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« on: February 16, 2011 01:07:00 PM »

Just wondering what the difference is between garter & stockinette stitches...can they be used interchangably? Also, what's the difference between knitting and purling? Any help is good, helpful videos are even better  Smiley Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011 02:50:45 PM »

Garter stitch is the result of knitting every row. It looks like rows of little bumps Smiley. Stockinette stitch is the result of knitting a row, then purling the next row, then knitting, then purling, etc. It has the look of little v's.

Have you checked out http://www.knittinghelp.com/? They have loads of great videos!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011 03:36:10 PM »

Yes look at the videos on knitting help. The Tips page shows Basic stitches which include garter (ridges on both sides), stockinette (smooth on one side, bumps on the other), ribbing (alternating knit and purl sts on the same row) and seed stitch (which also alternates knit and purl sts on the same row, but in a different way than ribbing does).
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2011 08:04:01 AM »

okay I'll take a look at the site, thanks for the help. Smiley

so if a pattern said to use stockinette stitch, I could always substitute for garter? or is that a bad idea?
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011 10:03:37 AM »

You can substitute garter for stockinette, but know that they have different stitch and row gauges which can affect the size of the item you're making. Garter sts are more 'square' and sts and rows will be nearly the same; stockinette sts are rectangular and the rows will be 'longer' than with garter stitch.
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2011 11:01:37 AM »

So why does the stockinette curl like it does? 
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2011 02:25:08 PM »

So why does the stockinette curl like it does? 

Rather than try to explain that here I think I'll just send you to TechKnitter's very detailed post on the subject. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011 12:57:30 PM »

So why does the stockinette curl like it does? 

Rather than try to explain that here I think I'll just send you to TechKnitter's very detailed post on the subject. Smiley

Wow...that is insanely detailed!
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