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How to Knit the Whelk Stitch

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the whelk stitch. This slip stitch pattern creates waffle like textured fabric that is great for men’s wear, as well as washcloths and blankets.

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Skill: Easy
Cast On: Multiples of 4 + 3

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:
Knit – k
Purl – p
Yarn Forward – yf
Yarn Back – yb
Slip Stitch – sl st

Pattern Instructions:

Row 1 (RS): K3, *sl 1 purlwise, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 2: K3, *yf, sl 1 purlwise, yb, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 3: K1, *sl 1 purlwise, k3; rep from * to last two sts, sl 1 purlwise, k1.
Row 4: P1, sl 1 purlwise, *p3, sl 1 purlwise; rep from * to last st, p1.

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

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

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

Example of the Whelk Stitch close up wrong side
Example of the Whelk Stitch wrong side close up (click for larger)

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Comments

  1. suzberrydotnew

    June 3, 2012

    I appreciate the way you present stitches: your narrative style and voice quality, the written pattern and the photos of both front and back of the fabric. Thanks. Also, good luck on your move to CA.