How to knit the Hurdle stitch pattern
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How to knit the Hurdle stitch (4 rows beginner-friendly!)

Today, I’m sharing how to knit another classic of the knitting world: The Hurdle Stitch.

It’s a four-row repeat pattern, two of which are plain knit rows, so it’s super easy to knit and memorize.

In addition, the other two rows combine knit and purl stitches, so it doesn’t curl! The Hurdle stitch lays flat no matter what 🙂

Moreover, is a little bit stretchy, yet firm and spongy at the same time, and it’s reversible! 

Yep, both sides look identical.

Last but not least, you can use it for all kinds of projects: From socks, hats, gloves, or mittens, to blankets, sweaters, or cardigans, including home accessories (dishcloths, cushions, placemats, etc.)

Ok, grab your needles and some yarn, and let’s knit a lovely swatch!


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work


The odd rows form the right side of the work.

There are no selvage (edge) stitches. If you prefer to have them, add two stitches to your calculations.

This swatch was knitted using 100% wool yarn (soft, durable, and machine washable) #ad

How to knit the Hurdle stitch 4 rows (reversible and doesn't curl!). So Woolly.

With my US 8 / 5 mm extra long bamboo needles (this set contains 18 sizes) #ad

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How to knit the Hurdle stitch pattern

CO an odd number of st.

1º row (RS): *K1, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1

2º row: P1, *K1, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

3º row and 4º rows: K across

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

When finished, BO knitwise, after row 3 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

How to knit the Hurdle stitch pattern (identical on both sides and lays flat). So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Hurdle stitch (4 rows only!)

Thank you for watching 🙂

Hugs, and happy knitting,

Carolina – So Woolly

PS: If you love the super easy knit and purl stitch patterns, click here for more!

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