All knitted fabrics are made up of a combination of knit and purl stitches – now you’ve mastered these you can have some fun creating lots of different patterns.
The most common way to make the garter stitch is to knit every row. It makes a reversible fabric that stretches equally in all directions. It’s great for making things like blankets, accessories (check out my mobile phone case pattern!) and sweaters as the fabric lies flat and it doesn’t curl up at the edges.
To learn to purl you will need a row of stitches on your needle. If you would like a quick reminder of how to do this check out my “Back to basics: Casting On” post and if you are after a rhyme to help you remember the steps the purling rhyme below might help.