Knitting

Herringbone Knit Stitch

how to knit the herringbone stitch

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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.

Abbreviations (US)

k – knit
tbl – through the back loop
k2tog – knit 2 sts together
p2tog – purl 2 sts together
RS – right side
WR – wrong side

Pattern

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.

Repeat rows 1-2, when you’re done just cast off.

Did you try this out? let me know how it went leave a comment below and tag a photo of your project @madebygootie on Instagram!

Want to learn how to knit the Herringbone stitch from corner to corner?
Check out my C2C Herringbone knit pattern.

(1) Comment

  1. Hazel Kroenlein says:

    I had never heard of this stitch before.
    But I tried it and I love it.
    Thank you for sharing with the rest of us.

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