Trinity Stitch

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The Trinity Stitch


Trinity Stitch, also known as the Bramble Stitch (UK) creates a raised texture using increase/decrease variations on Knit & Purl stitches.

We generate this effect by alternating between a (knit one, purl one, knit one) double increase, immediately followed by purling 3 together, which is a double decrease. These increases and decreases are done on the wrong side (even numbered rows). All the right side rows (even numbers) are done with purl stitches.

The Trinity Stitch is similar in appearance to the Berry Stitch, but has a subtly different look to it.

The stitch, in my opinion, is best used for smaller knitting projects such as purses, hats or washcloths to add some texture. I feel a large swathe of fabric knitted in this pattern may be a bit overwhelming. However, as ever, this is done to personal taste so feel free to prove me wrong!

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Cast on multiples of four plus three stitches for your project.

Start you project out by purling all the stitches in the first row.

The second row starts with a four stitch decrease/increase pattern; purl the first three stitches together and then knit one, purl one, knit one in the next stitch. Keep repeating this pattern until you come to the last three stitches and purl all three together.

The third row, is pretty straightforward, purl all stitches.

The fourth row is the last in the pattern, starting with a four stitch repeat, increase/decrease; begin by knitting one, purling one, knitting one in the first stitch, then purl the next three stitches together. Keep repeating this until you arrive at the last stitch, and make a double increase using the knit one, purl one, knit one.

Once you have completed row four, continue repeating rows one till four until you have the desired size.

Difficulty Level:

Intermediate Knitting Stitch

Cast on:

Cast on in multiples of 4 + 3 stitches.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:


Traditional Instructions

Row 1: p all stitches.
Row 2: *p3tog, (k1, p1, k1) into next st; repeat from * till last 3 stitches, p3tog.
Row 3: p all stitches.
Row 4: *(k1, p1, k1) into next st, p3tog; repeat from * till last stitch, (k1, p1, k1) into next st.

Repeat rows 1-4 to desired length.

Trinity Stitch Chart

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Trinity Stitch Swatch Example

Trinity Stitch Example - Right Side

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Trinity Stitch Example - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the Trinity Stitch

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