How to Knit a Trellis Stitch

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The trellis stitch is a pattern that creates the look of a diamond trellis in your project. This is a great pattern to use for simple sweaters, blankets of any piece that you will need to add interest to simply. Although the long pattern seems complicated at first, it is very straightforward.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting Needles

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cast on a multiple of 6 stitches plus 5 extra stitches. This means that any number of stitches can be used for a project but they must be a multiple of 6 plus 5.

  2. 2

    Knit the first stitch and purl 3 stitches at the beginning of row 1. Then begin the repeating pattern of moving your yarn to the front of your work, slipping 3 stitches by inserting the needle like you would to purl them, and purling 3 stitches. Repeat this pattern until the one stitch remains and knit the last stitch. If you're familiar with knitting abbreviation row 1 is: k1, p3, wyif, sl 3 purlwise, p3; rep the area between the ** until one stitch remains, k1. This row will be on the right side of your work.

  3. 3

    Purl the first stitch and knit the next 3 stitches in row 2. Then begin the repeating pattern of moving your yarn to the back of your work, slipping three stitches as you would to purl them again, and knitting 3 stitches. Repeat this pattern until there is 1 stitch left and purl this last stitch. Row 2 is: p1, k3, wyib, sl 3 purlwise, k3; rep the area between the ** until one stitch remains, p1.

  4. 4

    Knit the first stitch of row 3 and purl the next 3 stitches. Then begin the repeating pattern of knitting 3 stitches and purling 3 stitches until there is only 1 stitch left on the left hand needle. Knit this last stitch. Row 3 is: k1, p3, k3, p3; rep the area between the ** until one stitch remains st, k1.

  5. 5

    Purl the first stitch in row 4 and knit the next 3 stitches. Then begin the repeating pattern of purling 3 stitches and knitting 3 stitches. Continue this pattern until there is only one stitch remaining and purl the last stitch. Row four is: p1, k3, p3, k3; rep the area between the ** until there is one stitch left, p1.

  6. 6

    Knit 5 stitches at the beginning of row 5. Under the next stitches are the ones that you slipped in the last rows and the yarn that you wrapped in the front of the work will be just under those stitches. With the needle in your right hand, pick up those 2 loops of yarn. Leave those loops on the right hand needle and knit the next stitch. Lift the 2 strands over the point of the right hand needle like you would to pass a slipped stitch over another stitch. This technique will be called "pulling up the loops" in the following steps. Knit 5 stitches. Repeat the instructions of pulling up the loop and knitting 5 stitches until the end of the row. Row 5 is: k5, pull up the loops, k5; rep the area between the ** to the end of the row.

  7. 7

    Repeat step 4 for row 6. Row six is: k1, p3, k3, p3; rep the area between the ** to the last stitch, k1.

  8. 8

    Purl the first stitch of row 7. Then begin the pattern of wrapping the yarn in the front, slipping 3 stitches as if to purl them, and purling the next 3 stitches. Repeat this pattern until there are 4 stitches left on the left hand needle and slip 3 stitches purlwise and purl the last stitch. Row seven is: p1, wyif, sl 3 as if to purl, p3; rep the area between the ** until there are four stitches left and sl 3 as if to purl, p1.

  9. 9

    Knit the first stitch of row 8 and begin the repeating pattern of wrapping the yarn in the back, slipping 3 stitches as if to purl and knitting 3 stitches. Repeat this until there are 4 stitches left, slip 3 stitches as if to purl and knit the last stitch. Row eight is: k1, wyib, sl 3 as if to purl, k3; rep the area between the ** to last 4 stitches, sl 3 as if to purl, k1.

  10. 10

    Repeat step 5 for row 9. Row 9: p1, k3, p3, k3; rep the area between the ** until there is only one stitch left, p1.

  11. 11

    Repeat step 4 again for row 10. Row ten: k1, p3, k3, p3; rep the area between the ** until there is one stitch left, k1.

  12. 12

    Knit the first 2 stitches of row 11 and begin the pattern of pulling up the loops as described in step 6, and knitting 5 stitches. Repeat this until there are 3 stitches left on the left hand needle and pull up the loop and knit the last 2 stitches. Row 11: k2, pull up the loops, k5; repeat area between the ** to the last 3stitches, pull up the loops, k2.

  13. 13

    Repeat step 5 again for row 12. Row 12: p1, k3, p3, k3; repeat the area between the ** until there is 1 stitch, p1.

  14. 14

    Repeat steps 2 through 13 until your project is the length that you want it and bind off all the stitches.

Tips and warnings

  • Slipping stitches purlwise means to slip the stitches from the left hand needle to the right hand needle like you are purling them.

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