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.


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Bamboo Stitch Cowl

Hi knitters!

A couple of weeks ago, I was looking around trying to find new and interesting knit stitches for my next project and I came across one that I’d seen only a few times before: bamboo stitch. I thought to myself, “I bet this stitch would look great on a cowl!” especially since I am going through a cowl obsession as of late. So, it was decided that I was going to knit a cowl using the bamboo stitch.

I started looking through my ridiculously massive yarn stash for the perfect yarn for this project (I was determined to NOT purchase new yarn). It’s amazing how certain yarns are only suitable for certain projects/patterns. Surprisingly, I found two skeins of unused superfine alpaca and wool blend yarn made by Berroco. I did some research on this particular yarn type for the specs and found out that it had been discontinued 🙁 On the flip side, I had enough to finish the project and had some left over too.

I began knitting the Bamboo Stitch Cowl and realized the more I knitted using this stitch, the more I fell in love with it. The bamboo stitch itself is very quick to knit and it is so unique! It looks a lot more elaborate and complicated than it actually is.

Bamboo Stitch Cowl wip - Purl Avenue

I finished the cowl in two days!

Bamboo Stitch Cowl - Purl Avenue

Circumference is about 25″ (approx. 63.5cm) around and 8″ (approx. 23cm) wide.

bamboo stitch cowl - Purl Avenue

So here is the pattern…


2 skeins of Berroco Cuzco (use something comparable because this yarn is discontinued)

  • Color: Blue Smoke
  • 130 yds (119m) per skein
  • 3.5oz (100g)
  • 10 US/6mm
  • 50% Alpaca/50% Wool

US 10/6mm 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle


15 sts x 21 rows=4″ (10cm)


If you are having trouble understanding the pattern, my video tutorial may help.
CO 108 sts. Place stitch marker, join stitches and begin knitting in the round.


Rnd 1-4: *K2, P2; rep from * to end of round.

Main Body

Rnd 1: *yo, K2, pass yo st over two knit stitches; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: knit.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until desired width and finish off by knitting the edging. Then bind off and weave in all loose ends.

Note: please keep in mind that ALL measurements (including the gauge) are approximations. There are many factors that may determine your measurements (i.e., yarn weight, needle size, knitting tension, etc.) Rule of thumb: measurements will never be exact!

Bamboo Stitch Cowl 2 - Purl Avenue

This cowl is perfect for a casual day/night out!

Hope you enjoy. Happy knitting!

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