The Oyster Stitch :: Knitting Stitch #222

Stitch Description

This knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the oyster stitch. The oyster stitch creates a floral looking design. The oyster stitch would be great for hats, gloves, and headbands!

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Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
Oyster 5
Oyster over 5: Slip next 5 sts to RH needle dropping extra wraps, slip them back to LH needle, (k1,p1,k1,p1,k1) into all 5 sts tog, wrapping yarn twice around needle for each st.

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 8

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiples of 6 + 7

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 6 + 7

Note: be sure to bring yarn between the needle points (not over needle) for each st when working (k1,p1,k1,p1,k1) into all 5 sts tog.

  • Row 1: (Right Side): Knit across.
  • Row 2: P1, *p5, wrapping yarn twice around needle for each st, p1; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: K1, *Oyster 5, k1; rep from * across.
  • Row 4: P1, *k5, dropping extra wraps, p1; rep from * across.
  • Row 5: Knit across.
  • Row 6: P4, *p5, wrapping yarn twice around needle for each st, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
  • Row 7: K4, *Oyster 5, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
  • Row 8: P4, *k5, dropping extra wraps, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

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

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