How-To Videos for the Garter and Stockinette Stitches

By Pam Allen, Shannon Okey

The garter stitch and the stockinette stitch are the two types you’ll use over and over again in knitting projects.

Garter stitch is the most basic stitch, and most knitters learn it first. If you’re knitting flat (alternating between working a row on the right side of the project with working a row on the wrong side), all you have to do is the basic knit stitch! Projects knitted with garter stitch look the same on both sides, have a bumpy texture, and tend to be thick and dense. Click here to watch a video of how to knit the garter stitch.


Stockinette stitch is the knitting stitch that most people picture when they summon up an image of knitting in their head. To do it, you alternate knitting a row with purling a row. The result is an even, smooth fabric. Knitting stockinette stitch in different gauges creates different effects. Click here to watch a video of how to knit the stockinette stitch.