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.

Do you like the Lateral Braid? Check out these FREE patterns: Buster’s Knitted Bow Tie and the Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf.

Lateral Braid

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

Pattern

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.

Rosette Stitch

 

The Rosette stitch is a textured stitch that is done with twisted stitches but is very easy to execute. It is a simple four-row repeat and can be worked on any even number of stitches. If you are looking for a quick knit that produces a gorgeous textured result then the Rosette stitch is it!

If you like the Rosette stitch then I recommend checking out the beautiful Super Soft Merino Snowflake Scarf by Purl Bee.

Rosette Stitch

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 2 sts

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: *P2tog, leaving stitches on left needle, bring yarn to back of work and k2tog through same stitches, drop stitches from left needle, repeat from * to end.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: P1, *p2tog, leaving stitches on left needle, bring yarn to back of work and k2tog through same stitches, drop stitches from left needle, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1.

 

 

Trinity Stitch

Also known as the Raspberry stitch, the Trinity stitch is a beautiful stitch that has a very textured look. The stitch increases and decreases create little bobbles which resemble raspberries. The Trinity stitch is the cousin of the Berry stitch. As compared to the Berry stitch, the trinity stitch is more textured and has many gaps in the design which gives it a more lacy look. Because of the many increases and decreases, this stitch is rated intermediate.

The Trinity stitch is perfect for knitting accessories such as headbands, bracelets, scarves, etc. Because of it’s time-consuming nature, this stitch is a little too much for larger projects such as a sweater or an afghan but would work better for smaller projects or as accent designs in larger ones.

Like the Trinity stitch? Check out the Budding Infinity Scarf free pattern!

trinity stitch

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 4 sts + 2

Row 1: purl.
Row 2: K1, *(K1, P1, K1) into next st, P3tog; rep from * to the last st, then (K1, P1,K1) into the last st.
Row 3: purl.
Row 4: K1, *P3tog, (K1, P1, K1) into next st; rep from * to the last 3 sts, then P3tog.

Repeat ROWS 1-4.

Check out this video for more help with (K1, P1, K1) increase. Note: this video is for (P1, K1, P1) increase but will help you in this case.

From the Knitter’s Gallery:

Budding Infinity Scarf momfourgirls

Budding Infinity Scarf knitted by @momfourgirls via Ravelry.

 

 

Spine Stitch

 

Spine stitch is a simple cable stitch that produces a look which resembles the spine, hence its name. The first row of the spine stitch involves combinations of C2Fs and C2Bs and the second row is purling the whole row. The final result of the stitch is an intricate design that looks more complicated and involved than it actually is.

If you like the spine stitch, you might enjoy the Spine Rib Cowl free pattern.

Spine Stitch

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 4 sts

Here is a video tutorial on how to knit C2B and C2F without a cable needle. This technique is a lot faster than when using a cable needle.

Row 1 (RS): *C2B, C2F; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: purl.

Repeat Rows 1-2.

 

Bamboo Stitch

Bamboo stitch is a unique and easy-to-knit stitch that will give your project a wonderful textured look. This stitch is stretchy and is a very quick knit. The Bamboo stitch involves yarn over and slipping the yarn over over two knit stitches. It sounds more complicated than it actually is. Watch this video for assistance.

Check out this free Bamboo Stitch Cowl pattern.

bamboo stitch

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 2 sts

Row 1: K1, *yo, k2, pass yo st over two knit stitches; rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 2: purl.

Repeat Row 1-2.

 

From the Knitter’s Gallery:

Bamboo Stitch Cowl mirjam 2910

Bamboo Stitch Cowl by @mirjam2910 via Instagram

 

 

Celtic Plait Stitch

Celtic Plait stitch is a knitting stitch pattern that requires both twists and cables. This pattern is more advanced than most other stitches at Purl Avenue but once finished, it is absolutely gorgeous. The Celtic Plait stitch resembles designs most commonly used in the Celtic design work, hence the name.  This stitch pattern was used in my Celtic Plait Coffee Cup Sleeve.

Celtic Plait Stitch

Pattern

Skill: experienced
Multiple of 24 sts

ROW 1 (RS): P2, C4B, (P4, C4B) twice, P2.
ROW 2: K2, P4, (K4, P4) twice, K2.
ROW 3: P1, T3B, (T4F, T4B) twice, T3F, P1.
ROW 4: K1, P2, K3, P4, K4, P4, K3, P2, K1.
ROW 5: T3B, P3, C4F, P4, C4F, P3, T3F.
ROW 6: P2, K4, (P4, K4) twice, P2.
ROW 7: K2, P3, T3B, T4F, T4B, T3F, P3, K2.
ROW 8: (P2, K3) twice, P4, (K3, P2) twice.
ROW 9: (K2, P3) twice, C4B, (P3, K2) twice.
ROW 10: repeat ROW 8.
ROW 11: K2, P3, T3F, T4B, T4F, T3B, P3, K2.
ROW 12: repeat ROW 6.
ROW 13: T3F, P3, C4F, P4, C4F, P3, T3B.
ROW 14: repeat ROW 4.
ROW 15: P1, T3F, (T4B, T4F) twice, T3B, P1.
ROW 16: repeat ROW 2.

Repeat ROWS 1-16.

Note: more information on twists and cables techniques can be viewed here.

From the Knitter’s Gallery:

Celtic Plait Coffee Cup Sleeve by KathleenBlass

Celtic Plait Coffee Cup Sleeve by @KathleenBlass via Ravelry