How to knit Trinity Stitch, Knitting Stitches

You know the feeling of dejavu you get when you see, smell or experience something? That's exactly how I feel when I knit the trinity stitch again.

Many years ago, as a junior in school, we had to knit a hanger cover. Mine was a dark teal colour, can you guess? Yeap, in trinity stitch.

Do I have to say more? If teachers reckon a young child can master the pattern, it is worth the try.


Have a look at the image below - isn't it lovely?

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more about the trinity stitch

I have not come across another knitting stitch with so many different names.

You might know it as the Raspberry, Blackberry, Cluster or the Bramble stitch, but the most common names are the Trinity and Raspberry stitch.

It looks like a small fruit - or is my affection for this stitch too much!

The pattern is knit over 4 rows.

One knits the pattern stitch on the wrong side of the knitting project.  Don't start knitting and think, where on earth are the bumps - they will be hiding at the back.


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  • Knitting Needles (I used 4mm, 6US, 8UK)
  • Elle Double Knit (DK) yarn / Light worsted yarn

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K        - knit

p3tog - purl 3 stitches together

rep     - repeat

rs       - right side

st       - stitch

ws      - wrong side

Explaining K1, P1, K1 in the same stitch:

  1. Insert your right needle into the first stitch on the left needle;
  2. and knit the stitch without passing it to the right needle;
  3. yarn forward and purl in the stitch again;
  4. yarn backwards and knit in the stitch;
  5. then pass the stitch = 3 stitches to the right needle.

the pattern - trinity STITCH


Cast on multiples of 4 stitches + 2 - my sample shown is worked over 30 stitches.

1st   Row (WS) and all other wrong side rows: purl;

2nd  Row (RS):  k1 *p3 tog, (k1, p1, k1 into same st); rep from * across, ending with k1;

3rd  Row:  purl;

4th  Row:  K1B *(k1, p1, k1 into same st), p3 tog; rep from * ending with k1.

Repeat the pattern (these 4 rows) until your work is the desired length.

where to use the trinity stitch

  • Scarves/Cowls - try alternating colors!
  • Hats 
  • Throws
  • Wearable items
  • Home articles
  • Bathmats
  • Hanger covers

happy knitting!

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