to complete many of the techniques used in the knitalong. From the basics of reading a pattern and chart, to working garter stitch, knitting a bobble and making cables, Julie Peasgood and Neti Love are here for you.

Meet your instructors

  • Julie Peasgood

    Julie is an actress and presenter just starting out on her knitting journey

  • How to: work garter stitch Knitting Video

    Neti Love

    Neti is your resident knitting expert who knows the ins and out of all things yarn

Practical Guides

  • A garter stitch border is often used as an edging as the cast-on edge lies flat, unlike with stocking stitch, which can curl up.

  • While you might expect that every row being knit stitches would create a smooth fabric of V stitches on both sides, it in fact has the opposite effect, with bumps on both sides, similar to the wrong side of stocking stitch. This produces a fabric that is more dense and therefore slightly stiffer than stocking stitch, which is not only great for warmer woollies, but useful for adding structure to edges. This is also the reason, however, why the reverse side of stocking stitch is mainly used within a pattern when this lovely texture is wanted on the right side. This would have the same tension as stocking stitch, whereas garter stitch is likely to have a different drape and slightly different row spacing overall. Being a thicker fabric, it also uses more yarn, so stocking stitch is more economical with yarn. See the differences for yourself, by casting on just ten stitches, knitting six rows in garter stitch, then changing to stocking stitch for the same number of rows, and then purl stitch for every row.

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