The Russian Stitch

Stitch Description

The Russian stitch is a mosaic colorwork pattern. It creates a fabric of zig zagging columns of contrasting color. Using only one color at a time and slipped stitches, this bold graphic design is easy to make. A great way for beginner colorwork knitters to experiment. This geometric pattern will look amazing in large projects like scarves, blankets, and pillows.

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Abbreviations

K
Knit Stitch
P
Purl Stitch
SL
Slip Stitch


Stitch Details

  Skill Level
Easy

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 8

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiple of 5 sts + 1

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiple of 5 sts + 1

Note: Cast on with Color A and knit one row.

  • Row 1 (Right Side – Color B): *K4, sl 1 wyib; rep from *, end k1.
  • Row 2 (Color B): P1, *sl 1 wyif, p4; rep from *.
  • Row 3 (Color A): K5, *sl 1 wyib, k4; rep from *, end k1.
  • Row 4 (Color A): K5, sl 1 wyif, k4; rep from *, end k1.
  • Row 5 (Color B): K1, *sl 1 wyib, k4; rep from *
  • Row 6 (Color B): *P4, sl 1 wyif; rep from *, end p1.
  • Row 7 (Color A): K5, *sl 1 wyib, k4; rep from *, end k1.
  • Row 8 (Color A): K5, sl 1 wyif, k4; rep from *, end k1.

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

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