How to Tuck in Knitting

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How to Tuck in Knitting
The tuck stitch is rarely called for, but creates a unique look in a finished piece. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

In the art of knitting, a tuck stitch is a decorative method also known as welting. A row of tuck in knitting is also called a tuck stripe. It adds interest and depth to a knitted piece. Modern patterns rarely call for a tuck stitch, though it's not technically difficult and the result creates an attractive added detail. To tuck in knitting, you create a small pocket on one side of the piece and a fold on the other. You can perform this stitch whether knitting in flat rows or knitting in the round.

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  • Straight or circular knitting needles
  • Yarn

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    Insert your right hand needle into the first stitch as if to knit, with the knitted piece on your left hand needle.

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    Angle the work toward you so the wrong side (WS) row is on top and clearly seen. Insert your right hand needle into the purl bump in the stitch that is positioned directly one row below the top stitch. To make a wider tuck than the width of one row, insert your right hand needle into the purl bump in a stitch more than one row below the top, still in the same column.

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    Pull the yarn over and through the stitch on the right hand needle.

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    Continue these steps in a row until you have the desired length of the knitted tuck or welt. The result is called a tuck stripe.

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