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The Birch Stitch


The Birch Stitch is a very straight-forward stitch relies on just three Knit/Purl variations, used in consecutive rows.

This stitch is a complete accident, generated by not paying attention whilst trying to knit the Trinity/Bramble Stitch whilst watching television at the same time! We named this, the Birch Stitch, although if anyone knows the real name for it then please let us know!

Guess it's that time to get on with the instructions now!

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Cast on multiples of three stitches for your project.

The first and third rows involve purling all the stitches in the row.

The second row consists entirely of purling three together

The fourth row, you will knit one, purl one and then knit one into the one stitch, keep doing this in every stitch across the row.

Repeat rows 1-4 until you reach the desired size.

Difficulty Level:

Intermediate Knitting Stitch

Cast on:

Cast on in multiples of 3 stitches.
This is a four row pattern repeat.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:


Traditional Instructions

Row 1: p all stitches.
Row 2: *(k1, p1, k1) into one st; repeat from * till the end of the row.
Row 3: p all stitches.
Row 4: *p3tog; repeat from * till the end of the row.

Repeat rows 1-4 to desired length.

Birch Stitch Chart

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Birch Stitch Swatch Example

Birch Stitch Example - Right Side

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Birch Stitch Example - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the Birch Stitch

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