Stitch School: Raspberry stitch with Anna Nikipirowicz
It’s fun to make time to learn a new stitch! This week, Anna Nikipirowicz shows you how to work the raspberry stitch, richly textural and perfect for accessories!
The raspberry stitch is a great way of adding dimension and texture to your knitting. It is an easily memorised stitch that works up pretty fast! Its bobble texture resembling a raspberry bush (get it?!) is perfect for blankets, scarves or cowls.
Any yarn is suitable for raspberry stitch, in this tutorial I’m using Cascade 220 aran and 5 mm (US 8/UK 6) knitting needles.
K – knit
P3tog – purl three together
P – purl
RS – right side
The stitch is worked over a multiples of 4 stitches, for this sample I have cast on 20 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): Purl to end.
Row 2: *p3tog, (k1, p1, k1) all into next stitch; rep from * to end.
Row 3: Purl to end.
Row 4: *(k1, p1, k1) all into next stitch, p3tog; rep from * to end.
Rows 1 to 4 form the pattern.
On my swatches I have left the edges quite raw as I quite like them like that, however if you would like them to be a bit neater just add 1 stitch at the beginning and end, then on rows 1 and 3 purl those additional stitches and on rows 2 and 4 knit them.
Let me show you how to work the more difficult stitches:
P3tog – is a 2 stitch decrease and is worked by purling next 3 stitches. Make sure your yarn is at the front of work, insert your needle into next 3 stitches as if to purl (pic below) then purl all those stitches as one.
(k1, p1, k1) all into next stitch – this is a 2 stitch increase which can be a bit fiddly.
With yarn at the back of work, insert your needle into next stitch as if to knit, knit this stitch but do not slip the stitch off the left hand needle.
Move your yarn to the front of work and purl the same stitch, again, do not slip it off.
Move your yarn to the back of work and knit this stitch once more, now you can slip the stitch off the left hand needle.
Your increase should look like this.
When you finish rows 1 and 2 of pattern, your work should look like this:
After all 4 rows are completed:
Continue repeating the pattern until you have reached the desired length, then cast off as normal.
These swatches done in festive colours make fantastic little coasters, by adding 4 stitches to your pattern repeat you can make them as big as you like. They are also ideal for making a blanket, just make lots of them in different colours and sew together.
Have you tried raspberry stitch? We’d love to see your knitting in our Community feed!
Last updated: January 4th, 2017.