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February 8, 2020

Easy Garter Stitch Patterns for Loom Knitters

You’re at the top of the curve. The learning curve. As a fellow loom knitter I’ve been there. You’ve been watching videos and practicing how to cast on, then knit, then bind off. Now you’re ready to MAKE SOMETHING! These easy garter stitch patterns for loom knitters are the exact patterns you need.

You can get some much needed practice knitting and purling but still finish your project in no time.

Both patterns use the garter stitch as a border only. And why not? That’s how we often see garter stitch used. It’s the perfect stitch to stabilize the edges of your knitting so it won’t curl.

If you need a loom knitting refresher, check out the basics here:

13 Questions from Beginner Loom Knitters

How to Loom Knit for Beginners – Basics

How to Loom Knit Easy Stitch Patterns

easy garter stitch patterns for loom knitters dishcloth and coaster set
Basic Dishcloth & Basic Coasters are perfect beginner loom knitter projects!

Basic Dishcloth

By Kristen Mangus

Easier than the one Grandma taught you how to do?  You bet! Loom knit the Basic Dishcloth with just 2 stitches: knit and purl.  This beginner pattern features a stockinette stitch center surrounded by a garter stitch border. Add one or two of these to a spa set or housewarming gift to add a lovely homemade touch.  

The pattern includes written instructions and a video link to GoodKnit Kisses’ YouTube channel to show you all the skills you need to make this project.

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:

MATERIALS

Links below are affiliate links to products I used to create this pattern/video. Clicking the links costs you nothing, but helps support GoodKnit Kisses.

Yarn: Medium weight (#4) cotton yarn 

Lion Brand Yarn Re-Up in color Grey used in sample. (2.5 oz/70g/ 115 yds/105 m). Makes 2. 

Loom: ⅜” small gauge (SG) loom with at least 36 pegs 

Knitting Board Premium Round Loom used in sample.

8 Stitch markers or 2 small rubber bands

Tapestry needle

Measuring tape

Basic Dishcloth supplies

GAUGE

19 sts x 38 rows = 4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch

SKILL LEVEL Beginner

MEASUREMENTS

Medium: Approx. 8” x 8” (20.5 x 20.5 cm)

NOTES 

Cast on: I recommend the chain cast on.

Bind off: I recommend the basic bind off.

Place rubber bands or stitch markers over the first 4 and last 4 pegs to mark stitches for garter edge. 

You may make this pattern using the Ewrap knit stitch instead of the U knit stitch.  Note that it will make the dishcloth slightly larger and the stockinette center will have more texture than if you use the U knit.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 36 stitches.

Beginning Border

Row 1: Knit all stitches. 

Row 2: Purl all stitches. 

Repeat Rows 1-2 5 more times. (12 rows total in this section). Approximately 1.25” (3.5 cm)

Edge Borders and Stockinette field

Row 3: Knit all stitches.

Row 4: Purl 4, knit until 4 stitches remain, purl 4. 

Repeat Rows 3-4 27 more times. (56 rows total in this section). Approximately 6.75” (17 cm) from cast on including beginning border.

Ending Border

Rows 5-6: Repeat Rows 1-2 6 times.  

Repeat Row 1 once more. (13 rows in this section).

Bind off and weave in ends.

PIN IT!

easy garter stitch patterns for loom knitters Basic Dishcloth pin image

Basic Coasters

By Kristen Mangus

Need a quick gift? Have some scrap yarn left over from another project?   Loom knit a set of Basic Coasters with just 2 stitches: knit and purl. This beginner pattern features a stockinette stitch center surrounded by a garter stitch border.  

The pattern includes written instructions and a video link to GoodKnit Kisses’ YouTube channel to show you all the skills you need to make this project.

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:

MATERIALS

(Materials list may contain affiliate links to products I used to make this project. Using these links cost you nothing, but helps support GKK.) 

Yarn: Super Bulky weight (#6) acrylic or wool yarn 

Bernat Beyond in colors Slate & Lilac used in sample. (4.2 oz/120 g/ 80 yds/120 m). 

Loom: ⅝” large gauge (LG) loom with at least 11 pegs 

Knitting Board Chunky Round Loom with 24 pegs used in sample 

(Alternate: Knifty Knitter 24-peg blue round loom or equivalent).

2-4 Stitch markers or 2 small rubber bands

Tapestry needle

Measuring tape

basic coaster shown with loom

GAUGE

SKILL LEVEL Beginner

2.75 sts x 5.5 rows = 1” x 1” (2.5 x 2.5cm) in Stockinette stitch pattern

MEASUREMENTS

Medium: Approx. 3.67” x 3.75” (9.3 x 9.5 cm)

NOTES 

Instructions are for 1 coaster.

Cast on: I recommend the chain cast on.

Bind off: I recommend the basic bind off.

Place rubber bands or stitch markers over the first 2 and last 2 pegs to mark stitches for garter edge. 

You may make this pattern using the Ewrap knit stitch instead of the U knit stitch.  Note that it will make the coaster slightly larger and the stockinette center will have more texture than if you use the U knit.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 11 stitches.

Beginning Border

Row 1: Knit all stitches. 

Row 2: Purl all stitches. 

Repeat Rows 1-2 1 more time. (4 rows total in this section). Approximately 1” (2.5 cm)

Edge Borders and Stockinette field

Row 3: Knit all stitches.

Row 4: Purl 2, knit until 2 stitches remain, purl 2. 

Repeat Rows 3-4 6 more times. (12 rows total in this section). Approximately 2.75” (7 cm) from cast on including beginning border.

Ending Border

Rows 5-6: Repeat Rows 1-2 2 times.  

Repeat Row 1 once more. (5 rows in this section).

Bind off and weave in ends.

PIN IT!

easy garter stitch patterns for loom knitters Basic Coaster Pin image

Loom Knit Tutorial Videos

Loom Knit Garter Stitch (Right Handers)

Loom Knit Garter Stitch (Left Handers)

I hope you enjoyed these easy garter stitch patterns for loom knitters!

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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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