The Whelk Stitch

Stitch Description

The whelk stitch is a slipped stitch pattern that creates a waffle like fabric. Its heavy texture makes it ideal for washcloths, and its geometric lines look great on large projects like blankets, scarves, and sweaters. The faux ribbing of the whelk stitch is also nice for hats, and the dense fabric will keep anyone nice and cozy.

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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.

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