Garter and Slip Stitch Pattern [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

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The Garter and Slip Stitch Pattern is a great slip-stitch pattern for anyone who wants to try out slipping stitches.

The fabric looks a bit like a combination of knit and purl stitches. In fact, there are no purl stitches in this particular pattern. However, the knit and purl effect is achieved by the slipped stitches. So, this makes this stitch pattern perfect for knitters who are not too fond of purling.

In addition, the slipped stitches make the resulting fabric slightly thicker than simple garter stitch. Furthermore, it also creates a lovely and squishy texture.

The pattern is created over 12 rows but do not let this deter you. The number of rows may look daunting, but pattern is actually quite easy to knit.

Not familiar with how to slip stitches correctly? We have a great tutorial that you can find here: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise.

The tutorial will take you through slipping stitches, step-by-step.

This free knit stitch pattern is ideal for Level 3 - Easy Level Knitters

Techniques Needed For Garter and Slip Stitch Pattern

Abbreviation                       Description                               Tutorial

k                                                   knit                                              Knit Stitch Continental Style 
                                                                                                            Knit Stitch English Style

p                                                   purl                                              Purl Stitch Continental Style
                                                                                                            Purl Stitch English Style

sl                                                  slip                                               Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise

Other Abbreviations Used

ws                                               wrong side

rs                                                 right side

rep                                              repeat

st(s)                                            stitch(es)

yf                                                 yarn front

yb                                                yarn back

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Multiple of 6 + 4

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: K1, * yf, sl 2 purlwise, yb, k4; rep from * to last 3 sts, yf sl 2 purlwise, yb, k1

Row 3: K1, * keeping yarn at back sl 2 purlwise, k4; rep from * to last 3 sts, sl 2 purlwise, k1

Row 4: K1, * yf, sl 2 purlwise, yb, k4; rep from * to last 3 sts, yf sl 2 purlwise, yb, k1

Row 5: K1, * keeping yarn at back sl 2 purlwise, k4; rep from * to last 3 sts, sl 2 purlwise, k1

Row 6: K1, * yf, sl 2 purlwise, yb, k4; rep from * to last 3 sts, yf sl 2 purlwise, yb, k1

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: K4, * yf, sl 2 purlwise, yb, k4; rep from * to end

Row 9: K4, * keeping yarn at back sl 2 purlwise, k4; rep from * to end

Row 10: K4, * yf, sl 2 purlwise, yb, k4; rep from * to end

Row 11: K4, * keeping yarn at back sl 2 purlwise, k4; rep from * to end

Row 12: K4, * yf, sl 2 purlwise, yb, k4; rep from * to end

Repeat rows 1 – 12 until the desired length is reached. 

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