Similar to the Mock Crochet Stitch where both stitch patterns require the use of knitting and purling into the previous yarn over stitches, the Cell Stitch incorporates multiple decrease techniques such as ssk (slip, slip, knit) and k2tog (knit 2 together) in addition to increase stitches such as yo (yarn over) and double yarn over to produce the interesting design resembling blood cells. If you like this stitch, be sure to check out the Eyespot Lace Stitch.
Multiple of 4 sts + 6
Row 1 (RS): k1, k2tog, *(yo) x2, ssk, k2tog; rep from * to the last 3 sts, (yo) x2, ssk, k1.
Row 2: p2, (k1, p1) into the double yo, *p2, (k1, p1) into the double yo; rep from * to the last 2 sts, p2.
Row 3: k1, yo, *ssk, k2tog, (yo) x2; rep from * to the last 5 sts, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1.
Row 4: p4, *(k1, p1) into the double yo, p2, rep from * to the last 2 sts, p2.
Repeat Rows 1-4.
yo (yarn over): wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle from back to front counterclockwise before knitting the next stitch. Then work the next stitch as normal.
ssk (slip, slip, knit): slip the next 2 stitches knitwise, one at a time, insert the left-hand needle through the front of both loops and knit them together.
k2tog (knit 2 together): insert the right-hand needle into the first two stitches on the left-hand needle and wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle as if you would for a knit stitch. Pull the yarn through both stitches and slide both stitches off the left-hand needle. You have now knitted two stitches together thus resulting in a right-leaning decrease.
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