Cell Stitch

Cell Stitch

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.

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
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.

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.

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Mock Crochet Stitch

Mock Crochet Stitch

If you like the way crochet stitches look and would like to replicate it via knitting, then you must consider the Mock Crochet stitch in your next knitting project. The design of this stitch pattern resembles the traditional eyelet crochet stitch pattern. With an easy four-row repeat, the Mock Crochet stitch is rated intermediate because it requires the use of the s2kp2 (slip 2, knit, pass 2) technique as well as knitting and purling into the previous yarn over stitches. But if you’re familiar with these techniques, you’ll find that this stitch pattern is a very quick knit.

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 3 sts + 5

Row 1 (RS): knit.
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: k1, yo, *s2kp2, (yo) x2; rep from * to the last 4 sts, s2kp2, yo, k1.
Row 4: p3, *(k1, p1) into the double yo, p1; rep from * to the last 2 sts, p2.

Repeat Rows 1-4.

Knitting Abbreviations

S2kp2 (slip 2, knit, pass 2) or CDD (central double decrease): on the right side (RS) slip 2 stitches at once knitwise, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the previously knit stitch.

On the wrong side (WS) or purl side, insert the needle into the second stitch and then the first stitch (in that order). Slip both stitches at once onto the right-hand needle. Purl the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the purled stitch.

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.

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