How To Knit The Lateral Braid

Also known as the Vikkel Braid or Estonian Braid, the Lateral Braid is a special knit stitch that is not like most other knit stitches. This stitch creates a braid that runs laterally or horizontally across the work. Because of the complexity of the techniques, this stitch is rated Experienced. The written directions below may be a little confusing for those who’ve never knitted something similar so please check out the video that will show you how to knit the lateral braid.

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Lateral Braid

This stitch was knitted with the stockinette stitch as the background.


Skill: experienced
Any number of stitches

Cast on one stitch. *ktbl of second st on left-hand needle, do not slide sts off needle, knit first st. Now slide both stitches off needle.Then, slip the last worked stitch from the right needle back to the left needle. Repeat from * to last st.

When you get to the last stitch, knit it, then pass the second stitch on the right needle over.

For more info, please view the video below.