Knit an Interesting Striped Pattern Using Knit Below Stitches

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Knit one below stitches can be used to create a variety of decorative stitch patterns. In this video, knitting expert Corrina Ferguson demonstrates how to knit an interesting striped pattern using knit below stitches.

Two colors of yarn are needed to complete this stitch pattern, which is sometimes known as the Garland Stitch. Corrina is using a cream yarn as her main color and a green yarn as the contrasting color. To work the knit below detail, she works in the main color as follows on the Right Side of the fabric:

1. Insert right needle three rows below the second stitch on the left needle, pull up a loop to create knit below stitch.
2. Knit 1 stitch.
3. Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back.
4. Knit 1 stitch.
5. Use right needle to pull up a loop from the same space as step 1.

This knit below detail increases 3 stitches to 5 stitches. On the Wrong Side, stitches are purled together to decrease away these extra stitches.


This stitch pattern is worked over a multiple of 7 plus 2 stitches as follows:

Row 1 (RS): With MC, knit all sts.
Row 2 (WS): With MC, purl all sts.
Rows 3 and 4: With CC, knit all sts.
Rows 5 – 8: Rep Rows 1 – 4.
Row 9 : With MC, kK1, *k2, insert right needle 3 rows below the 2nd st on the left needle and pull up a loop, k1, sl1 wyib, k1, use right needle to pull up another loop from the same space, k2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 10 (MC): *P2, p2tog, p1, sl1 wyif, p1, p2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Rep Rows 1 – 10 for pattern.


CC: Contrasting Color
k: knit
p: purl
p2tog: purl two stitches together
MC: Main Color
sl: slip stitch purlwise
st(s): stitch(es)
rep: repeat
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side
wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front