You’ve probably seen stockinette stitch all over the place – on sweaters, hats, mittens and basically anything that’s knitted! That’s because stockinette stitch is the most common knitting stitch around. It’s also great for beginners! If you can knit and purl, then you can knit stockinette.
Stockinette stitch has a “right” side and a “wrong” side. The “right” side is meant to be seen. It faces out to world and is made up of knit stitches (look for the little V-shapes). The “wrong” side is the inside of the fabric. It’s made up of purl stitches.
To knit stockinette stitch on two needles:
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Repeat these two rows.
Knit Tip: Knit on the knit side and purl on the purl side!
To knit stockinette stitch in the round:
Row 1: knit all stitches
Repeat row 1
Side note: stockinette stitch on circular needles is the single most relaxing way to knit. Next time you’re stressed, cast on some stitches to a circular needle and just knit. Knit, knit, knit. Guarantee you’ll feel better!