Indian Pillar Stitch
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How to Knit the Indian Pillar Stitch (2-row-repeat + video)

Indian Pillar Stitch: A reversible textured knitting pattern

Today, I’m sharing how to knit the infamous Indian Pillar Stitch.

It’s a delicate two-row repeat pattern, easy and fun to make, ideal for a Summer scarf, for example. 


Well, the answer is simple!

The Indian Pillar Stitch looks pretty on both sides, and it doesn’t curl 😉

Furthermore, it’ll look great on a seasonal top, cardigan, or sweater; you could use it as the main pattern…

Or you can use it for a central panel like I did when designing my Tank Top.

However, take the following tips when considering knitting this pattern:

First, use bigger needles: Go up at least 2 mm.

For example,  for my swatch, I used 6.5 mm needles (normally, for that yarn, I knit with 4.5 mm needles).

Last but not least, keep in mind that when knitting/purling 2-3 or more stitches together, sharp tip needles are a must.

Without a doubt, they’ll save you time, effort, and maybe some tears!

This swatch was knitted using 100% cotton yarn (soft and sleek) #ad

Indian Pillar Stitch

And again, don’t forget how helpful pointy needles can be (these are my favorites!) #ad

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CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

wyif: With yarn in front

wyib: With yarn in back

p3tog: Purl three stitches together

k3tog: Knit three stitches together

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work

Before Starting:

1.- The even rows form the right side of the work.

2.- There are no selvage (edge) stitches included; if you like to have them, add two stitches to your calculation.

How to Knit the Indian Pillar Stitch

CO multiples of 4 + 3. For example: 4 * 3 = 12 + 3 = 15 sts.

Row 1 (WS): P across

2º row: K2, *p3tog, don’t take them off, wyib k3tog, don’t take them off, wyif p3tog, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1.

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

How to Bind Off or cast off

When finished, BO purlwise after row 2 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

Indian Pillar Stitch

Enjoy the video tutorial:

Indian Pillar Stitch in English and Continental Styles

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

A big hug, and happy knitting!

Carolina – So Woolly

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