Stockinette Ladder knitting stitch

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Stockinette Ladder knitting stitch is really versatile, easy, yet quite intricate. The pattern uses wrapped stitches (double yarn over) to create horizontal bars between stockinette ribs. The result is a reversible open mesh fabric, perfect for sweaters and scarfs.

There are so many uses for the ladder knitting stitch. It can be included in a project as a trim; a little detail with a background of stockinette stitch to create an opening on a fabric or a really solid addition to create a lace project. The number of stitches (in this case 4) forming the stockinette rib between the “ladders” may vary. By increasing or decreasing the number of yarn over stitches you can change the length of the “bars”. Shifting every second row left or right results in vertical waved ribs (like on the ladder stitch pullover). The uses of Stockinette ladder knitting stitch are really unlimited.

You’ll love it, especially if you use a yarn that contains silk or bamboo. Ladder knitting stitches are also perfect for trying out techniques, like twisting the stitches on the purl side or working mirrored twisted stitches.

Skill level: 1/4 skill-1

For stockinette ladder knitting stitch you’ll need multiple of 8 stitches plus 4 for symmetry.
Begin with 4 purl stitches. Repeat the pattern between the arrows until desired width is reached.
Work the right and wrong side following the diagram.


Written instructions:
Row 1 (RS): * (sl1 kwise, k next st, psso), yo, yo, k2tog, p4 * Repeat to end
Row 2 (WS): * k4, p1, (p1, k1) into double yo, p1 * Repeat to end
Repeat rows 1 and 2

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  1. Mandy

    19-Aug-2015 at 1:46 pm

    Beautiful patterns, easy to follow, thank you for sharing.

  2. Mariet Faasen

    21-Jul-2015 at 2:22 pm

    Thank u so much for these stitch patterns. My book with all the stitch patterns that my grandmother gave me, was stolen and I am lost without it.

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