Alternating Slip Stitch Knitting Pattern
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How to Knit the Alternating Slip Stitch Pattern + video

Today, I’m sharing how to knit the adorable Alternating Slip Stitch pattern.

Although it’s similar to the Grass stitch we practiced some weeks ago, I’d say this design is even more special…


Well, the reason is simple:

When knitting three stitches together, we highlight some of the columns of knitted stitches, creating an eye-catching fabric.

On another note, the Alternating Slip Stitch Pattern, is pretty easy to make.

Its eight rows involves a short repeat, and the rows are virtually similar (2-3 steps that will be repeated throughout the work).

I’m sure you’ll memorize it quickly, and that you’ll have fun knitting accessories, sweaters or cardigans.

However, this pattern tends to curl at the bottom, and the sides look a bit irregular.

So, if you’re looking to make a garment that should stay flat, think of adding a nice edge on each side of the piece.

Having said that, it’s time to knit!

Grab your needles and some yarn, and let’s get busy 🙂


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

wyif: With yarn in front 

sl1pw: Slip one stitch purlwise (pass it onto the right-hand needle as if to purl)

sl2pw: Slip two stitches purlwise (pass them onto the right-hand needle as if to purl)

k3tog: Knit three stitches together

P: Purl

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work

This swatch was knitted with a cotton yarn blend (light, super smooth, DK weight) #ad

Alternating Slip Stitch Knitting

And my pointy bamboo dpn’s (perfect for small projects, swatches, and hats, socks, or even sleeves) #ad

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Notes Before Starting

The odd rows form the right side of the work.

Always slip the stitches as if to purl.

Don’t forget the final yarn over when knitting row 6!

Alternating Slip Stitch Knitting Pattern

CO an even number of stitches.

Row 1 (RS):K2, *wyif sl1pw, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Row 2: P1, *wyif sl2pw, yo, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, P1

Row 3: K2, *k3tog, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Rows 4 and 8: P across

Row 5: K1, *wyif sl1pw, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1

Row 6: P1, *P1, wyif sl2pw, yo*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, P1

Row 7: K1, *k3tog, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1.

These eight rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished, BO purlwise, after row 3 or after row 7 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

Alternating Slip Stitch Knit

Enjoy the step by step video tutorial:

How to Knit the Alternating Slip Stitch

Thank you for watching, and remember, sharing is caring!

A big hug, and happy knitting,

Carolina – So Woolly

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