The Wild Oats Stitch is an interesting cross between a Cables & Twist Stitch & a Slip Stitch.
The stitch gives a softly contoured pattern with a low relief, producing a less “in-your-face” more subtle texture.
The effect is created by slipping stitches purlwise a couple of rows followed by a row of cable stitches.
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Cast on any multiple of four plus one stitches for your project.
Start the first row with a four stitch repeat; knitting one, then slip one purlwise, then knitting one. Keep repeating this pattern until you reach the last stitch and knit one.
The second row begins by purling one, then entering a four stitch repeat; purl one, then slip one stitch purlwise and then purl two. Repeat this until you reach the end of the row.
The third row introduces some cabling. Start a four stitch repeat by slipping two stitches onto the cable needle and place it at the back of the work. Knit the slip stitch from two rows previous. Then knit the two stitches on the cable, knit one more. Continue repeating this until the last stitch and knit it.
Purl all stitches in the fourth row. For the fifth and sixth rows, repeat rows one and two.
The seventh-row starts by knitting one before entering the repeat. Begin the repeat by knitting one, then put the slip stitch on your cable needle and leave at the front of the work. Knit two, then knit the slip stitch from the cable needle. Again, for the eighth-row, purl all the stitches.
Once you have completed row eight, continue repeating rows 1-8 until you have the desired size.
Rows 1 & 5: *k2, sl1 p-wise, k1; repeat from * till the last stitch, k1.
Rows 2 & 6: p1, *p1, sl1 p-wise, p2; repeat from * till the end of the row.
Row 3: *C3B, k sl stitch from two rows previous, k2 from cable, k1; repeat from * till the last stitch, k1.
Rows 4 & 8: p all stitches.
Rows 7: k1, *k1, C3F, put slip stitch on cable, k2, k from cable needle; repeat from * till the end of the row.
Repeat rows 1-8 to desired length.