The Whelk Stitch :: Knitting Stitch #78

Stitch Description

The Whelk Stitch is a slip stitch pattern which creates a waffle-like textured fabric. It’s a fantastic choice for men’s wear, as well as washcloths and blankets.

Video Tutorial

Abbreviations

K
Knit Stitch
P
Purl Stitch
wyif
With Yarn In Front
wyib
With Yarn in Back
sl
Slip Stitch


Stitch Details

  Skill Level
Easy

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 4

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiples of 4 + 3

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 4 + 3

  • Row 1 (RS): K3, *sl 1 purlwise, k3; rep from * to end.
  • Row 2: K3, *wyif, sl 1 purlwise, wyib, 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.

Swatch Photos

Example of the Whelk Stitch Right Side

Example of the Whelk Stitch Wrong Side

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