Wasp Nest Stitch
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How to Knit the Wasp Nest Stitch: Free Pattern + Video

In today’s tutorial, I’m sharing how to knit the Wasp Nest Stitch, step by step (some knitters also call it Honeycomb).

It’s an eight-row repeat pattern, full of texture, perfect for blankets, sweaters, and hats, among other knitting projects.

Although the Wasp Nest doesn’t look like a cable pattern, it requires the same technique: 

We have to cross stitches (only in 2 rows for this pattern), to create the right/left leaning stitches, that form the little nests.

To do that, we’ll use a third needle of the same size, cable needle, stitch holder, or even a Bobby Pin (a hairpin) #ad

Whatever works for you.

Honestly, I prefer something short, because it makes the job a lot easier… A Bobby Pin would be my choice.

Enough chatting; grab your needles and some yarn, and let’s get busy 🙂

(And don’t forget to take a look at my favorite tips when knitting cables, so you always succeed).

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Wasp Nest Stitch Knitting


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side

K: Knit

P: Purl

C4B (Cable 4 Back): Slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle, and hold at back of work. K2 from the left-hand needle, and K2 from the cable needle

C4F (Cable 4 Front): Slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle, and hold at front of work. K2 from the left-hand needle, and K2 from the cable needle

BO: Bind off

Notes Before Starting

If you like to have edge/selvage stitches, add 2 stitches to your calculations because they’re not included in the pattern.

The odd rows form the right side of the work.

In the video tutorial, I worked 3 rows in Garter stitch (knitting every row), to make a bottom edge.

Wasp Nest Stitch Knitting Pattern

CO multiples of 8. For example 8 * 3 = 24 sts.

Row 1 (RS): *C4B, C4F*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Row 2 and every even row: P across

Rows 3 and 7: K across

Row 5: *C4F, C4B*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Row 8: P across.

These 8 rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached. 

Please note that we have to repeat the pattern at least 3 times to better appreciate the design.

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

This is the other side of the work:

Wasp Nest Stitch Knit

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to Knit the Wasp Nest Stitch

Thank you for watching, and don’t forget to share the love <3

Hugs, and happy knitting,

Carolina – So Woolly

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