How to Become a Knitter Part 2: Garter Stitch

Stripe DK; How to knit garter stitch

How to Knit Garter Stitch


Welcome to the our second blog entry on how to become a knitter. This is a tutorial blog series for those who have decided to take up a new hobby this year. This week we will be looking at how to knit garter stitch. If you would like to recap on our last entry the link is here: How to Become a Knitter for Beginners.


History of the Stitch


First things first, why is it called garter stitch? Well fortunately for this writer Google has the answer!


Supposedly, in the past garters were knit in the garter stitch due to its elastic springy nature. We make the garter stitch by doing the knit stitch on every stitch on every row. All you need to know is how to cast on and how to work a knit stitch.


Garter Stitch Tutorial


If you would like a reminder on how to cast on have a look at our video below:



Garter stitch is excellent to use for a border of a blanket as it doesn’t curl like stocking stitch. It’s also great for making a knitted fabric that’s thick and slightly stretchy. This is one knitting basic that everyone needs to know.


We have put together another super video! This time we teach you how to make garter stitch:

Just because it’s a simple stitch doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of some special projects. We have some beautiful patterns made from garter stitch.


Stripe DK scarf in pattern 5598 is knit in the round in garter stitch. Bramble DK also has wonderful garter stitch knitting patterns such as pattern 5648.


It’s a must have stitch in a knitter’s arsenal and one that will help upgrade your project.


If you have any suggestions or requests for knitting tutorials please leave them in the comments below.