The Vertical Lines Stitch

Vertical Lines Stitch

The Vertical Lines stitch is exactly what it sounds like. This knit stitch tutorial will teach you how to modify a simple garter stitch to create vertical lines in your project.

It may be simple, but it’s anything but boring. Learn how to knit this fun stitch with my easy step-by-step tutorial below.

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Vertical Lines knit stitch tutorial

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What to Make with the Vertical Lines Stitch

The vertical lines stitch is a simple tweak on a plain garter stitch forming vertical lines. Unfortunately, it’s not reversible. It works great in garments, scarves, and ponchos. 

For example, I’ve used it in my Watercolor Poncho (find the free knitting pattern here)

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Charity Cozy Fall MAL

This blanket square knitting pattern is part of the Charity Cozy Fall MAL.

20 unique knit square designs are released throughout the month of October 2022 to form a cozy fall blanket.

You can find all the knit square patterns here

Stitch Exploration

This easy knit stitch is part of a fun stitch exploration. You can find all 10 stitches here.

Or grab the convenient PDF bundle with all stitch patterns here

10 knitting stitch patterns PDF

Before You Start


  • 4.5 mm/ US 7 knitting needles. I use circular needles for convenience but you can use straight needles. Confused about all these types of knitting needles? Here’s a complete overview that will answer all your questions. 
  • Worsted weight Zeeman Royal yarn (100% acrylic, 241m /264yd, 100g) 
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends – I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.

Because the yarn I used is not available everywhere, and I know how painful it is to try to find equivalent yarn which will give you the same effect I have selected a few equivalent yarns for you. I haven’t tried them out myself, but they look so pretty, check them out!

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The pattern is written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square. 

You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size. The pattern needs a multiple of 8 + 7 number of stitches. 


The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch, is 21 st by 29 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”). 

Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about knitting gauge.

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Abbreviations and Instructions

  • st = stitch
  • k = knit
  • p = purl

Repeat instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row. 

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >. 

The Actual Knit Stitch Pattern

  • Cast on 31 (39) stitches. 

  • Row 1: [k7, p1] 3 (4) times, k7. 

  • Row 2: knit across. close up of knitting needle creating Vertical Lines stitch

  • Tip: Place a stitch marker before the purled stitch on the right side so you know when to purl. 

  • Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you reach 15 (20) cm / 6 (8) ”. Cast off and weave in the ends. 

Blocking and Assembly 

You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends. 

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly. 

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help. 

Vertical Lines knit stitch tutorial
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