Lizard Skin Stitch

Lizard Skin Stitch

Knitted in a multiple of five stitches plus two and done in a twelve-row repeat, the Lizard Skin stitch is rated intermediate for its use of increase and decrease techniques. The design of the stitch pattern resembles the scaly skin of reptiles, hence its name. If you’re looking to add unique flair to your knitted project, try the Lizard Skin stitch.

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 5 sts + 2

Row 1 (RS): k1, *k1, p3, k1; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 2: k1, *p1, k3, p1; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 3: k1, *k1, p1, p2tog, k1, yo; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 4: k1, *k4, p1; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 5: p1, *yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, p1, rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 6: k1, *k2, p2, k1; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 7: p1, *p1, k2, p2; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 8: k1, *k2, p2, k1; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 9: p1, *p2tog, k1, yo, k1, p1; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 10: k1, *(k1, p1) x2, k1; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 11: p1, *k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 12: k1, *p1, k3, p1; rep from * to the last st, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-12.

Knitting Abbreviations

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.

p2tog (purl 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 purl stitch. Pull the yarn through both stitches and slide both stitches off the left-hand needle. You have now purled two stitches together thus resulting in a right-leaning decrease (if you’re viewing it from the right side).

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