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KNITTING TUTORIAL | HOW TO DO THE STOCKING STITCH

WHAT IS THE STOCKING STITCH AND HOW TO DO IT

 As you become more adept at knitting your knits and purls you’ll learn that there are other names for stitches (and their combinations) that you will come across in patterns. Today we’re going to look at one of the most popular knitting stitches in all of knitting history. If you can do a knit stitch and you can do a purl stitch then you can do the almighty stocking stitch. Let’s look at what this is and how you do it.

 

LET'S GET STARTED WITH STOCKING STITCH

The stocking stitch is the name given to the pattern you get when you knit every stitch in one row followed by purling every stitch in the next row. You then continue this pattern of knitting one row then purling the next until your pattern asks you to stop!

This lovely pattern creates a nice flat piece of knitting which has a smooth side (with all the v’s of your knit stitch)...

Front knit side of stocking stitch | What is stocking stitch | The Knit Kit Company

Image shows the front side of stocking stitch with the smooth "v's"

and a bumpy side (which has all the bumps of your purl stitches)...

Back side of stocking stitch | How to do stocking stitch | The Knit Kit Company

Image shows the back side of stocking stitch with the little "u" shape bumps

 

You’ll notice that loads of jumpers and even t-shirts have the stocking stitch (or stockinette as it's known in the USA) knitting pattern on them. It’s really great for lots of projects, especially hats or jumpers.

As ever we recommend keeping a tally chart to make sure you know which row you are on but when doing stocking stitch there is a cheeky little trick to help beginners like us work out what they should be doing if they’ve forgotten which row they’re on!

If you’ve got your work facing towards you and you’re about to start knitting you should see whether the flat v’s of the knit stitches are facing you or whether the bumpy purls are – if the flat v’s of the knit stitches are facing you then you know you need to knit this row.

When to knit when doing stocking stitch | The Knit Kit Company

You can see the knit stitches, you're about to start this row therefore to carry on in stocking stitch you knit this row.

Bumpy stitches facing you then you’ve got to purl!

Purl side of stocking stitch | The Knit Kit Company

You can see the bumpy purl stitches, you're about to start this row therefore to carry on in stocking stitch you purl this row.

 

TOP TIPS

  • Use this lovely stocking stitch for things like hats or jumpers – note that it can curl up at the edges so it’s not always the best for things like scarfs but if you like it then do it and then just press or block your knitting afterwards to flatten it out!
  • Remember to try and keep your tension nice and even. Don’t pull your stitches too tightly or you’ll have problems trying to knit or purl them!
  • Remember to keep a tally chart of which row you’re on, that way you’ll know if you’re on the right side row or a wrong side row (in case it makes reference to them in the pattern)

 

SOME OF OUR KITS WHICH USE STOCKING STITCH

Our best-selling Fala Hat - we use stocking stitch here to make the body of the hat.

The Sirena Snood - stocking stitch all the way with this reversible beauty.

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