Saturday, September 29, 2012

Raspberry Stitch - Trinity Stitch

Sample knit with worsted weight yarn on US Size 11 needles, Knitter's Pride Cubics

I first did a video on this stitch back in 2009 with my old digital camera.  Since then, it has had over 2 million views.  Yes, two million!  I only demonstrated the k/p/k and p3tog parts of the stitch.

This is also the same as Trinity Stitch, which you will find in several stitch pattern books.  Barbara Walker's First Treasury omits the +2 from the pattern, though.

This new video is HD, and shows the entire stitch.

Multiple of 4 + 2

Rows 1 and 3: Purl all stitches
Row 2: K1 *(K1, P1, K1) into next stitch, P3tog* K1
Row 4: K1 *P3tog, (K1, P1, K1) into next stitch* K1

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.

Here is the video.  Happy Knitting, and Enjoy!


Denise said...

thanks for the video I subbed U 2day happy knitting

Craftymare007 said...

I just really love this stitch and I prefer to watch your video tutorials here than on YouTube. Keep up the good work, I've just knitted a mini handbag using your granite tutorial and I would never have thought I could knit something so pretty:). Thank you

Jazmin Marquez said...

Hi, I was just doing this stitch and I'm a beginner, but it seems simple enough. I had about five bubble rows going just fine and then I messed up, so now they're coming out the other side! Any tips on how to go back to the original side? And how should I keep track of what row is 2 vs 4??

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

Sounds like you may have missed a purl row. Just rip back until you reach a row with no mistakes. If you don't feel comfortable ripping out and then trying to pick up the stitches again, I have a video called "Oops, knitting back to fix a mistake", which you can just work backwards until you reach the point with no mistakes in your row. It is a bit tedious but it works. With practice, you will learn to read your stitches and work. The berries, or bubbles, are staggered. You can see this in the written pattern, how Row two starts with a k1/p1/k1 into the same stitch, but Row four starts with the p3tog. If I have problems following a stitch pattern, I like to print out the instructions, slip the page into one of those plastic sheet protectors, and then use a dry erase marker to cross off the rows as I go. When I have worked all of the rows, I just wipe off the sheet and start over. If the pattern has a lot of stitches, and many steps in each row, I mark of each stitch or set of stitches as I go. It takes extra time to to do this, but it helps pinpoint where a stitch or step is being missed in the pattern and prevents mistakes. Or, you can just use a pen or pencil and mark off on the sheet of paper as you go so you can keep track of where you are. Hope this helps!

Andrea Pierce said...

I really love this pattern and have gotten the hang of the stitch. But I've run into a problem ...i keep losing two stitches. I started with 26 stitches but by row 5 I'm down to 23. Do you have any clue where I keep messing up? Help please!

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

Hi Andrea,
It's really impossible for me to know where you have made a mistake - it could be happening anywhere along the row. Just make sure you are doing all of the increases/decreases and not dropping any stitches off the needle. Sometimes I lose a stitch when making the little raspberry, and have to pay attention that the yarn is behaving :0)

Samantha Aldred said...

How many stitches would I need to start with for a car seat sized Blanket? I'm quite new to knitting and am struggling to work it out.

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

I'm not sure what size would be appropriate for a car seat. If you do a search for knitted baby blanket sizes you should get some guidelines. Once you decide how big you want it you will need to knit a gauge swatch with the yarn and needles you plan to use. Since everyone knits at a different gauge I can't tell you how many stitches to cast on. You'll have to do a little math to figure that out. I have a tutorial/video on gauge if you need help with that. Good luck!

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

You can do your gauge swatch in stocking stitch, it should be fine for determining the stitch count for the pattern. It won't make much difference if your finished item is a bit smaller or larger, since a blanket isn't a fitted item!