The bramble stitch goes by many names: Trinity stitch, cluster stitch, or raspberry stitch. No matter what you call it, it’s a beautiful, lacy pattern that’s perfect for shawls and scarves. In this video, Corrina Ferguson explains how to go about working the bramble stitch.
Corrina begins by showing a finished swatch of the lace. She notes that this stitch pattern is interesting, because the Right Side of the piece is worked entirely in purl stitches, with the patterning happening on the Wrong Side rows. Corrina shows both sides of the swatch, noting that both sides are beautiful, making this a great stitch pattern for reversible knitting projects.
Corrina then demonstrates how to work the p3tog (purl 3 stitches together) decrease that’s used in the stitch pattern. She inserts her right needle purlwise into the next three stitches on the left needle and purls them together. This is a double decrease that takes three stitches and reduces them to a single stitch.
She then shows how to work the (k1, p1, k1) in next stitch increase. She inserts her right needle into the next stitch and knits it, leaving the stitch on the left needle. She brings her right needle into the stitch again to purl, once again leaving the stitch on the left needle. Corrina then takes the right needle into the stitch once more to knit, dropping the stitch on the left needle. This is a double increase that turns a single stitch into three stitches.
Worked over a multiple of 4 stitches:
- Row 1 (RS): Purl all stitches.
- Row 2 (WS): *P3tog, (k1, p1, k1) in next st; rep from * to end.
- Row 3: Purl all stitches.
- Row 4: *(K1, p1, k1) in next st, p3tog; rep from * to end.
Rep rows 1–4 for pattern.
p3tog: purl three stitches together
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side