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Garter Stitch Knitting Patterns

by | Sep 23, 2016 | Accessories, Featured, Stitch Pattern

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Garter Stitch Knitting Patterns for sweaters, shawls, tops, slippers, and more

Garter stitch (knit every row) is the easiest stitch for knitters. Here are some stylish patterns for accessories, clothes, and decor that take garter stitch to a new level for new knitters or experienced knitters looking for a relaxing project.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Hanako Garter Pullover

Hanako Garter Pullover

Garter stitch long sleeved sweater with high low split hem. XS (S, M, L, XL). Worsted weight yarn on larger needles for more drape. Designed by Tian Foley for Classic Elite Yarns

Free Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Cardigan Avocet B

Avocet B

Nora Gaughan designed this easy elegant garter stitch cardigan with shaping. XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X)

Free knitting pattern for garter stitch tank

Garter Stitch Tank

This Bernat pattern is so easy it’s recommended for beginners. Quick knit in chunky yarn. Sizes XS through 5XL.

Free Knitting Pattern for Diagonal Afghan

Diagonal Afghan

This easy garter stitch throw is worked diagonally by adding stitches at the ends of rows. Knit it with multi-color yarn or with two different yarn strands held together in the pictured project for a striking effect. Original pattern is for a baby blanket. Pictured project by astroh74

Free Knitting Pattern for Sawtelle Cardigan

Sawtelle Cardigan

This easy sweater designed by Amanda Keep Williams  made entirely of knit stitches (garter stitch) and the only seaming is at the shoulders. Bust 32 (36-40-44-48-52)” in Pictured project by schmidtknits

Free knitting pattern for Sideways Garter Vest and more vest knitting patterns

Sideways Garter Vest

Designed by Purl Soho, this versatile vest / wrap is a rectangle of garter stitch with two well-placed slits for armholes, nothing could be simpler to make. Can be worn many different ways, with the collar up or down.

Free Knitting Pattern for Folded Tote in Garter Stitch

© Veronika Jobe

Tolt Folded Bag

Veronika Jobe created this clever pattern that creates a tote out of a folded rectangle of knitting. Handle is optional. Two versions are included for garter stitch and stockinette, but you can use any stitch you want. The pictured garter stitch version uses ribbon yarn.


Free Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern

Fern Green Hat

This slouchy hat by Lion Brand couldn’t be cuter or simpler — garter stitch that is knit flat and then seamed.

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Ten Stitch Zigzag Throw or Blanket

Frankie Brown designed this ingenious pattern is worked with garter stitch strips ten stitches wide that are joined as you knit so there is no seaming! You can also use this pattern for scarves.

Free Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Triangle Shawl

Garter Stitch Triangle Shawl

Easy pattern suitable for beginners and perfect for multi-color yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Grown-Up Garter Booties

Grown-up Garter Booties

Maria Sus designed these garter-stitch slippers that are shaped with short rows. Great for multi-color yarn or stash-busting!

Free Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Cowl

Gigi’s Garter Cowl

Cathy Payson’s design is easy enough for beginners and a quick knit in bulky yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Asymmetrical Wrap easy shawl

Asymmetrical Wrap

Kimberlees Korner’s easy shawl is knit in garter stitch. The pattern is an easy to remember 10 row repeat that increases the shawl size and creates the scalloped edges.

Free knitting pattern for basket and more household knitting patterns


Designed by DROPS these baskets knit in garter stitch and shaped with short rows make perfect gifts or house decor. Height: approx. 10 cm / 4”  Diameter: approx. 20 cm / 8”

Free Knitting Pattern for Vertigo Swirl Hat

Vertigo Hat

Kerstin Michler designed this garter stitch multi-directional beanie that showcases variegated or self-striping yarn. Pictured project by YowlYY

Free knitting pattern for Margate Hood and more hood knitting patterns

Margate Hood

Cozy hood is simple garter stitch rectangle cleverly folded and seamed.

Free knitting pattern for Calypso Shawl easy shawl great for multi-color yarn

Calypso Shawl

Beth Richardson’s simple garter stitch shawl is easy enough for beginners and a great use for multi color yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern Great Garter Hat

Great Garter Hat

Fast easy hat that’s perfect for beginners by Jodi Lewanda

Free knitting pattern for Very Simple Rug and more free knitting patterns

A Very Simple Rug

Garter stitch rug approximate dimensions 36 inches by 22 inches designed by Dooley and Spud.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Britte Jacket

Britte Jacket

Relaxed fit cardigan worked in garter stitch. 2 front pockets. 3 sizes.

Knitting Pattern Hudson Valley Tunic

Hudson Valley Tunic

Garter stitch color blocks make this long sleeved pullover sweater stylish yet easy.

Knitting Pattern for Hooded Wrap Cardigan in Garter Stitch

Hooded Wrap Cardigan

Versatile sweater pattern knit in easy garter stitch designed by Audrey Wilson.

Knitting pattern for Itineris Shawl

Itineris Shawl

This design by Hilary Smith Callis is a modern triangular wrap knit all in Garter Stitch with patterns and shaping that are easy to memorize, Because of the graphic intersection of the stripes, this will give you a different look each you wrap it.

Knitting Pattern for Dolman Cardigan in Garter Stitch

Dolman Sleeved Cardigan

Easy sweater pattern knit in garter stitch as one piece in just 500 grams of Aran weight yarn. Just two side seams. Designed by Audrey Wilson.

Knitting Pattern for Easy Slouchy Shrug

Easy Slouchy Shrug

Can be worn two ways – with opening in front or back. Knit in garter stitch with multi-color yarn in modular pieces so the pattern is multi-directional. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.

Knitting Pattern for Thelma Tee in Garter Stitch

Thelma Tee

This easy short sleeved pullover top is knit in garter stitch with drop shoulders, requiring little shaping and construction. The yarn gives it texture and color.

Simply Sweet Shawl Knitting Pattern and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

Simply Sweet Shawl

This pretty little shawl features a pop of accent color separating the garter stitch body from the border. Little bow ties form the border into a scalloped edge with no tricky knitting required!

Knitting Pattern for Chevron Garter Stitch Throw

Chevron Throw

A very easy knitting pattern suitable for the new to knitting. Knit in chevron strips of Garter Stitch that are sewn together to finish the afghan

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Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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