Wickerwork Stitch Pattern is a beautiful twist stitch pattern that resembles delicate wicker woven together. The pattern looks like cables are intertwining to create the wickerwork, but there is no requirement of cable needles; rather, it involves traveling stitches.
Usually, when stitches are transposed, a cable needle is required to hold the stitches in the front or back (thereby referred to as cable patterns). But, if only two stitches are transposed, a cable needle isn’t needed, and that’s when it is referred to as a traveling stitch. The traveling stitch is also known as the ‘Twist’ stitch or Bavarian, Austrian, or Alpine stitch. The latter names come from where stitch originated, while the former represents the technique. In traveling stitch, only one stitch crosses over another. You have to knit a stitch through the back loop, which creates a tighter stitch that stands out amongst the background stitches.
Wickerwork Stitch Pattern gives a wonderful texture to the fabric, and even though it looks complex, it’s much simpler to knit. It perfectly goes well in projects such as baby blankets, cowls, hats, and even pullovers as a textured pattern.
Multiple of 8
This free knit pattern is written in US terms. You can also check out other common knit abbreviations.
|k2tog||Knit two stitches together|
|k2tog tbl||Knit two stitches together through back loop|
|st (s)||Stitch (es)|
RT: Right Twist – k2tog, leaving sts on left-hand needle; then insert right-hand needle from the front between the two sts just knitted together, and knit the first st again; then slip both sts from needle together.
LT: Left Twist – With the right-hand needle behind the left-hand needle, skip one st and knit the 2nd st in the back loop; then insert the right-hand needle into the backs of both sts (the skipped st and the 2nd st) and k2tog tbl.
CO Multiple of 8 stitches. For example, you can cast on (8 x 3) = 24 stitches to knit a sample swatch.
|Row 1 (RS):||p1, * k2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.|
|Row 2:||* k1, p1, RT, LT, p1, k1; rep from * to end.|
|Row 3:||* p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1; rep from * to end.|
|Row 4:||* k1, RT, p2, LT, k1; rep from * to end.|
|Row 5:||p2, * k4, p4; rep from * to last 6 sts, k4, p2.|
|Row 7:||Rep Row 1.|
|Row 8:||* LT, p1, k2, p1, RT; rep from * to end.|
|Row 9:||* k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1; rep from * to end.|
|Row 10:||* p1, LT, k2, RT, p1; rep from * to end.|
|Row 11:||k2, * p4, k4; rep from * to last 6 sts, p4, k2.|
Repeat this free knit pattern (12 rows) until you have reached the desired length for your work.
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Check out other easy to learn ‘Textured‘ knitting patterns:
- Bramble Stitch Pattern
- Armor Stitch Pattern
- Garter Slip Stitch Pattern
- Garter Stitch Twisted Rib Pattern
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