How To Knit the Herringbone Stitch

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Great Texture, Squishy Fabric

In this episode of B.hooked Knitting, I’ll be teaching you how to knit the herringbone stitch. This stitch is a challenging technique but it yields amazing results.

I recommend using this stitch for projects that demand amazing texture and extra warmth. The resulting fabric is dense and squishy – perfect for scarves!

The herringbone stitch is composed of a two row pattern repeat – that is, we repeat the same two rows over and over to create the herringbone stitch pattern. Although this stitch is a tad difficult to catch on to at first, your technique will improve over just a few rows. It’s always a good idea to practice this stitch before you dive into your project. Grab some spare yarn and your needles and let’s give this amazing stitch a try.

Practice Makes Perfect

In this tutorial, we’re going to work up a test swatch. You will only need 15-20 yards of yarn to get the hang of it. Any yarn in your stash will do, however, the pattern is best suited for smooth yarns (so the beautiful pattern can shine).

My Recommendations

  • US 15 Clover Takumi Knitting Needles
  • Bernat Bargello Yarn

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How to Knit the Herringbone Stitch with Brittany

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on my YouTube channel.


Written Instructions


  • K – Knit
  • kwise – Knitwise
  • P – Purl
  • P2tog – Purl 2 Together
  • Sl1k – Slip one Knitwise

Cast on an even number of stitches.

Row 1 (right side): k first stitch. *Sl1k. K next stitch. Insert left needle in slipped stitch. Lift it over the last stitch and hold it on your left needle. Insert right needle in slipped stitch kwise. Wrap the yarn and complete as if to knit. Repeat from 8 to end of row.

Row 2 (wrong side): *P2tog but do not slip them off your needle. P the first stitch on the needle again and slip both stitches off the needle. Repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat rows 1-2 until your project reaches the desired length. Bind off on the right side of the work.

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