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November 14, 2020

Crochet this Easy Mock Garter Stitch

Inside: Pattern instructions, tips and video tutorial for the crochet Mock Garter Stitch.

“I don’t needle knit so how can I make the garter stitch using crochet?”

I get questions like this all the time. The fact is you can’t convert a needle knit stitch to crochet. However, you can get creative and crochet something that looks like it’s needle knit counterpart.

Today we’re looking at the garter stitch. This needle knit stitch pattern creates a textured fabric that with raised ridges going across. The knit fabric is very stretchy and reversible.

When you use the crochet mock garter stitch it recreates the raised ridges, but only on the front of your piece. The back is smooth and has a pinstriped look to it. But it still has some stretch to it and is a useful stitch.

mock garter stitch samples in pink and blue

I think the mock garter stitch would be great to use for slipper soles. The ridges on the bottom will give you a little more traction, but the inside will be smooth against your bare feet.

I also included 2 variations of the pattern in the tutorial video. The first one is a traditional mock garter stitch and the ridges are close together. This one resembles the knit stitch more closely. The second method gives the row between the ridges more height for a different texture and look.

Crochet Mock Garter Stitch

MATERIALS
Yarn and an appropriate size crochet hook.
Locking stitch marker (optional – used to mark the front of your panel)

ABBREVIATIONS
Ch = Chain
BL = Back loop from top chain from previous row
FL = Front loop from top chain from previous row
Sl St = Slip Stitch. Insert hook in loop, yarnover and pull new loop through loop on hook. Make sure working yarn has loose tension.
YO, Sl St = Yarn over, slip stitch. Yarnover, insert hook in look, yarnover again and pull new loop through both loops on hook.
Rep = Repeat
St(s) = stitches

If you need a refresher, be sure to check out my How to Crochet series!

crochet mock garter stitch close up
Variation 1 (narrow ridges)

Variation 1 – INSTRUCTIONS

Chain to desired length of piece. Ch 1 for turning chain.

Foundation Row: Sl St in 2nd ch from hook through BL*. Rep across all sts. Ch 1. Place marker on front of work.

*You may Sl St through both loops on the Foundation Row, but going through the back look only gives a smoother edge with less curl.

Row 1: Sl St in FL across all sts. Ch 1.
Row 2: Sl St in BL across all sts. Ch 1,

Rep rows 1-2 until desired length.

Rep Row 1 for final row and fasten off.

Variation 2 – INSTRUCTIONS

variation 1 and 2 comparison closeup
Variation 1 (left) and Variation 2 (right) comparison

Chain to desired length of piece. Ch 1 for turning chain.

Foundation Row: YO, Sl St in 2nd ch from hook through BL. Rep across all sts. Ch 1. Place marker on front of work.

Row 1: YO, Sl St in FL across all sts. Ch 1.
Row 2: YO, Sl St in BL across all sts. Ch 1,

Rep rows 1-2 until desired length.

Rep Row 1 for final row and fasten off.


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Crochet Mock Garter Stitch Tutorial Video

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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

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