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Garter or stockinette
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Jan 10, 2017 18:14:05   #
Hello all!

So just curious, which do you all feel goes faster...progress wise not knitting speed, garter or stockinette? Going to be starting a new throw project and not using a pattern. Also which do you feel shows a color or pattern best?
Jan 10, 2017 18:16:05   #
Nana of 6 (a regular here)
Stockinette is faster for me. I purl faster than I knit. I like it better for showing colour patterns as well too.
Jan 10, 2017 18:19:10   #
I hate garter stitch. I stretches out of shape. I prefer stockinette stitch.
Jan 10, 2017 18:19:23   #
rkr (a regular here)
Know that Garter St rows will work out to a 'shorter' item than Stockinette rows for the same # of rows.
This might be a consideration if (having enough) yardage is questionable.

Garter st won't stretch out of shape any quicker than Stockinette, it just tends to be worked on larger needles than one would think necessary, making it a softer knit.
Jan 10, 2017 18:21:57   #
I don't knit stockinette evenly so I'd have to go with garter.
Jan 10, 2017 18:22:58   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
Many variables figure in and they are all individual in preference. There are no simple answers.
Also varies if you are knitting in the round or flat.
Some people don't feel as comfortable knitting or purling... so garter stitch can be done all one or the other when knitted flat.
Knitting in the round is done all with one stitch (knit or purl) to make stockinette or reversed stockinette.
The texture of the yarn figures in a great deal. Also if the yarn is solid color or tonal or stripes or whatever changes.
Jan 10, 2017 18:40:26   #
Yarn Happy (a regular here)
You ask one hundred women one question and you may get 100 different answers! For sweaters I like stockinette, but for a throw, blanket, pillow, the garter stitch creates a heavier fabric which I think is better for that type of item.
Jan 10, 2017 18:49:28   #
chooksnpinkroses (a regular here)
Stocking stitch grows faster. If you do a sample of both with the same number of stitches and rows, you'll see the difference... However I do love garter stitch and love it for a variety of items...
Jan 10, 2017 18:50:36   #
🙄Garter over stockinette -
I have not tried this, but when some said they could purl faster, I thought why not purl every row instead of knit every row. Would that also make a garter stitch? I must try a sample, it seems to me to be a no-brainer.🤔
Jan 10, 2017 19:11:19   #
CBB (a regular here)
If you're working it in one piece, and have figured out what you want to do with the edges, choose whichever appeals to you the most. However, I've seen probably 100 questions, in the two years that I've been a member of KP, asking what to do when the edges of stockinette stitch curl under. It is the nature of the beast, and will never go away. Garter stitch, on the other hand, lies flat. Its edges need no further treatment, really. In fact, it's often used as a border treatment for other stitch patterns.
Jan 10, 2017 19:12:23   #
CBB (a regular here)
jaygee28 wrote:
🙄Garter over stockinette -
I have not tried this, but when some said they could purl faster, I thought why not purl every row instead of knit every row. Would that also make a garter stitch? I must try a sample, it seems to me to be a no-brainer.🤔

Since purl is the reverse face of knit, it must be so.
Jan 10, 2017 21:23:30   #
For what you seem to be planning, definitely stockinette. I seem to use straight garter stitch on Orenburg shawls only or on mosaic designs but any texture definitely stockinette.
Jan 10, 2017 22:57:09   #
Garter stitch is great in light colors. It shows up more. Like basket weave or cable. More garter than cable is o.k. by me. Not much to think about.
Jan 11, 2017 03:06:06   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
jaygee28 wrote:
🙄Garter over stockinette -
I have not tried this, but when some said they could purl faster, I thought why not purl every row instead of knit every row. Would that also make a garter stitch? I must try a sample, it seems to me to be a no-brainer.🤔
All purl rows is just another means of doing garter stitch. Occasionally a pattern will even require it!
Jan 11, 2017 03:17:59   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
I would vote for garter stitch.
Some of my garter stitch blankets:
OK, this one has yarn overs and decreases, but nary a purl:
Only the border isn't solid garter stitch:
Umm ... it is garter stitch, but in-the-round; i.e. knit one round, purl one round:

You could say I'm besotted with garter stitch!
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