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You know how to knit, and you know how to purl. Now it's time to put those two basic stitches together to create a third—the stockinette stitch.
Step 1: Cast stitches
Cast on the appropriate number of stitches.
Step 2: Position work
Hold the needle with all your cast-on stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. Position your work so that the cast-on stitches are at the right side the needle and the yarn trails away to your right.
Step 3: Knit 1st row
Knit the entire first row.
Step 4: Swap needles
Swap the needles so that the needle with the stitches is back in your left hand and the empty needle is in your right hand.
Step 5: Purl 2nd row
Move the yarn to the front of your needles and purl the entire second row.
Step 6: Swap needles
Swap the needles so the needle with the stitches is back in your left hand and the empty needle is in your right hand.
Step 7: Knit 3rd row
Move the yarn to the back of your needles and knit the entire third row.
The stockinette stitch tends to roll up at the edges, so it's best used for projects that use a different stitch for the edge, or involve sewing finished pieces together.
Step 8: Alternate & cast off
Continue alternating between knitting and purling one row at a time until you're finished--then cast off.
Did You Know?
In 1917, the Red Cross asked Americans to knit sweaters, socks, scarves, and blankets for soldiers in World War I--and bought one million pounds of wool to help the effort.