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How to Knit the Vertical Herringbone Stitch

Ah, Herringbone…

That classic vintage fabric that just oozes style. There’s something magnetic about watching a sharply dressed person walk by in a tailored jacket made of a herringbone fabric. And not in a stalkery kind of way.

Unfortunately it’s not that easy to emulate woven fabrics when knitting.

The challenge of creating such a classy pattern with knits and purls makes me want to fall to my knees and cry out to the world “WHY!?” (preferably with a nice crane shot pulling away from above to show the epicness of my despair).

But since its very expensive to keep a camera crew on call for such moments, we made this video tutorial to show you how.

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the vertical herringbone stitch. This pattern is created by selectively using increases and decreases to make a series of columns with a zig-zag motif. The effect is similar to that of herringbone fabric. This pattern travels vertically, but there is also a horizontal herringbone stitch.

Skill: Easy

Cast On: Multiples of 7 + 1

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:

Knit – k
Purl – p
Knit Two Together – k2tog
Knit Right Loop – krl

Pattern Instructions:

Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2: *K2tog, k2, krl, k2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: K1, *k2, krl, k2, k2tog; rep from * to end.

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

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Learn how to knit the Vertical Herringbone Stitch

Example of the Vertical Herringbone Stitch (click for larger)

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latchxe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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  1. Sam Gill

    March 12, 2012

    Quick question … confused a little.

    Your pattern is written in your post and above the video as: *K2tog, k2, krl, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

    However when demonstrating it is being done: *K2tog, k2, krl, K1, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

    Do as written? Or as shown?

    BTW: LOVE the videos!

    • newstitchaday

      March 12, 2012

      The KRL increase is comprised of two steps:

      1. Knit the stitch below

      2. Then knit the stitch above

      So it seems like there should be an additional K1 included, but it’s actually just part of the KRL.


    March 12, 2013

    wonderful site, instructions

    • Johnny Vasquez

      March 12, 2013