Learn to Knit the Herringbone Stitch


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I'm gonna be honest. I held off on learning to knit for along time, content with my crochet. But then I saw this stitch one day and I had to learn how to knit, if only for this one stitch alone.


Now the herringbone stitch falls into the skill level intermediate, but don't be put off if you aren't a pro at knitting yet. All you need to know for this stitch is how to knit, and how to purl. I'll teach you the rest! If you're looking for a pattern using this stitch, The Herringbone Throw Pillow Pattern uses this stitch and includes all the below instructions in a printable PDF.


The Herringbone Knit Throw Pillow

- Bernat's Home Dec in cream, 2 skeins

- US 9 (5.5 mm) Knitting Needles

- Tapestry Needle

- 12 x 18 in. Pillow Insert

- Scissors





Cast on an even number of stitches.


Row 1 (right side):


Step 1: Begin the herringbone stitch by knitting 1 stitch.



Step 2: Slip the next stitch.


Step 3: Knit another stitch



Step 4: Insert the left needle into the slipped stitch (2nd stitch on right needle).



Step 5: Lift is over the last knitted stitch. Do not let it drop off of the left needle.


Step 6: Insert the right needle back into the slipped stitch, as if going to knit it (which you are)


Step 7: Knit as if a regular stitch. Repeat steps 2-7 until the end of row. At the end of the row you should have 1 remaining stitch on the left needle. Knit that stitch.


ROW 2 (wrong side):


Step 1: Purl 2 stitches together, but do not slip them off the left needle.




Step 2: Purl back into the first stitch on the left needle


Step 3: Slip both stitches off of the left needle.


Repeat Steps 1-3 until you reach the end of the row. Alternate row 1 and 2 to create the herringbone stitch.




The Herringbone Throw Pillow Knitting Pattern

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