The herringbone stitch is a beautiful and elegant stitch that creates a woven looking fabric. It is not used as much, which is a shame as it is so much easier than it looks!
In my opinion, you can get the most out of this stitch when using a multi-color yarn, the effect obtained by the alternating colors is stunning. I used the Alize Extra Folklorik Batik yarn (sport yarn) because I really love its color combination.
Tip: You should use a bigger needle size than is suggested for your yarn, this will make your work fluffy and nice and will emphasize the “bones” pattern.
k – knit
tbl – through the back loop
k2tog – knit 2 sts together
p2tog – purl 2 sts together
RS – right side
WR – wrong side
Cast on any number of stitches.
1) Working on RS: * k2tog through the back loop and slip only the first stitch off the left needle (leave the second stitch on the needle); Repeat from * until only 1 stitch remains on the left needle, slip last stitch knitwise through back loop.
2) Working on WR: * p2tog and slip only the first stitch off the left needle (leave the second stitch on the needle); Repeat from * until only 1 stitch remains on the left needle, slip stitch purl-wise.
Want to learn how to knit the Herringbone stitch from corner to corner?
Check out my C2C Herringbone knit pattern.