Knit-Purl Combinations: Pattern 3 - Herringbone Texture

Knit Purl Combinations Create Herringbone Pattern

Only knit (K) and purl (P) stitches are used to make up this herringbone texture knitting stitch and isn't too tricky for beginners, like myself.

Cast on: multiple of 16, + 1.
Row 1 - right side: (K2, p2) twice,  k1, p2, k2, p2, *k3, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 stitches, k2
Row 2: P1, *k2, p2, k2, p3, k2, p2, k2, p1; rep from * to end
Row 3: K1, *p1, k2, p2, k5, p2, k2, p1, k1; rep from * to end
Row 4: P3, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, *p5, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2; rep from * to last 3 stitches, p3
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 until desired length, ending with Row 2. Then Bind off
 Knit - Purl Combinations: Herringbone Texture
Herringbone Texture: Wrong side

16 Responses so far.

  1. Thanks for the beautiful pattern! I hardly even knit, and even I did manage to do this. Made it into a cowl for my youngest son, it's a perfect pattern for boys.

  2. fantastic!
    all the other directions for an identical pattern were too difficult to figure out.

  3. Please help! I love this scarf but the number of stitches in the pattern are not adding up to me. Rows 1 & 4 have extra stitches that I don't understand where they fit in. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

  4. I don't know how to help you. I've checked the pattern. Repeat rows 1 to 4. There is no error.

  5. Maybe my problem was I was only doing 16 and not 32+1? I will try it again. Thank you for your speedy reply!

  6. Hi! What size needles do you recommend for this? I'm a new knitter but looking forward to making this! Thanks!

  7. I used size 3.75mm needles. You can try.

  8. Thanks a lot! I'll give it a go! :)

  9. I count 49 stitches in rows one and four and 33 stitches in rows two and three. Am I reading the pattern incorrectly? Complete novice here!

  10. That isn't right!
    Row 1: K1,* K2, P2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2. ( or K1, *K2, P2; rep from * across, end K2)
    That means that you will knit the first stitch; then knit the next two stitches, purl the next two stitches; then you will knit 2, then purl 2, again, and repeat the steps following the asterisk all across the row until the last two stitches which you will knit.

  11. Hi,
    I am a bit confused. I have seen on other patterns later that it reads, cast on 16 + 1 stitch so (please ignore my ignorance) does that mean you cast on 17 stitches????? As I said (please ignore my ignorance) and is this knitted on two straight needles. Look forward to your reply.
    Kind regards

  12. You can cast on 33 sts, 49 sts, 65 sts, 81 sts ... ( Multiple of 16 stitches plus 1 additional stitch)
    If you cast on 17 sts:
    Row 1: (right side): (K2, p2) twice, k1, p2, k2, p2, k2
    Row 2: P1, k2, p2, k2, p3, k2, p2, k2, p1.
    Row 3: K1, p1, k2, p2, k5, p2, k2, p1, k1.
    Row 4: P3, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p3.

  13. Thank you for clarifying this for me, I appreciate it. Thank you so much.
    Kind regards

  14. Hello,
    In the picture that is shown, How many stitches are on it? 33?

  15. The swatch is 33 stitches. The pattern is worked over a multiple of 16 stitches plus 1.
    You can cast on a multiple of 16 = 16, 32, 48, 60, etc.
    If you cast on 32 stitches, you would then need to cast on 1 more stitch, making your total stich number 33.

  16. A great stitch for adding textural interest to my otherwise plain, single-colored baby blanket! Thanks for posting this; I found it just in the nick of time. I just discovered your blog on Pinterest and am enjoying it very much. Thanks again!