Instructions to knit a scallop

Written by jessica cook | 13/05/2017
Instructions to knit a scallop
A scalloped edging adds a polished look to items like baby bootees. (knit baby bootees and bibs image by DSL from

Knitting a scalloped border or edging on a project gives it a wavy look. Though scallop stitches are common for crochet, they are less so in knitting. Knitting a scallop stitch is a process of alternating regular knit and purl rows with a row of increased and decreased stitches. If you have a basic understanding of knitted increases and decreases, you can knit a scallop stitch on your next project.

Knit the first row using all knitted stitches. This row might be the final row on your straight knitting project, such as a blanket or a scarf, or a round knitting project like socks or bootees. The knitted row is the base for your edging.

For the second row, use a scallop stitch. To make a scallop stitch, repeat the following pattern across a round or row: Knit two stitches together a total of three times. Then yarn over and knit one stitch, for a total of six times. Finally, knit two stitches together a total of three more times. Continue in this pattern until you reach the end of the row or round.

Knit the third row in your pattern, all the way across or around. Then make one row of purled stitches.

Repeat the entire process as often as you like to deepen the scalloped border on your knitted garment.

Things you need

  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn

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