How to Knit Woolen Stitch, a slip stitch pattern

Using a slip stitch in any knitting stitch pattern creates an interesting texture. Try to knit woolen stitch, and you'll be amazed at:

  • How easy it knits; and how
  • amazingly soft but thick the fabric is.

How to knit Woolen Stitch a knitting stitch pattern using a slip stitch. Pattern on  How to Knit Woolen Stitch, a slip stitch pattern

knit woolen stitch, a knitting stitch pattern, using a slip stitch

materials needed:

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

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knitting techniques used:

  • Casting on stitches
  • How to make a knit stitch
  • How to slip a stitch (purlwise unless otherwise)
  • Casting off stitches

skill level:


Look, it can be intimidating to start something new.  And knitting a slip stitch pattern for the first time, feels kind of  'off'.  

What I mean is, you're suppose to knit or purl to create your stitch pattern and now you're being told to slip a stitch and it will create a certain effect.

But honestly, it is just purling without the yarn (as you will be slipping purlwise).

notes on knitting woolen stitch

All stitches will be slipped purlwise, with the working yarn at the back of your work.

Don't think that the yarn 'hanging' at the back of your work is a mistake, it happens because you don't knit (or purl) the previous stitches.  


k     - knit

p    -  purl

sl     - slip

st    - stitch

sts   - stitches

Knit Woolen Stitch pattern on  How to Knit Woolen Stitch, a slip stitch pattern

knitting pattern instructions

knit woolen stitch:

Cast on stitches in multiples of 4 sts. (I casted on 32sts for the sample)

Knit as follows:-

Row 1      - *k2, slip the next 2sts with the yarn in the back (remember to slip purlwise); repeat from *across.

2nd Row   - *p2, k2*; repeat from *across.

3rd Row - *k1, slip the next 2sts with the yarn in back(purlwise), k1; repeat from *across. In the sequence of knitting, you'll be k1, slip2, k2, slip2....until the  last stitch, and k1.

4th Row     - *k2, p2; repeat from *across. 

Repeat Rows 1 to 4 for the pattern.

Knit your project the desired length.

Cast off and weave in ends.

to wrap it up:

When I was knitting this up, I started of not noticing the k1 after the slip2 stitches in row 3.  Your pattern will look totally different from the real woolen stitch.

Happy knitting

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