The Whelk Stitch

Whelk Stitch Knitting Pattern (Right Side)

About this Stitch Pattern

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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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

Skill Level


Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 4 + 3

Stitch 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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Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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1 thoughts on “The Whelk Stitch

  1. suzberrydotnew says:

    I appreciate the way you present stitches: your narrative style and voice quality, the written pattern and the photos of both front and back of the fabric. Thanks. Also, good luck on your move to CA.

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