The Raspberry Stitch

15 Mar

This stitch is one of my all time favorites. It’s called the Raspberry Stitch and makes one side appear as if you’ve plucked the fabric off of a raspberry bush. It’s fancy, yet contemporary at the same time. Even moreso, just changing the pattern slightly gives it a whole new look! I’ve made countless scarves with this pattern, and even as we speak, I have a new scarf on my needles.

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the front side

It’s not knit to be a reversible pattern, but both sides do appear pleasing to the eye, so it can be worn either way.

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the reverse side

This pattern is achieved by casting on a multiple of 4+2.

Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1, *(k1, p1, k1) in the same stitch, p3tog* until end of row, k1.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: K1, *p3tog, (k1, p1, k1) in the same stitch* until end of row, k1.

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.

Sometimes like to just repeat the first two rows to get a ‘softer’ looking fabric. The raspberries are still present, but instead of the bumps making diagonal lines, they turn out straight. Please note, the fabric will end up crooked; having a triangle shaped edge with just repeating the first two rows.

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the front of just two repeats

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the back of just two repeats

Usually with this pattern, to give it a neat feel, I’ll take yarns in a contrasted color and weave them in the lines between the bumps, leaving a few inches at the end for fringe. I’ll usually refer to this as a half-a-berry stitch.

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do should you attempt it. It’s rather simple and knits up fast. Just remember to keep your stitches a bit loose so your p3tog’s aren’t hard to do and chance dropping them off your needles!

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