Mary Beth Temple

Counting Rows in Stockinette Stitch

Mary Beth Temple
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Duration:   3:31   mins

Stockinette stitch is a knitted fabric that’s created by working knit stitches on the right side and purl stitches on the wrong side, when working back in forth in rows. In this video, knitting expert Mary Beth Temple explains how to count rows in Stockinette stitch.


Looking at Stockinette stitch from the Right Side of the fabric, there are smooth “V” shapes, created by the knit stitch. From the cast on edge, Mary Beth counts the “Vs” in a column to determine the number of rows of Stockinette stitch that’s been worked. In the video, her swatch has 16 rows.


Stockinette stitch rows can also be counted from the Wrong Side of the fabric. On the Wrong Side, there are purl ridges which consist of two parts – a u-shape and an upside-down u-shape (or rainbow). When counting from the Wrong Side, only one part of the ridge should be counted. Mary Beth counts the upside-down u-shape part of the stitches and counts 16 rows from the Wrong Side.

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4 Responses to “Counting Rows in Stockinette Stitch”

  1. Becky Miller

    The tutorial has the script imposed upon the video and I couldn’t see what the instructor was trying to explain.

    • Customer Service

      Hello Becky,

      It looks the closed captioning just needs to be turned off. To access the subtitle feature of a video, go to the media player along the bottom of the video and hover over it. With your mouse then click on the subtitle’s icon (grey box with CC in it). 

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