Friday, July 1, 2011

Knit Dimple Stitch

This is a nifty stitch!  While knitting my swatch, the edges were curling so depending on what you are knitting, you may want to consider a border.

Work this stitch over a multiple of 6 stitches, plus 5
Pattern Note:  To gather stitches:   Slip the right needle under the 3 strands, from bottom to top so that you are in position to knit the next on the left needle.  Knit the next stitch, pulling it under the slipped stitches.

Row 1: Knit all stitches (This is the right side of the fabric)
Row 2: P1 *With yarn held in front, slip 3 stitches purlwise, P3* Repeat from *, end row with P1
Row 3: K1 *With yarn held in back, slip 3 stitches purlwise, K3* Repeat from *, end row with K1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: P2 *Gather stitches, P5* Repeat from *, end row with P2
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: P1 *P3, Slip 3 with yarn in front* Repeat from *, end row with P4
Row 11: K4 *Slip 3 with yarn in back, K3* Repeat from *, end row with K1
Row 12: Repeat Row 10
Row 13: Knit
Row 14: Purl
Row 15: Knit
Row 16: P5 *Gather stitches, P5* Repeat from *

Want to knit this stitch in the round?  Here's how:

When you gather the stitches, you will be purling the stitch instead of knitting it. I found a crochet hook helpful with this step, otherwise it is next to impossible! 

Cast on a multiple of 6 
Round 1: K
Rounds 2, 3 and 4: *Slip 3 wyib, K3* 
Rounds 5, 6, and 7: K 
Round 8: *Gather sts, K5* 
Round 9: K
Rounds 10, 11 and 12: *K3, Sl 3 wyib* 
Rounds 13, 14, and 15: K
Round 16: *K5, Gather sts* 

Repeat these 16 Rows for pattern.  As always, if you learn by seeing, below is a video.  The video demonstrates the slip stitch rows, and the gather rows.  The knit/purl rows are not included for the sake of brevity.  Also is a brief video for this done in the round, to show the slipping and gathering of stitches.  Enjoy!


Emily said...

Thank you so much! I've been searching for this stitch pattern since I saw it on a cute hat over a week ago, and I kept trying words (bubble, puff, NOT bobble!), so I was very excited to see this post, and especially the video (which explains the gather stitch perfectly).
Again, thanks!

Brenda said...

Thank you for this great tute!! My bf bought a hat in Peru with this stitch and has been begging me to replicate it but I wasn't able to figure out the pattern, but you did! yay!! Thanks x a million :-)

Unknown said...

This is soooo nice! Thanks so much! The video is so great and helpful! Could you tell me how to do this stitch with two different colors like you did? Which rows do I change colors on? Thanks for your help!

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

I used self striping yarn.