Horizontal Herringbone Stitch

Horizontal Herringbone Stitch Knitting Pattern (Right Side)

About this Stitch Pattern

The Horizontal Herringbone stitch is not easy to master. This is a complicated, but beautiful stitch that creates a woven looking fabric similar to the herringbone material used to make men’s suits. It’s gorgeous lines add class and sophistication to patterns like scarfs, cowls, and bags.

[VIDEO] Stitch Pattern Tutorial

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

Skill Level


Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 2

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 2

  • Row 1 (RS): *Ssk, dropping only the first stitch off your needle,* rep from * to last st, k.
  • Row 2: *P2tog, dropping only the first stitch off your needle,* rep from * to last st, p.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 until you have reached your desired length.
NOTE: This pattern will not reveal itself until two full rows have been completed

Stitch Pattern Swatch Photos

Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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20 thoughts on “Horizontal Herringbone Stitch

  1. Rose says:

    I am having problems downloading this stich on ITunes….would you please verify and repair is reqquired…look forward to my daily stitches and love to knit them from my IPhone on the go…keep up the good work

  2. Johnny Vasquez says:

    I'm not sure what is going on. I tried to reset the video to the feed but that can take up to 24hrs to update. Here are some options for what you can do in the meantime:1. The videos will work from the web page on an iPhone if you are connected to 3G or wifi. Just browse to the page and click on the video image.2. Click the little blip.tv button in the bottom right hand corner of the player. That will take you to the show page where you should be able to download a copy to your computer. Then drag and drop it in iTunes and it should show up in your videos section (not your podcast section). You will need to manually sync it to your iPhone. Bummer I know but that's all I can do for now.

  3. kimh says:

    what should i do if i’ve accidentally dropped the second stitch off of my left needle? I can’t find it and have no idea how to continue.

  4. peggy says:

    When I do this beautiful stitch my cast on stitches look loose and lacy. I am using silk and merino yarn with 17 needles. Even with 15 needles I can’t seem to control the edge. Any suggestions? Thank you for your beautiful instructions.

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Most likely your needles are too big for your yarn. In the video I used a worsted weight yarn with a size 13 needle.

      • Peggy says:

        I changed my method of casting on and used your long string method and it worked great! Now my issue is that I am on my second row and I am making this an infinity scarf, so it is continuous. I need to do the second row as purl but do I start with the last stitch knitted stitch from the first row to join the scarf or would that mess up the pattern? How do I join the scarf at this point and keep the pattern? Thank you for your help? Peggy

  5. Cat says:

    I love your clear and nicely paced video, but the music (although lovely) is very distracting and I’m not able to concentrate clearly on the pattern instructions. Perhaps it’s more about my age rather than the music? 🙂

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Thank you! We don’t use music in the background during the demonstration in our new videos. This is a really old video.

  6. reseeger@sbcglobal.net says:

    I have enjoyed all the new stitches I have learned!! For this “old dog” it’s really great!!! Thanks..have to find
    a way to put them into my old computer, as I cannot do them fast enough….I have had compliments on the
    new patterns I am doing. Would like to make a throw for my daughter with squares made of all the new sts.
    I have learned from you. Thank you so very much…don’t know where you were hiding, but glad I found you
    before “I go”!!!! Am 78 and these are really great stitches and videos for teaching. God bless you.

  7. Barbara Abler says:

    I love your video on how to do this complicated stitch. Since this is not a stitch that looks the same on both sides, it would be nice if you could flip the swatch so we could see what the back looks like.

    Also, would I proceed the same way if I wanted to knit this horizontally, i.e. cast on at least 250 stitches (I’m using DK yarn on a US6 needle)? I’m making a scarf for my husband and wanted a stitch that looks woven. I’m not sure I like the reverse side of the linen stitch enough to use that. Thanks.

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Well this is a reversible stitch, so it looks pretty similar on both sides.

      Most patterns using this stitch do it long with a few rows rather than just casting on a few stitches and working a bunch of rows. It tends to look much better that way.

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