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How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch | Learn to Knit Beginner Stitch Series Part 5

Updated: Jul 2, 2021

Hello and welcome to Part 5 of the Learn to Knit Series. In this short-and-sweet post, you'll learn how to knit the stockinette stitch. If you understand all of the content in the Learn to Knit Beginner Stitch Series so far, then this stitch will be easy breezy.

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Take a moment to peek in your closet. Do you own any knitted garments?

If so, take a close look at the item and examine the pattern of stitches. What do you see?

Now observe the picture below and compare the stitching to your knitted article of clothing. Does it look the same? Most likely, it does.

The stockinette stitch is one of the most common stitches used in knitting. You will use it in almost every project and see it in almost every knitted piece. As you most likely saw in the example above, the stockinette stitch is already present in your wardrobe! Considering how often it is used, you may think it's complicated to learn, however, it isn't. In fact, if you can knit the purl stitch and the knit stitch, there is practically no learning required. Don't shy away if you are a brand new knitter, though! Check out the entire series here. It's completely beginner-friendly and free!


Head to Part 1 for a quick overview of what you need to knit and a concise review of why we selected the specific products pictured below. We highly recommend that you purchase these materials! Just click on the links below to buy them immediately, or head over to the first post of The Learn to Knit Beginner Stitch Series to learn more.

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How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch

To keep it short and to the point, the stockinette stitch is alternating rows of the knit and purl stitch, the first row being the knit stitch, the second row being the purl stitch, the third row being the knit stitch, etcetera.

This means knitting on the right side and purling on the wrong side. The wrong side generally looks less appealing than the right side. Most often, the right side is what you see on the outside of projects because it looks nicer.

To the left is a picture of the right side of the purl stitch and to the right is one of the wrong side.

Don't worry too much if you aren't understanding this—it will come to you later on in your knitting journey.

One last thing, your final piece should have curved edges. It is natural for this to happen when knitting the stockinette stitch. If not, it's most likely alright, just check to make sure you followed the instructions correctly.

That's it for this post! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at See you in our next post, the sand/dot stitch!

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