The Minaret Stitch produces a slender Cable that resembles the domed structure of a mosque’s minaret.
The Minaret Stitch is edging between an intermediate and advanced stitch, as it combines cables, slip stitches and decreases together to generate the arching domal structure. If any of the techniques listed below are new to you, I would hardly recommend following the video instructions before you start on the pattern proper.
Time to crack on to the instructions…
Cast on any multiple of twelve plus four stitches for your project.
Start the first row by purling four stitches, then enter a six stitch repeat of knitting two, then purling four. Keep repeating this until the end of the row.
For the second row, begin by knitting four, then again entering a six stitch repeat; purl two, then knit four. Repeat this till the end of the row. Rows three, four and five are repeats of the first row, second row and first row again, respectively.
Getting to the interesting part now, we shall begin row six by knitting four before entering another repeat; start the repeat by slipping two stitches purlwise with the yarn in front of the work, then move the yarn to the back and knit four. Repeat this until the end of the row.
Row seven begins by purling four before entering a repeat of; slip two stitches onto your cable needle and hold to the front of the work, next purl two, yarn around the needle and then knit two together through the back loop from your cable needle. Continue by slipping two stitches onto the cable needle and leave at the back of the work, knit two together, yarn around the needle and purl two from the cable. Finish the repeat by purling four. Keep repeating this until you reach the end of the row.
Start the last row (row eight) by knitting four. Then repeat the following till the end of the row; purl two, knit one through the backloop, purl two, knit one through the back loop, purl two and then knit four.
Once you have completed row eight, continue repeating rows 1-8 until you have the desired size.
Cast on any multiple of 12 + 4 stitches.
8 row pattern repeat.
Rows 1, 3 & 5: p4, *k2, p4; repeat from * till the end of the row.
Rows 2 & 4: k4, *p2, k4; repeat from * till the end of the row.
Row 6: k4, * sl 2, wyf, k4, wyb; repeat from * till the end of the row.
Row 7: p4, *C4F, C4B, p4; repeat from * till the end of the row.
Row 8: k3, *p2, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p2, k4; repeat from * till the end of the row
Repeat rows 1-8 to desired length.