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How to Knit the Faggot Stitch

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the faggot stitch. is a very simple lace stitch created by only using yarn overs and k2tog. It was originally used by fishermen to make nets but could be used to make anything from bags to sweaters to lightweight throws.

Skill: Easy
Cast On: Multiples of 2

TECHNIQUES USED IN THIS STITCH:
Knit – k
Knit two together – k2tog
Yarn over – yo

Pattern Instructions:

Note: This pattern is completely reversible.
Row 1: k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from *to last st, k1

Repeat this row until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Faggot Stitch Right Side
Example of the Faggot Stitch (click for larger)

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Comments

  1. Maddie

    December 22, 2012

    Does this work in the round as well?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      December 27, 2012

      It should but you may need to reverse the stitches in the second row.

  2. Erich Treeby

    February 6, 2013

    I have to correct you on the name for this stitch. It is actually spelled “Fagot”, based on the original meaning of the word (i.e. a bundle of sticks). The spelling “faggot” is a derogatory term for gay men. Thanks for your attention to this.

    Erich

    • Johnny Vasquez

      February 7, 2013

      There are multiple books and online resources, including the Barbara Walker Treasury, that show this to be the correct spelling. We merely used the terminology that was presented in our resources.

      I am aware of the connotation of the word, but the stitch has been spelled like this for much longer than the word has been used in a derogatory way.

      I will trust that visitors to the site will recognize that in this context there should be nothing demeaning associated with it. Thanks for your input.

  3. Anniebarnett58@gmail.com

    March 19, 2013

    I’m looking for stitch collection to print out showing faggot stitch instructions?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      March 19, 2013

      Hi Annie! We have written instructions in this post, but we do not have an easy way to print them out. You are welcome to copy and paste them.

  4. Elza

    May 2, 2013

    how to knit row 2?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      May 2, 2013

      Repeat row 1