Stockinette Stitch

Example of Stockinette Stitch

About This Stitch Pattern

The Stockinette stitch is the most common knitting stitch pattern. Consisting of only knits and purls, it is ideal for beginner knitters and is often one of the first stitches learned. It creates a fabric that is smooth on the right side, with columns of interlocking “V” stitches. The wrong side of the fabric has a bumpy, pebbled texture in offset rows. The wrong side is also referred to as “reverse stockinette” when used as the right side.

These all over textures make this stitch pattern ideal for large pieces of fabric. This make the stockinette stitch a popular choice for sweaters, scarves, and blankets.

Abbreviation: St st

Also known as: Stocking stitch

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Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Any number of stitches

Row 1 (RS):
Knit all stitches
Row 2:
Purl all stitches

Repeat rows 1 and 2

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