Stockinette stitch is the most fundamental knitted fabric. This knit is popular as stocking stitch in the United Kingdom. This is the first stitch pattern that is generally learned by the beginners. This stitch looks very attractive and is simple to learn. The flat and plain texture of this knit makes a perfect foundation for other knits like color work, slip stitching and cable stitching patterns. Stockinette stitch is a very neat form of stitch and its each column looks as if many Vs have been piled together.
The texture of the stitch on the right side appears as if the rows of V have been interlocked. The reverse side of the stitch or also known as wrong side that has a pebble like appearance, to a large extent similar to the garter stitch's dense network. Purl on the reverse side of the stitch is the reason behind this kind of appearance. One of the patterns is reverse stockinette stitch that uses the textured side of the knit intentionally. The reverse stitch is done by reversing the right and the wrong side.
Casting on Stitches
Before starting the stockinette stitch, do the basics of knitting that is, cast as many stitches as required. Follow the steps given below for how to cast for knitting. Carefully follow these knitting instructions for beginners.
Make a slip knot and place it on the needle. Form a loop by twisting the yarn right over the left. Put the needle underneath the strand from the front by taking the yarn to the back of the loop. Form a loop stitch on the needle by drawing the strand up from the looped thread. Tighten the knot by pulling the thread.
Insert the other needle (right hand) from the slip knot. Move the yarn over and under the other needle (right hand).
Now bring the newly formed loop on the right hand needle to the front of the needle in left the hand.
By inserting the needle in the stitch in the direction of the needle in right hand, place the loop on the needle in the left hand. Take off the stitch from the needle in the right hand.
Insert the needle in the right hand through the two stitches on the other needle.
Like before, move the yarn beneath the needle in the right hand and make a loop and put it on the needle in the left hand. Continue these steps until you have sufficient stitches on the needle.
Knitting a Stocking
After casting the required number of stitches on the needle, start with the stockinette stitching. The first four steps of this stitch are similar to the garter stitch where every row is knit whereas, in stockinette stitch one row is knit and the other row is purled.
Pun the right hand needle into the first stitch on the left needle from front to back.
Create a loop by winding the yarn in an anti-clockwise manner under and above the needle in the right hand. Beg the yarn at the back of the work.
Bring the new loop with the help of the needle in the right hand to the front beneath the needle in the left hand.
Old loop is left off and the new loop becomes the new stitch on the needle in the right hand.
Now the purl row starts. Now put the right hand needle from the back to the front from the first stitch on the needle in the left hand.
Create a loop by winding the yarn in an anti-clockwise manner under and above the needle in the right hand. Beg the yarn at the front of the work.
Bring the needle in the right hand along with a new loop to back beneath the needle in the left hand.
Leave off the old loop from the left hand needle and again the new loop is the new stitch on the needle in the right hand. Repeat the steps until you have all the purls on the right hand needle.
It might look a bit complicated in the beginning, but once you get into the flow and follow the stocking stitch instructions strictly and carefully, you will enjoy stitching and knitting.