In the first of the a series of in depth looks we are going to tackle the garter stitch. Now to everyone who has knitted before, tackle might seem like the word for such a simple technique but we start somewhere! Hopefully for all you beginners this will provide you with a great base to build upon and for everyone who knows the garter stitch then I’m hoping that at worst this will serve as a nice refresher for you to polish your skills. And you never know you might learn something new!
The garter stitch is a reversible fabric and is created by knitting every stitch and every row. As it’s being worked the front of the stitch looks like a knit stitch, and the back, looks like a purl stitch. Two rows make up one of the visible ridges in the fabric – this is a handy way to count rows in garter stitch.
The garter stitch, even though it is simple, has so many plus points:
- Its easy to create
- Its lies flat
- It is a reversible stitch
- The fact that its reversible means that it has many applications, from scarves to blankets and doilies, bags and even simple clothes for babies such as jackets cardigans and all manner of tops.
There are only a few disadvantages that I can think of:
- Sometimes its can be over stretchy. (An advantageous at times).
- It can be bulky and is relatively slow to knit
- It uses more yarn to make less fabric than other, more complicated
We would love to know what you think you guys out there think we have missed or any advantages / disadvatages that you find in using the garter stitch. Also let us know what stitch you would like featured in our in depth series. Reach out to us and let us know on Instagram Facebook or Twitter and join the community!!