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How to Knit The Horizontal Herringbone Stitch

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the horizontal herringbone stitch. This is a complicated, but beautiful stitch that creates a woven looking fabric similar to the herringbone material used to make men’s suits. It’s gorgeous lines add class and sophistication to patterns like scarfs, cowls, and bags.

Skill: Advanced
Cast On: Multiples of 2

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:
Slip Slip Knit – ssk
Purl Two Together – p2tog


Row 1: *Ssk, dropping only the first stitch off your needle,* rep from * to last st, k.
Row 2: *P2tog, dropping only the first stitch off your needle,* rep from * to last st, p.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have reached your desired width.
Note this pattern will not reveal itself until two rows have been completed

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Horizontal Herringbone

Example of the Horizontal Herringbone

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latch\xe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0



  1. Mary

    February 22, 2011

    Thank you for teaching this stitch, I have been trying to figure it out for weeks.

  2. Cindy Ball

    February 23, 2011

    Thank you kindly. I am excited about starting another project.

  3. Rose

    February 24, 2011

    I am having problems downloading this stich on ITunes….would you please verify and repair is reqquired…look forward to my daily stitches and love to knit them from my IPhone on the go…keep up the good work

  4. Johnny Vasquez

    February 24, 2011

    I'm not sure what is going on. I tried to reset the video to the feed but that can take up to 24hrs to update. Here are some options for what you can do in the meantime:1. The videos will work from the web page on an iPhone if you are connected to 3G or wifi. Just browse to the page and click on the video image.2. Click the little button in the bottom right hand corner of the player. That will take you to the show page where you should be able to download a copy to your computer. Then drag and drop it in iTunes and it should show up in your videos section (not your podcast section). You will need to manually sync it to your iPhone. Bummer I know but that's all I can do for now.

  5. KirstenGould

    November 5, 2011

    video not working

  6. newstitchaday

    November 5, 2011

    @KirstenGould works for me. Try emptying your browser cache.

  7. kimh

    December 21, 2011

    what should i do if i’ve accidentally dropped the second stitch off of my left needle? I can’t find it and have no idea how to continue.

    • JohnnyV

      December 22, 2011

      Honestly, I have no idea. I’d have to play around with it.

  8. peggy

    November 24, 2012

    When I do this beautiful stitch my cast on stitches look loose and lacy. I am using silk and merino yarn with 17 needles. Even with 15 needles I can’t seem to control the edge. Any suggestions? Thank you for your beautiful instructions.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      November 24, 2012

      Most likely your needles are too big for your yarn. In the video I used a worsted weight yarn with a size 13 needle.

      • Peggy

        November 26, 2012

        I changed my method of casting on and used your long string method and it worked great! Now my issue is that I am on my second row and I am making this an infinity scarf, so it is continuous. I need to do the second row as purl but do I start with the last stitch knitted stitch from the first row to join the scarf or would that mess up the pattern? How do I join the scarf at this point and keep the pattern? Thank you for your help? Peggy

        • Johnny Vasquez

          November 28, 2012

          I would use this pattern if you’re going to make a herringbone infinity scarf. The instructions are slightly different, but the technique is similar:

          Purl Bee – Big Herringbone Cowl

  9. Cat

    December 23, 2012

    I love your clear and nicely paced video, but the music (although lovely) is very distracting and I’m not able to concentrate clearly on the pattern instructions. Perhaps it’s more about my age rather than the music? :)

    • Johnny Vasquez

      December 23, 2012

      Thank you! We don’t use music in the background during the demonstration in our new videos. This is a really old video.


    March 22, 2013

    I have enjoyed all the new stitches I have learned!! For this “old dog” it’s really great!!! Thanks..have to find
    a way to put them into my old computer, as I cannot do them fast enough….I have had compliments on the
    new patterns I am doing. Would like to make a throw for my daughter with squares made of all the new sts.
    I have learned from you. Thank you so very much…don’t know where you were hiding, but glad I found you
    before “I go”!!!! Am 78 and these are really great stitches and videos for teaching. God bless you.

  11. Barbara Abler

    June 23, 2013

    I love your video on how to do this complicated stitch. Since this is not a stitch that looks the same on both sides, it would be nice if you could flip the swatch so we could see what the back looks like.

    Also, would I proceed the same way if I wanted to knit this horizontally, i.e. cast on at least 250 stitches (I’m using DK yarn on a US6 needle)? I’m making a scarf for my husband and wanted a stitch that looks woven. I’m not sure I like the reverse side of the linen stitch enough to use that. Thanks.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      July 14, 2013

      Well this is a reversible stitch, so it looks pretty similar on both sides.

      Most patterns using this stitch do it long with a few rows rather than just casting on a few stitches and working a bunch of rows. It tends to look much better that way.

  12. barbara Abler

    July 1, 2013

    what does the reverse side look like

    • Johnny Vasquez

      July 17, 2013

      It’s reversible.

  13. Barbara Abler

    July 16, 2013

    Thanks for your answer about herringbone stitch.