How to Knit the Clamshell Stitch

Stitch Description

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the clamshell stitch. The clamshell stitch creates a beautiful clamshell pattern. The clamshell stitch would be great for blankets, baby blankets, and scarves!

Video Tutorial

Abbreviations

K
Knit Stitch
P
Purl Stitch
YO
Yarn Over
K5tog tbl
Knit 5 Together Through Back Loop – Insert the needle from the right into the back loops of five stitches at the same time and knit them together as one stitch.

Stitch Details

  Skill Level
Intermediate

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 8

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiples of 4 + 1

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast on in multiples of 4 + 1

  • Row 1 (Wrong Side): K2, *(p1, yo, p1, yo, p1) in next st, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2.
  • Row 2: P2, *k5, p3; rep from *, end last rep p2.
  • Row 3: K2, *p5, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2.
  • Row 4: P2, *k5tog tbl, p3; rep from *, end last rep p2.
  • Row 5 K4, *(p1, yo, p1, yo, p1) in next st, k3; rep from *, end k1.
  • Row 6 P4, *k5, p3; rep from *, end p1.
  • Row 7 K4, *p5, k3; rep from *, end k1.
  • Row 8 P4, *k5tog tbl, p3; rep from *, end p1.

Repeat rows 1-8 until you have reached your desired length.

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