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« 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

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« 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.

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« 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

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« 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.

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« 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 

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