Knitting for beginners: how to knit Stockinette Stitch (7)

If you are looking for simple knitting patterns, there is nothing easier then stockinette stitch. Every beginner knitter should master it first, as it is a building block for many simple knitting projects. I you are just diving into a new craft, you can start by knitting a simple square or two for a charity organization that collects them to assemble blankets for people in need. It is a great cause and you can master one of the easiest knitting stitch patterns for beginners.

This pattern has simple knitting stitches: KNIT stitches on the right side and PURL stitches on the wrong (sometimes called left) side. You also need to know how to cast on and bind off – refer to our tutorials on these topics for how to knit for beginners step by step instructions.

You need to keep in mind that this stitch is two-sided and both sides look different: right side is smooth and stitches look like little Vs; left side is bumpy due to purl stitches that form it (which look like little rows of dashes). Of course, you can make either side of this fabric your ‘right’ side, depending on your creativity and design. It is amazing how many simple knitting projects incorporate stockinette stitch that you can alternate on the fabric, knit in squares, chevron pattern, or modern alternating rows.

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The other feature of stockinette stitch is that it curls on the edges (top & bottom) towards the smooth side. Some designers use this to create rolled cuffs on the sweaters or distinctive design for the hats. If you are planning to use it for an easy baby blanket knitting pattern, make sure you incorporate a garter stitch or seed stitch on the edges to make it lie flat.

Learning stockinette stitch is like learning the notes before you can play a simple music piece (and a symphony later). After mastering the easiest of easy knitting stitches you’ll be ready for beginner knitting projects.

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Stockinette Stitch
Cast on 20 stitches (or as many as you need for your project)

1st row (and all odd rows):
SL (slip) one, K (knit) 19 (or until the end of the row).
2nd row: (and all even rows):
SL (slip) one, P (purl) 19 (or until the end of the row).

Bind off. Weave in the tails (refer to our how to knit for beginners step-by-step tutorials on these topics or knitting help).

You are done! It is that easy.
Happy knitting!