How to knit the Estonian Braid one row technique
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How to knit the Estonian Braid: A one-row technique

In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit the Estonian Braid, step by step (just because sometimes we get bored of knitting the same 1 x 1 or 2 x 2 classic ribbing, don’t we?).

This is an ancient technique used in Eastern Europe to embellish the ribbing of hats, sweaters, and gloves/mittens. It works as an eye-catching border between the rib and the rest of the garment.

The Estonian Braid is easy to make, it’s a one row technique that involves knitting and slipping stitches, it gives a more stylish look to your knitting work. 

Wish to highlight it even more? Do it twice, or in a different color!

Let’s get started!

Estonian Braid knitting technique, step by step. Pattern and video tutorial by So Woolly.

How to knit the Estonian Braid

We need to work over an even number of stitches, facing the right side of the piece, once you finished the ribbing.

Insert the right-hand needle between the first and the second stitch, knit one, knit the first stitch, and then place that stitch back onto the left-hand needle.

*Knit the second stitch (from right to left) through the back loop, don’t drop it, and knit the first stitch as usual.

Drop those two stitches off the left-hand needle, and pass the first stitch from the right-hand needle, back onto the left-hand needle*.

Repeat from * to *, to the end.

Now we purl the next row, and make another Estonian Braid on the following row, or start knitting the main stitch chosen for your project.

This is the wrong side of the work:

Knitting patterns and techniques explained step by step. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

I hope you like it, and don’t forget to share your swatch on Instagram and tag or mention me (@sowoolly), so we can all see it!

Hugs and happy knitting 🙂


Carolina – So Woolly

PS: Looking for innovative rib stitch patterns? Please take a look:

Feather Rib stitch

Broken Rib stitch

Lace Rib stitch 

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