Drop Stitch Garter Knit Stitch: by Janice |Published 12-10-2023
The Drop Stitch Garter Knitting Pattern is a unique stitch pattern that intentionally drops stitches to achieve a beautiful and breathable fabric.
While dropping a stitch is typically considered a mistake, in this case, it is done purposefully to create an eye-catching knit stitch pattern, which makes it a beginner-friendly design, especially for those who haven’t quite mastered lace or eyelet designs.
The Drop Stitch Garter Pattern is perfect for summer knitting projects and is one of the easiest reversible knit stitch patterns to master. All that is required is your knowledge of how to make the knit stitch and a yarn over, which I'll describe below
K - knit
YO - yarn over
YO 2x - wrap the yarn over and around the needle twice.
CO - Cast on
BO - Bind off
* * - Work the directions between the two astericks for the specified number of times.
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Yes, it is reversible, however it looks slightly different on each side. Both sides shows the characteristic twisting of stitches but the right shows a tighter twist than the wrong side.
For this tutorial, you will need some yarn and a pair of knitting needles appropriate for the weight of yarn you are using. For example, if you choose a worsted weight (#4) yarn, choose a US #7 or 8 *5.00 mm).
Cast On: Any number of sts.
Repeat rows 1 to 6 for the pattern.
Row 5 may need a little explanation. YO means yarn over. In this case, you will do a yarn over twice. Work the pattern between the * and * until the last stitch, and then end with a K1.
Row 6 is where it gets interesting. Start with Knit 1. Then, drop the two stitches you created in the previous row with the yarn overs. Continue this pattern until the end of the row and the Knit the last stitch.
Dropping the yarn over stitches creates the long open spaces you see through the swatch.
A good example of how you can use this is a scarf. I found this free pattern and tutorial that you might find helpful.
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In conclusion, the drop stitch garter knit pattern is a unique technique that adds texture and a touch of luxury to any knitted piece.
Its versatility makes it a favorite choice for many knitting projects, from scarves to sweaters.
Although it may seem complicated to beginners, it is not; it may take some practice to master the double yarnovers and drop stitches. It is perfect for anyone who wants an open design but is not quite ready to tackle eyelet or lace designs.