A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
October 5th News Announcement:  New Featured Projects posted!  Congratulate these artists for being selected!
Total Members: 308,416
Currently Running With Scissors:
416 Guests and 14 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: wtf garter stitch?!  (Read 1260 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
« on: April 13, 2010 07:22:23 AM »

So I'm trying to knit a scarf for my friend, and the pattern says to use garter stitch. I've never used that method before (I'm used to stockinette) so I youtube'd it, and to me garter stitch just seems the same thing as stockinette....I honestly cannot distinguish the two .....any links or help is appreciated. Smiley

Also, on a side note, I bought some bigger needles, size 15 I think, and they just make MASSIVE gaps in the knitting....are they supposed to do that? The stitching is correct....it just makes a very thin scarf  Undecided

"You're like Sidney Vicious!"
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 4176
Joined: 28-Aug-2005

Catching the Undead Since 2011!

View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010 09:01:53 AM »

Garter stitch is repeating ONLY the knit stitch every row (when knitting flat).  Stockinette stitch is when you alternate knit rows and purl rows (when knitting flat).

Here is a picture of what garter stitch looks like and here is a photo of stockinette.

What weight yarn are you using with your needles? Do you have a photo of the gaps you're talking about? It may make it easier to see what's happening. Smiley
« Last Edit: April 13, 2010 02:42:46 PM by lapoli » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2010 02:41:15 PM »

When you knit flat and knit every row, you get garter stitch. When you knit in the round and knit every round, you get stockinette. Stitches are called by their result, not what you do to get that result.

« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2010 06:21:07 PM »

Sounds like you're using a smaller yarn on larger needles. Sometimes that's on purpose to get that specific, loose look. Usually it's done with ribbon or "fur" style yarns.

Anyway, a bulkier yarn, or even using a couple of yarns, will eliminate the holes.

Or smaller needles. Using the larger needles it'll knit up faster.

Anyway, it looks like the other posters clarified the difference between the stitches so I'll point out that stockinette curls into a tube on itself. Which is fine if that's the effect you're going for but it's important to know if you don't want that look.

I also have a suggestion for knitting help... www.knittinghelp.com
Explanations, videos...has been very helpful for me.

Craft till it hurts.
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2010 05:27:15 PM »

....this being said I have probably been doing garter stitch the whole time whilst thinking I have been doing Stockinette *FAIL*  Cry

"You're like Sidney Vicious!"
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2010 09:00:23 PM »

If you've been knitting every row back and forth, that's garter. Don't worry, you'd be surprised how many post that they're getting 'purl' sts when they're knitting every stitch on every row and what's wrong.

Offline Offline

Posts: 687
Joined: 03-Apr-2006

Croquet at Molbaks

View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010 02:25:56 PM »

Definitely not a fail... knitting has so many terms to learn that it takes ages to get them all down!  Now you know you're on the right track for your project Smiley 

I'm down w/ a personal swap now and then!  PM me!

Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Mermaid Tail Blanket
October 19, 2016 Featured Projects
Tute Tuesday: Vanilla Extract

Comparison Shopping

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.