Soft Table-Mat Garter Stitch

What is Garter Stitch?

Garter stitch is the first pattern when you learn how to knit. This kind of pattern is knitting every stitch in every row. The knit stitch is a technique, while garter stitch is a pattern. Its pattern looks like rows of bumps (both back and front) as you see on the picture, and even the right side and wrong side also look the same. Usually, it is useful for making borders, patterns often use garter stitch at the beginning and end of rows.

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How to Knit the Garter Stitch?

As explained before, garter stitch is a simple pattern that you knit every stitch in every row. Before you start, all you need to know is how to make a slip knot and how to cast on. Once you know how to work entire rows in garter stitch, then you will be able to use this stitch into any other knitting stitches and make your own patterns. Start by making another project such as scarves, doily or floor-mat just to be more fun to learn this basic as well as to learn your own personal technique.

So, are you ready to start knitting this Soft Table-Mat using Garter Stitch? Grab your yarn and needles.

Yarn

I used Milk Cotton Yarn 8 ply, no. 3 DK/light weight (80% of cotton and 20% of fiber, milk). You may purchase this kind of yarn through Shopee or Lazada with variations of colors and different price offer. You can also use any kind of yarn you prefer. If you use natural fibers make sure it is hand washing with a good quality so that all your projects would lasts as long as possible.

Brava Sport“>Brava Sport yarn also 100% Premium Acrylic but more light and thin. It is perfect for projects such as children’s clothes, artful afghans and breathable stranded colorwork. If you prefer to make a project with multicolor, then Pattern Measurements

One square: 6 in (15 cm) square.

Finished piece: 17.5 in x 34 in (45 cm x 86 cm)

Materials

Yarn Milk Cotton 8 ply, no. 3 DK/light weight (80% of cotton and 20% of fiber, milk). Color: Yellow and white.

Clover Jumbo Darning Needle Set“>Darning Needle

Steam iron and ironing board for blocking

Gauge

13 sts and 27 rows to 4 in. (10 cm) using 6.5 mm needles (US size 10.5)

Abbreviations

  • k knit
  • rep repeat
  • st/s stitch/stitches

Pattern Instruction

Making the square. Make 18 pieces. Alternate your yarn color or you may choose many colors of yarns, it is up to your preference.

Cast on 20 sts.

ROW 1: k to end.

ROW 2 to 36: rep ROW 1.

Bind off.

Finishing

Weave in the yarn tails using a darning needle. Trim off the tails.

Looking for something different of yarn that super chunky and jumbo?

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Blocking

Before you begin, check the content of your yarn fiber. If your yarn is acrylic, blended wool-acrylic, use a cold water blocking by placing the pins to hold the edge of your project. If you have used wool, cotton, silk or linen yarn, then use steam method.

How to do blocking?

Lay your piece of knitting flat on the ironing board. Use pin to hold the edge. Measure your knitting piece out to the right size.

If you use the cold water method, spray the piece with cold water using a spray bottle (not completely wet). Leave it to dry naturally before removing the pins.

If you use steam method, set the iron to the right temperature for the yarn. Start steam your knitting piece about 1 in below for about 2 minutes (Never allow your iron touch the surface of your knitting pieces as it will ruin the texture). Leave it to dry naturally before removing the pins.

Repeat this for all the other pieces of knitting.

Joining Pieces

Arrange the squares by following the diagram below.

The yellow color pieces are running vertically, while the white color is running horizontally. Place them right side together and sew the edges using a length of yarn and a darning needle. Join every square 3 (by alternating the color of the yarn). Continue the process to build up the pieces from the bottom up to the top of the project until all your 21 squares have been used.

Weave in all of your ends.

Here you are! You have finished your Soft Table-mat using Garter Stitch 🙂

I hope you enjoy making this project.

Note: This is the most very basic knitting pattern I have learned and it is my pleasure to share it with you here 🙂

Happy Knitting and love what you do.

Wisz Limbi

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

B.B. King

Wisz Limbi

Wisz Limbi

I am a lifestyle blogger, who loves craftwork, cats, books and travel. I hope my blog would inspire readers, give them a creative idea and find happiness in living well. Let's be creative and inspired!

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