Speckled Lace Stitch

Speckled Lace Knit Stitch

The Speckled Lace Stitch is a fast and easy knit with only two rows which require lace techniques while the other rows are done in purl and knit stitches. The only knitting technique you might need to take note of is the sssk (slip, slip, slip, knit) which is a left-leaning decrease. Similar to the more common ssk (slip, slip, knit), the sssk requires slipping an extra stitch while all other steps are done the same way. Because of this, the Speckled Lace Stitch pattern is rated intermediate. Like most lace patterns, the Speckled Lace Stitch requires blocking for optimal results. 

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 4 sts + 5

Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, sssk, *yo, k1, yo, sssk; rep from * to the last st, yo, k1.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl.
Row 3: knit.
Row 5: k2tog, yo, k1, *yo, sssk, yo, k1; rep from * to the last 2 sts, yo, ssk.
Row 7: knit.
Row 8: purl.

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.

sssk (slip, slip, slip, knit): slip the next 3 stitches knitwise, one at a time, insert the left-hand needle through the front of all 3 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.

Vertical Diamonds Stitch

vertical diamonds knit stitch

The Vertical Diamonds Stitch pattern is knitted through a series of increase and decrease techniques to achieve the look of diamond shapes positioned vertically throughout the work. Done in a multiple of 12 stitches plus 13, this wide-paneled piece is well suited for larger projects such as blankets and stoles or wraps.

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 12 sts + 13

Row 1 (RS): k1, *yo, k1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; rep from * to the end.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl.
Row 3: k1, *k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to the end.
Row 5: k1, *k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3; rep from * to the end.
Row 7: k1, *k3, yo, k1, s2kp2, k1, yo, k4; rep from * to the end.
Row 9: k1, *k2, k2tog, (k1, yo) x2, k1, ssk, k3; rep from * to the end.
Row 11: k1, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, k2; rep from * to the end.
Row 13: k1, *k2tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, ssk, k1; rep from * to the end.
Row 15: k2tog, *k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, s2kp2; rep from * to last 12 sts, k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, ssk.
Row 16: purl.

Repeat rows 1-16.

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.

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.

Horse Shoe Stitch

Knitted in a multiple of 14 stitches plus 8, this large-paneled lace pattern resembles horse shoes that are being stacked one above the other.

The difficulty level on the Horse Shoe stitch pattern is rated intermediate as it requires increase and decrease techniques such as yo (yarn over), ssk (slip, slip, knit) and k2tog (knit two together).

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 14 sts + 8

Row 1 (RS): *p1, k1, p4, k1, p1, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1.

Row 2: k1, p1, k4, p1, k1, *p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k1; rep from * to the end.

Row 3: * p1, k1, p4, k1, p2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, p1; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1.

Row 4: k1, p1, k4, p1, *k8, p1, k4, p1; rep from * to the last st, k1.

Row 5: *p1, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, p1, k1, p4, k1; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p1, yo, ssk, p4, k2tog, yo, p1.

Row 6: k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, *p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1; rep from * to the end.

Row 7: * p2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, p2, k1, p4, k1; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, p2.

Row 8: k8, *p1, k4, p1, k8; rep from * to the end.

Repeat Rows 1-8.

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 knit-wise, 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.

Half Fisherman’s Rib Stitch

The Half Fisherman’s Rib stitch is a stitch that is similar to the true Fisherman’s Rib stitch. The Half Fisherman’s Rib stitch has more texture and has more volume than its older relative, the Fisherman’s Rib though not as stretchy. This stitch is not reversible. If you are looking for a stitch that provides the warmth of the Fisherman’s Rib stitch but with a little more texture, then the Half Fisherman’s Rib stitch is what you are looking for.

If you like the Fisherman’s Rib stitch then check out the Fisherman’s Rib Accent Pillow free pattern!

Half Fisherman's Rib StitchPattern

Skill: easy
Multiple of any uneven number of stitches.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: *P1, K1B, rep from * to last st, P1.
Repeat Row 1-2.

 

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Diagonal Basketweave Stitch

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The diagonal basketweave stitch is a very dense and thick stitch that is similar to the basketweave stitch. Because of its thickness, this pattern is great for dish rags, pot holders or placemats. When using the diagonal basketweave stitch for knitted garments such as sweaters or scarves, it is recommended that you go up three to four needle sizes depending on your yarn.

diagonal basketweave stitch

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 2 sts + 1

Row 1 (RS): sl1k, wyif, sl1p, wyib, *knit the second stitch tbl, then knit the first stitch tbl. Rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 2: sl2p, wyif, *purl second stitch, then purl first stitch. Rep from * to the last st, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

diagonal basketweave

 

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.