The Gate and Ladder Pattern :: Knitting Stitch #179

Stitch Description

This knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the gate and ladder stitch. This stitch combines structural columns with openwork ladders to create a balanced delicate knit. The gate and ladder stitch is a great way to add a lightness to thick yarns or a touch of structure to a finer yarn.

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Materials Used


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Addi Lace Click Interchangeable Needle Set

Have all the needles you’ll ever need in one convenient carrying case! The addi Lace Click system provides 8 different sizes of addi Lace tips, five different lengths of our new, extremely pliable blue cord, and one connector piece which helps to either store stitches or combine your cords. The Click tips require no tools to change; simply insert the cord deep into the tip, twist and release. The tips will remain secure until you change them, thanks to the Click's revolutionary locking mechanism. The addi Click tips are nickel plated. Our nickel plating process is electro-static, which produces a smooth, rounded edge, where the tip and the cord "click" together.

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Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
Knit 2 Together
Yarn Over

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 2

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiples of 9 + 3

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 9 + 3

  • Prep: (wrong side) purl
  • Row 1: k1, k2tog, k3, [yo] twice, *k3, k3tog, k3, [yo] twice, k3; rep from * to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
  • Row 2: p6, k1, *p8, k1; rep from * to last 5sts, p5.
  • Repeat rows 1-2 until you have reached your desired length.

Swatch Photos

Example of the Gate and Ladder Pattern Right Side

Example of the Gate and Ladder Pattern Right Side (Click for Larger)

Example of the Gate and Ladder Pattern Wrong Side

Example of the Gate and Ladder Pattern Wrong Side (Click for Larger)

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