Clover Stitch

The Clover Stitch

Description

The Clover stitch gives you the opportunity to practice (master) several different techniques and is a member of the Eyelet & Lace Stitch family.

The stitch combines several techniques to generate a series of 3 eyelet holes grouped together on a stockinette stitch background. Notice the way they are grouped together? If you haven't guessed the stitch gets its name from the resemblance between the grouping of the eyelet holes and a three-leaf clover.

So, what is the Clover Stitch? The stitch consists of several techniques giving you a chance to practice both your increasing and decreasing in the same pattern. These techniques include knitting two together, slip-slip-knit, slip stitch purlwise, yarnover and passing the slip stitch over. These techniques in themselves aren't too tricky, but the combination together of so many different parts can be a little overwhelming for the novice.

This stitch gives a gentle, calming feel to any knitting project such as babies blankets or a light weight cardigan.

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Instructions

Cast on multiples of 8 + 7 stitches.

Begin by knitting every stitch in the first row, reverse and purl every stitch in the second row.

The third row starts by knitting two, yarnover, slip stitch purlwise, knit two together, pass slip stitch over and then a yarnover. Once you have done this continue with this repeating pattern; knit five, yarnover, slip stitch purlwise, knit two together, pass slip stitch over and yarnover until you get to the last two stitches and knit two.

The fourth row and all wrong-side rows (even rows), purl all the stitches.

Begin the fifth row by knitting three, yarnover and then slip-slip-knit. Then begin a repeating pattern of knitting six, yarnover and slip-slip-knit until you reach the last two stitches, and knit two.

The seventh row begins by knitting one before entering a repeating pattern of knitting five, yarnover, slip stitch purlwise, knit two together, pass slip stitch over and then yarnover until you reach the last six stitches and knit six.

Begin the 9th row by knitting seven, then again we go into a repeating pattern, this time of; yarnover, slip-slip-knit, knit six which you repeat to the end of the row.

The final row as with the rest of the wrong side rows should be done all in purl stitches.

Continue repeating this six row repeat until you have reached the desired length.

Difficulty Level:

Advanced Knitting Stitch

Cast on:

Cast on multiples of 8 + 7 stitches.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:

 

Traditional Instructions

Row 1: k all stitches.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8: p all stitches.
Row 3: k2, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, * k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo; repeat from * to last two stitches, k2.
Row 5: k3, yo, ssk, * k6, yo, ssk; repeat from * to last two stitches, k2.
Row 7: k1, * k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo; repeat from * to last six stitches, k6.
Row 9: k7, * yo, ssk, k6; repeat from * to the end of the row.
Row 10: p all stitches.

Repeat rows 1-10 to desired length.

Clover Stitch Chart

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Clover Stitch Swatch Examples

Clover Example - Right Side

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Clover Example - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the Clover Stitch

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