Horizontal herringbone stitch is a pattern that repeats over two rows. The right side uses a variation of the ssk (slip slip knit) decrease stitch. The wrong side uses a variation of the p2tog decrease. In both cases you do not actually reduce the number of stitches.

Keep your knitting loose, otherwise the stitches get too tight.

how to knit herringbone stitch

Right side

Start your row by knitting one stitch. There are five steps to each right side herringbone stitch. The first time you do this stitch in the row it is different to all the remaining stitches in the row. For the first time, follow steps 1 to 5. For all remaining stitches in the row, repeat steps 6 to 10.

1

Slip one stitch knit-wise, from holding needle to working needle.

2

Slip another stitch knit-wise.

3

Put holding needle through the front of the two stitches you have just slipped.

4

Wrap yarn round needle and pull through, as if knitting the two stitches.

5

Only drop the first stitch from the holding needle. 

6

Slip one stitch through back of stitch

7

Slip another stitch knit-wise.

8

Put holding needle through the front of the two stitches you have just slipped.

9

Wrap yarn round needle and pull through, as if knitting the two stitches.

10

Only drop the first stitch from the holding needle. 

Repeat steps 6 to 10 to the last stitch, then knit the remaining stitch.

Wrong side

Start your row by purling one stitch. There are three steps to each wrong side herringbone stitch. 

1

Put working needle through two stitches on holding needle

2

Wrap yarn round needle and pull through, as if purling the two stitches

3

Only drop the first stitch from the holding needle.

Repeat steps 1 to 3 to the last stitch, then purl the remaining stitch.

Psssst.....

Our Indian Summer hot water bottle cover uses horizontal herringbone stitch. Give it a go...

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