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How to Knit the Ostrich Plume Stitch

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the ostrich plume stitch. This lace panel creates the appearance of a column of stacked feathers. It’s perfect for blankets or as an accent on a sweater.

Skill: Intermediate
This pattern is work over 13 stitch on a reverse stockinette background

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:
Knit – k
Purl – p
Knit Four Together – k4tog
Yarn Over – yo

Pattern Instructions:

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Row 3: K4tog, (yo, k1) 5x, yo, k4tog
Row 4: Purl all stitches

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Ostrich Plume Stitch right side
Example of the Ostrich Plume Stitch right side close up (click for larger)

Example of the Ostrich Plum Stitch wrong side
Example of the Ostrich Plume Stitch wrong side close up (click for larger)

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Comments

  1. BobBeer

    May 11, 2012

    Nice stitch. One little comment about the “cover” note that comes with each episode. I don’t think you need to say “I just wanted to show you…”  It sounds almost like you’re half-apologizing for taking my time. But I’m subscribed, I want to see the new installations so there’s no need to explain or justify why you’re sending them to me. :) 

  2. BobBeer

    May 11, 2012

    Nice stitch. One little comment about the “cover” note that comes with each episode. I don’t think you need to say “I just wanted to show you…”  It sounds almost like you’re half-apologizing for taking my time. But I’m subscribed, I want to see the new installations so there’s no need to explain or justify why you’re sending them to me. :) 

    • newstitchaday

      May 11, 2012

       @BobBeer I think that’s very much a matter of personal perception. We’ve worded our emails in a specific way on purpose and we are quite happy with the results. But thanks for the feedback. It is very much appreciated.

  3. rooney48

    May 11, 2012

    This is a dumb question but what do u mean that the stitch is worked on a reverse stockinette background? I know what that is,but do u use it as a border or ???????

  4. rooney48

    May 11, 2012

    This is a dumb question but what do u mean that the stitch is worked on a reverse stockinette background? I know what that is,but do u use it as a border or ???????

    • newstitchaday

      May 11, 2012

       @rooney48 There are no dumb questions! When a stitch is worked on a background of reverse stockinette (rv st) it means it is surrounded by rv st on either side. This way the stitch pops. It’s often used with cable patterns to accentuate them. Make sense?

  5. rooney48

    May 12, 2012

    got it. Thank you so much for the prompt reply. Love your site-one of my favorites