Garter Stitch Potholder, an easy gift idea

The garter stitch potholder is quick and easy to make. 

Although garter stitch is the most basic in knitting stitches, it is without a doubt one of the most used stitches in knitting. 

Why would you want to use such a basic pattern?

  • For one - it is so quick to make. Start and finish the potholder within an hour or less. Fact is if you can make something and finish it the same day, you get a feeling of accomplishment. And that alone will prompt you to make more;
  • You can add a modern touch to it, with your choice of yarn and embellishments;
  • Because the potholders are so quick, easy and inexpensive to make, you can easily make a few as gift;
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KNIT the garter stitch potholder


K       - knit

rep    - repeat

sts     - stitches

more about knitting garter stitch potholders

Garter stitch is the use of the basic knit stitch for all the stitches and all the rows.

The stitch is reversible, in other words you can use either side of the potholder as the 'front'.

When you knit the basic knit stitch, you do so through the front loop of each stitch. 

I knit a few test swatches to try to achieve even edges.

Top Tip:

Knit the very first stitch of each row in the back loop.

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what you'll need:
  • T- shirt yarn 
  • Needles according to the thickness of your yarn (I used 5.5mm knitting needles (US - 9 and UK - 5mm)
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Needle
additional embellishments:

Ribbon and Button


Pieces of Leather and rivet


Wooden ring crocheted to one corner

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new at knitting?

Learn to knit with the following posts:

the pattern - garter stitch potholder

Cast on 25 stitches.

Knit 40 rows (or until your potholder is almost square);

Cast off all the stitches and weave in the ends.

Fold a 9" ribbon and stitch it to one of the top corners.  Add a button or crocheted flower to pretty it up!

My finished potholder is: 

6.5" (w) and 7.5" (h) 

happy knitting!


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