Stitching Up Stockinette: How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch


Stockinette stitch creates a fantastic fabric. It's smooth, polished, and let's be honest, it's an easy knitting pattern to work on while watching TV . Stockinette stitch (abbreviated St st) is a stitch that works well for almost any yarn . It is great for variegated yarns as the simple fabric really allows the colors in the yarn to shine. Let's take a look at how to knit the stockinette stitch, so you can add it to your  knitting toolbox.

Stockinette stitch tutorial

Step 1:

Cast on stitches using your preferred cast-on method. (I'm a fan of the long-tail cast on ).

Step 2:

Purl all stitches.

Step 3:

Knit all stitches.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for as long as desired.

This is the right side of the fabric.

Now, for this swatch, I used straight pins to hold the ends down because as you can see in the next photo, the nature of stockinette stitch fabric is to curl. Even after a good wet blocking, you will find that the sides of the fabric will curl.

Tips for knitting the stockinette stitch:

  • Add a border. If you'll be knitting mostly stockinette, adding a few stitches/rows of garter stitch at the edges will help things to lay flat.
  • When knitting in the round: After casting on your stitches, join to knit in the round using your preferred method. Knit all stitches every row to create the stockinette fabric. So easy!

Here are a few patterns that are perfect for practicing the stockinette stitch:

Bamboo Spring Garden Tee - Knitting Pattern on

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Bamboo Spring Garden Tee

This beautiful pullover features elbow-length sleeves and a wide, boat-neck collar. Knit entirely in stockinette stitch, the bamboo yarn is really allowed to be the star of this piece. The drop shoulders are an easy start for someone new to knitting set-in sleeves . It comes in a great range of sizes, available in adult sizes 38 -54" bust. And best of all, this pattern is FREE!

Get the FREE Bamboo Spring Garden Tee pattern.

Knit Child's Pullover Sweater - Pattern

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Wee Gol Tee

This classic pullover sweater is another piece knit almost entirely in stockinette stitch. It is knit from the top down , featuring a round yoke and button placket -- perfect to get onto squirmy little ones. It comes in a fantastic range of sizes starting at 3 months to size 16! You can make one for every kiddo in your family. The classic shape on this sweater is certain to never go out of style and will become a family heirloom.

Get the Wee Gol Tee pattern.

Knit Cardigan - Pattern on

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Briscoe Cardigan

This sweater is simple yet gorgeous. Knit primarily in stockinette stitch, it features a swingy open front with a simply elegant lace pattern along the fronts and wrapping around the collar. Stunning in its simplicity, this raglan cardigan is an easy piece to wear and would be flattering on many body types. It comes in a wide range of sizes from 31 -54" bust circumference. Knit in a sport weight yarn , this would make for a great piece to transition you from winter into spring.

Get the Briscoe Cardigan pattern.


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