Garter Stitch Knitting: How to Knit with 4 Free Patterns

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Garter stitch knitting is basically knitting every stitch every row. Learn how to knit it properly and 4 free knitting patterns here.

I really like garter stitch knitting. It is a super easy technique for beginners. It produces a squishy, sturdy, and flat piece of knitted work, and I can watch TV while I knit.

What is Garter Stitch Knitting?

I hope you already know that there are 2 basic stitches in knitting: the knit (K) stitch and the purl (P) stitch. Garter stitch only uses the knit stitch. It is where every stitch on every row is a plain knit.

The fabric is reversible and does not curl. The knit-stitch ridges cause it to stretch slightly widthwise and contract vertically to give it an almost square gauge.

Written Instructions

  • Row 1: Knit
  • Row 2: Purl
  • These 2 rows form the pattern

If you are a total beginner and want a really detailed step by step instructions and illustrations, visit this site:

If you prefer a video tutorial, visit this video:

Garter Stitch Knitting Patterns

I have a couple of knitting projects made with garter stitch. The patterns listed here start from easy to more challenging.

By working through these projects in sequence, I believe you will fall in love with garter stitch knitting.

1. Garter Stitch Scarf

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A basic garter stitch scarf knitting pattern designed by Jodie Gordon Lucas for

This pattern is available at (affiliate link)

2. Garter Stitch Hobo Bag

Garter Stitch Squares Bag

This is a bag made up of several pieces of garter stitch squares. They are sewn up in a way that give the bag a hobo look. It’s really a very interesting design. You can size the bag by making bigger or smaller squares.

This pattern is available at

3. Garter Stitch Ring Bag

ring evening bag
Garter Stitch on a Bias Dumpling Bag

This bag is made up of a single piece of garter stitch square. It is knitted on a bias starting with a 1-stitch cast on. If you hate casting on a lot of stitches, this project is just right for you.

This free pattern is available at

4. Garter stitch Cardigan

garter stitch cardigan

This cardigan called Corinne is knitted as a single piece (yay! No sewing up) in garter stitch and shaped using short rows. Short rows are not too hard. Here’s a video showing you how it is done using the Japanese technique.

This free pattern is available at

5. Garter Stitch Ear Flap Hat

garter stitch hat

This is a sweet hat with sizes from baby to adult. It is seamless and shaped using short rows. This pattern is available at

Weaving in the Ends for Garter Stitch

Weaving in the ends in garter stitch is so simple. Watch this excellent video on how to do it.

I hope you will try some of these knitting projects and let me know how it went for you. And if you are game for more garter stitch knitting, here’s a webpage with more projects:

Online Course: Adventures in Garter Stitch

You may want to learn directly from an expert. Craftsy has an online course where you can do just that. It’s called Adventures in Garter Stitch by Vicky Square.

adventure in garter stitch

Hone new garter stitch skills alongside knitting author Vicki Square as you create a stylish triangle scarf, an eye-catching open lattice scarf and a personalized tote bag!

Start with tips for smooth cast-on and accurate gauge measurements. Then, knit your own chic triangle scarf with professional edges, increases and decreases, fascinating colour changes and techniques for fuss-free finishing.

Breeze through an open lattice scarf with all the chart-reading and knitting tricks you need to make this beautiful buttonhole pattern a stunning success. Plus, take your knit-stitch skills even further as you create a sturdy tote bag you can customize to complement your style!

Use the garter stitch in new ways as you graduate from the basic scarf to more exciting, impressive accessories. Visit Adventures in Garter Stitch by Vicky Square to learn more.

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