5 knit in the row below patterns

5 knit in the row below patterns

5knitintherowbelowpatternsKnit in the row below patterns can create a textured and airy fabric when worked with knits and purls on the right side but also simulate stranded knitting when worked as stockinette. Like with the slip stitch patterns the knit in the row below patterns don’t curl on the edges when worked as rib or garter stitch, but behave like stockinette when all right side stitches are knitted. Knitting in the row below is a technique brioche knitting is using to make very stretchy and thick, but airy fabrics. The fifth pattern is practically a brioche pattern. If you want to learn more about this technique, I have a half-brioche tutorial here, too.

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Abbrevations:
k = knit; p = purl; k1b = knit in the stitch of the row below; MC = main color yarn (here: white); CC = contrast color yarn (here: green); WS = wrong side; RS = right side

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from bottom to top: all one color, switching 2 colors every other row, switching 3 colors every other row

1. Bee stitch – garter stitch

The bee stitch does create a quite thick, textured fabric. It uses 2 stitches and 4 rows as pattern repeat. It doesn’t curl at the edges and looks great in one color or multiple colors.

Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: *k1, k1b*
Row 3: knit all stitches
Row 4: *k1b, k1*
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2. “crochet stitch” – garter stitch

This pattern looks a little bit like crochet when worked with multiple colors. It’s flexible, reversible and doesn’t curl at the edges. It uses 2 stitches and 4 rows. The picture shows the following uses of colors (from bottom to top): one color, switching 2 colors every other row, switching 3 colors every other row, switching 3 colors every row.

Row 1: *p1, k1b*
Row 2: knit all stitches
Row 3: *k1b, p1*
Row 4: knit all stitches
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3. Bricks – stockinette

This pattern simulates stranded knitting. It’s easy to memorize and only has one pattern row, the other 3 rows are plain stockinette knitting. It uses a multiple of 4 stitches and 4 rows. If you alter the position of the knit in the row below stitch from stitch 4 to stitch 2 every other pattern repeat, you’ll get the brick effect like shown in the picture above. the green is the altered version, the blue one is the original version.

Starterrow (WS): With MC purl all stitches.
Row 1: With CC knit all stitches.
Row 2: With CC purl all stitches.
Row 3: With MC *k3, k into the 2nd row below (a MC row)*
Row 4: With MC purl all stitches.

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4. Honeycomb – stockinette

This pattern is similar to the brick pattern, but uses a larger amount of rows and stitches. It does also create a more rounded space inbetween than the plain squares of the previous pattern. It uses a multiple of 4 stitches and 16 rows.

Row 1: With CC knit all stitches.
Row 2: With CC purl all stitches.
Row 3+4: With CC repeat row 1+2.
Row 5: With MC *k3, k into the 5th row below (a MC row)*
Row 6: With MC purl all stitches.
Row 7: With CC knit all stitches.
Row 8: With CC purl all stitches.
Row 9-12: With CC repeat row 7+8.
Row 13: With MC *k1, k into the 5th row below (a MC row), k2*
Row 14: With MC purl all stitches.
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5. striped half brioche – ribbed

This variation on the half brioche stitch is very flexible and makes a reversible texture. It uses a multiple of 2 stitches and 12 rows.

Row 1: Withe MC *p1, k1b*
Row 2: Mith MC *p1, k1*
Row 3-6: With MC repeat row 1+2
Row 7: With CC *k1b, p1*
Row 8: With CC *k1, p1*
Row 9-12: Repeat row 7+8

Here are the related articles for this mini-series:

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

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  1. […] Anne habe ich letzte Woche fünf tolle “knit in the row below”-Muster […]

  2. Great tutorial and what could I say about these amazing knitting stitches? ^_^
    As I can see in these photographs, you do use Denise Interchangeable knitting needles.
    Am I wrong?

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