5 slip stitch patterns

5 slip stitch patterns

5slipstitchpatterns

Yesterday I wrote about the differences between knitting in the row below and slip stitches, today I want to show you some slip stitch patterns to try out for yourself.

Note: I have labeled the stitches as stockinette and garter stitch patterns. The stockinette patterns tend to curl at the edges, have a knit stitch surface and a purl stitch back. The garter stitch patterns don’t curl at the edges and can be used without a border.

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How to do the slip stitch:
left: slip 1 stitch with yarn in back; right: slip 1 stitch with yarn in front

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Abbrevations:
k = knit; p = purl; slip1wyif = slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front; slip1wyib = slip 1 stitch with yarn in back; MC = main color yarn (here: white); CC = contrast color yarn (here: green); WS = wrong side; RS = right side

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1. Basket stitch – stockinette

This stitch creates a very dominant column of stitches and simulates the effect of squares. The pattern uses a multiple of 4 stitches and 4 rows. Edge stitches are not included.

Setup row (WS): With MC purl all stitches
Row 1: With CC *k3, slip1wyib*
Row 2: With CC *slip1wyif, p3*
Row 3: With MC *k all stitches*
Row 4: With MC *p all stitches*

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2. Basket stitch variation – stockinette

This variation of the basket stitch creates two colored columns of stitches. Because the slip stitches only cover 1 row, the columns are not as dominant as in the 1. pattern. The pattern uses a multiple of 4 stitches and 4 rows. Edge stitches are not included.

Setup row (WS): With MC purl all stitches
Row 1: With CC *k3, slip1wyib*
Row 2: With CC *p all stitches*
Row 3: With MC *k3, slip1wyib*
Row 4: With MC *p all stitches*

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3. Chevron stitch – stockinette

This chevron pattern creates a lovely two-colored, slightly textured stockinette appearance. Depending on your needs you can add as many stripes left and right as you like. For 3 stripes to the right and 2 stripes to the left (like in the picture) you’ll need 18stitches and 11 rows.

Setup row (WS): With MC purl all stitches
Row 1: With CC *k2, slip1wyib* 6 times.
Row 2 and all even rows: Work the stitches in the same color as the row before. Purl all stitches except for the slipped stitches, which you slip with yarn in front purlwise.
Row 3: With MC *slip1wyib, k2* 4 times, k1, slip1wyib, k2, slip1wyib, k1.
Row 5: With CC k1, *slip1wyib, k2* 3 times, slip1wyib, k1,*slip1wyib, k2* 2 times.
Row 7: With MC *k2, slip1wyib* 6 times.
Row 9: With CC *slip1wyib, k2* 4 times, k1, slip1wyib, k2, slip1wyib, k1.
Row 11: With MC k1, *slip1wyib, k2* 3 times, slip1wyib, k1, *slip1wyib, k2* 2 times.

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4. Checkered – garter stitch

This is the garter stitch version of the basket stitch with a slightly different setup. The pattern uses a multiple of 12 stitches and 12 rows. Edge stitches are not included.

Setup row (WS): With MC purl all stitches
Row 1: With CC *k1, slip1wyib, k1, slip1wyib, k1, slip1wyib, k6*
Row 2: With CC *k6, slip1wyif, k1, slip1wyif, k1, slip1wyif, k1*
Row 3: With MC *k all stitches*
Row 4: With MC *p all stitches*

Row 5-8: Repeat row 1-4.

Row 9: With CC *k6, slip1wyib, k1, slip1wyib, k1, slip1wyib, k1*
Row 10: With CC *k1, slip1wyif, k1, slip1wyif, k1, slip1wyif, k6*
Row 11: With MC *k all stitches*
Row 12: With MC *p all stitches*

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5. Herringbone – garter stitch

This is my favorite of the slipped stitch patterns. It produces a wonderfully textured, reversible fabric and comes in 2 variations depending on how much colors you use. The pattern uses a multiple of 4 stitches and 4 rows.

Row 1: With CC *k3, slip1wyib*
Row 2: With CC *slip1wyif, k3*
Row 3: With MC *k1, slipwyib, k2*
Row 4: With MC *k2, slipwyif, k1*

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for the upper pattern alter 3 colors every second row
for the lower pattern alter 2 colors every second row

Here are the related articles for this mini-series:

Introduction
Slip stitch vs knit in the row below
5 knit in the row below patterns

 

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  1. wonderful. thanks!

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