How to knit the Mermaid stitch pattern
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit the Mermaid stitch pattern: Perfect for blankets, blankies, binkies etc…

In this tutorial, you’ll learn the Mermaid knitting stitch pattern: A charming stitch (it has a rich nubbly texture to it, similar to another old favorite the Edelweiss stitch which we practiced some time ago), extraordinary as well as easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I think it’s the perfect stitch for a bag, a cushion or a blanket… something large enough to appreciate the entire pattern with both your eyes and your hands.

What’s more, if you prefer a scarf, please don’t forget to include a nice edge on each side of the piece, trust me it really makes a difference.

The Mermaid knitting stitch is a 12 row-repeat pattern, however, the good news is:

All even rows are purl to end

Rows 1 and 3, and then 7 and 9 are exactly the same.

Therefore, there is very little to memorize! Yay!

This swatch was made out of 100% cotton yarn (one of my favorites, because of the vibrant color palette and its lovely texture) #ad

Mermaid knitting stitch pattern step-by step, tutorial for beginners. So Woolly.

In addition, I used these dpn’s US 7 (4.5 mm), great for knitting swatches especially, because they are pointy, and short enough to be carried everywhere! #ad


CO: Cast on

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

k3tog: Knit three stitches together

BO: Bind off

N.B.: We’ll start knitting a set up row, or “0 row”, how I like to call it. This row will be done just once, it won’t be repeated again.

How to knit the Mermaid stitch pattern

CO multiples 4 + 3, i.e.: 4 * 3 = 12 + 3 = 15 stitches.

Set up row (row 0): P across

1º and 3º rows: K2 *bring the yarn forward, slip 3 stitches purlwise, bring the yarn to the back, K1*. Repeat from * to * to last st, K1.

2º and every even row: P across.

5º row: K3 *k3tog using the 2 strands or bars from the previous rows, along with the next st, K3*. Repeat from * to * to end.

7º and 9º rows: K3 *K1, *bring the yarn forward, slip 3 stitches purlwise, bring the yarn to the back*. Repeat from * to * to last 4 st, K4.

11º row: K2 *K3, k3tog using the 2 strands or bars from the previous rows, along with the next st*. Repeat from * to * to last 2 st, K2.

12º row: P across.

These last 12 rows form the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished, BO purlwise after a row 11.

This is the wrong side of the work:

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Enjoy the video:

Mermaid knitting stitch pattern

I hope you like it, my little Woolly!

Hugs and happy knitting 😀


Carolina – So Woolly

PS: Don’t forget to share your projects and swatches on Instagram, and mention me (@sowoolly), so we can see them 😉

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