Stockinette & Garter Stitch – A World of Possibility
When you’re just starting out knitting, sometimes it can be frustrating, discouraging, or even boring. You flip through a knitting magazine or look at the patterns on Ravelry and wonder, “How will I ever be able to knit that? Everything I know how to do is so simple and dull.”
Luckily, in knitting, everything builds off the basic knit and purl stitches. If you can master these two basic stitches, you can combine them in different ways to make fabric with different qualities. All knit stitches on every row creates stretchy, bumpy garter stitch. All purl stitches also creates garter stitch (confusing, I know.) One row knit and one row purl creates the smooth look of stockinette stitch, but beware of curling on the edges. Combining knit and purl stitches in different ways creates an elastic ribbing, pictorial designs, flat and sturdy seed or moss stitch, and so much more.
These ideas got me thinking—what if we wrapped up all the basics of knit and purl stitches and stockinette and garter stitch into one video workshop so new knitters and those returning to the craft after some time have a resource they can come back to over and over again. Not only would it be helpful to have all these stitches and ideas in one place, but it should be inspiring, too. There is so much you can do with just two simple stitches.
I’m so happy that Tanis Gray is our instructor for this video. When we were working together to create the lesson plan, we thought it would be good to include basic chart reading and the patterns for the pictorial designs Tanis demonstrates. Because all 8 patterns are included with the workshop, you can knit along with Tanis and create some great dishcloths, trivets, and blanket blocks. You can also take these designs and use them as part of another pattern—it’s up to you. I’m sure you will agree that Tanis’ teaching style is easy to follow because she breaks down each concept into pieces that are easy to understand. Whether you’re beginning knitting or you’ve got a project under your belt, it’s hard to feel overwhelmed when Tanis is with you every step of the way.
Happy Knitting (and Purling!).