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


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


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