Garter Stitch In The Round Without Purling

Who's a cheater? I AM!! Here's how I create lovely garter stitch IN THE ROUND...

Closeup of multicolor garter stitch in the round

...without purling! Not that I don't love purling on Magic Loop, but when I'm speeding along, knitting in the round, the last thing I want to do is break my rhythm by having to switch to purling every other round. So I have a trick that I use.

Of course, I want you to be able to do this too! So here's how to cheat and use wrapping-and-turning to turn every round garter stitch project into knitting-only:

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Who's a cheater? I AM!! Here's how I create lovely garter stitch IN THE ROUND... ...without purling! Not that I don't love purling on Magic Loop, but when I'm speeding along, knitting in the round, the last thing I want to do is break my rhythm by having to switch to purling every other round. So I

This works even on Magic Loop, as I demonstrate in the video.

The secret is to do a wrap-and-turn on the first stitch of every round, then go back the other way, knitting, of course. This is also great practice for advancing your basic Magic Loop skills.

Prairie Boots by Shaggysun on Ravelry
Prairie Boots by Julie Weisenberger of CocoKnits

A great project to practice this on is CocoKnits' Prairie Boots - they go SO much faster when you use this trick.

You can use Magic Loop to do this entire project, including the short rows around the base of the foot.

You can also add a suede sole to make them look nice and finished, more durable, and a lot less slippery.

In local news, Monday was a holiday and I (along with the rest of Mendoza, apparently) went to the park to stroll around before the sun went down. This is a huge park, with a soccer stadium, a lake, art and science museums, a zoo, and a darn good-sized mountain right in the middle.

The lake was shimmering with the reflections of lit-up trees, beginning to glow in the darkening light. I spied this young kid by the water's edge, silently taking in the same beautiful view.

Kid standing by pond in the park in Mendoza

Young kid sitting by a bridge and its reflection in the lakeIt was a beautiful afternoon - warm and fresh out, with families rollerblading, or sitting and drinking mate (remember, pronounce it "MAH-tay") on the grass.

Groups of people were playing soccer everywhere, and joggers and bikers circled the lake. I didn't see much frisbee here - a friend says it's considered a beach game, not as popular in this land-locked city.

As twilight came on, people made their way out of the park through the parking lots all around. Guys on motorcycles revved their engines, and I passed car after parked car with twenty-something Argentinian guys lounging coolly around the open trunks.

They were all blaring loud Cumbia and Reggaeton music and generally looking tough, watching other people pass, noticing and being noticed. It was the Dairy Queen and the In-N-Out hangout of Argentina, and very cute, in a teenage-testosterone-overload sort of way. :)

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I was busy adding more features that you had requested.

Now there's an all-videos-included version so you can watch the videos without an Internet connection.

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18 thoughts on “Garter Stitch In The Round Without Purling”

  1. Hi Liat! Your tricks are great! So I am doing sleeves on a raglan sweater in the round, the top part was back and forth. But, now I have an obvious mark where I switched knitting methods, UGH. Can I use your technique and do stockinette? I assume I do the wrap & turn at the underarm? Any suggestions would be appreciated! :-)

    1. Hi Debbie,

      First of all, thanks for being a newsletter subscriber! I hope you are learning a lot with my email tips.
      Sorry it took me a while to get back to you — I do my best to answer all comments.

      For the sleeves on your sweater, just to make sure I understand you right, you want to do the sleeves in Stockinette using this system so that they match the way it looked when you were knitting back and forth? My short answer is yes, I think you can. I would do the W&T at the underarm.

      But looking closer at the issue…

      The thing to focus on is why there’s an obvious mark where you switched knitting methods – I’m assuming the sweater is in Stockinette stitch and you purl a little bit looser than you knit, and that’s why you can tell the difference? Because there shouldn’t be any obvious mark. The long-term solution is definitely not to knit back-and-forth when you could be doing Stockinette in the round, which is one of the easiest and most fun ways to knit.

      I’d focus on troubleshooting why your back-and-forth Stockinette stitch looks different than your St st in the round. If it’s because you purl looser than you knit, why not try using a smaller-sized needle in your right hand when you purl? That will help tighten up the stitches until you get to a point where they come out the same size no matter what.

      If your purling is a little loose, check out my videos on tensioning your yarn while purling, in my Beginner Superstar course or my Continental Knitting course if you knit Continental.

      I hope this helps!

      Happy knitting,

      Liat Gat
      KnitFreedom

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