A new stitch for me – Herringbone

I’ve discovered a lovely new stitch and I just had to share it. I’m sure many of you have seen it and even knitted it but here it is anyway:

herringbone It is lovely and tactile and makes the knitted fabric look woven, almost like a textile. It is perfect for slightly “thin” yarns, the ones that seem to lack body and knit up into floppy fabrics that don’t hold their shape well. As the stitch is made by knitting stitches together, it produces a thick fabric, so beware, if you’re using chunky yarn, size up your needles otherwise you will end up with a very firm fabric closer to body armour than knitting!

Here’s my version – a bit wobbly but it is the first time!

My herringbone

The herringbone is such a showy stitch, I just love it.

purlcity yarns

Purl City Yarns version – gorgeous

herringbone hat

Herringbone aviator hat on Craftsy

Wow

This is so special – wow

So, here is how to do it in the round:

Once you’ve cast on (even number of stitches)
Round 1: *K2tog and slip only the first stitch off the left needle, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains. Slip your stitch marker and k2tog, slipping only the first stitch off the left needle. Replace stitch marker to the right of the first stitch on the right needle.
Round 2: *K2tog through the back loop (K2tog tbl), slipping the first stitch off the left needle, repeat from * to last stitch. Remove the stitch marker and k2tog tbl, slipping the first stitch off the left needle. Place the stitch marker to the right of the first stitch on the right needle.
Repeat until you’re done. Cast off.

And here is how to do it flat:

Row 1 (RS): K1 (edge st in garter st), *K2tog through back loops slipping the first stitch off the left needle, repeat from * until 2 sts remain on row, K1, K1 (edge st in garter st).
Row 2 (WS): K1, *P2tog slipping the first stitch off the left needle, repeat from * until 2 sts remain on row, P1, K1 edge st.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you’re done. Cast off.

Let me know how you get on!

 

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About monsteryarns

I am a yarn enthusiast and knitter.
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