Openwork Slip Stitch Knitting Stitch

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Here’s another chic summery knit pattern – openwork slip stitch. It uses a clever method for making those nice long looped stitches, and it creates a pleasant, rhythmic pattern over a large area. If you’re not sure about all the stitches involved, scroll down for photos of how I made this swatch.

This swatch is knit with Sugar ‘n Cream yarn in Beachglass (which is so pretty in real life), with US #7 bamboo knitting needles.


Multiple of 4 + 2

1) Knit

2) p1, *p4, yo,* p1

3) k1, *let made stitch drop, yrn fwd, sl 1, k3, psso,* k1

4) Purl


k = knit

p = purl

yo = yarn over

yrn fwd = yarn forward (like you’re going to purl)

sl 1 = slip 1 stitch

psso = pass slipped stitch over


Yarn Over:

Bring the yarn over your needle, then continue to use it. This makes 1 stitch.


That whole thing on the knit row:

This is just what it looks like between pattern repeats.


Bring the yarn to the front like you’re going to purl.


Let the yarn over ‘made’ stitch from the last row fall off the needle. I know, it’s weird, but it’s right.


Slip the next stitch. I slipped these purlwise, I though that made the nicest loop.


This is what it looks like when that stitch is on the other needle.



Knit the next stitch. Bring the yarn up and over the needle to get it where it needs to go. This makes a stitch for the next row.


Knit the next 2 stitches the normal way.


Reach over and grab the slipped stitch from before.


Lift it up and over the other 3 stitches on that needle.


Let go of the slipped stitch, that’s the end of the pattern repeat. Do that over and over to the end.


Openwork Slip Stitch is a nice looking knit that works up fairly quickly – two rows are just ordinary knitting and purling, and pattern row 2 is pretty easy.