I saw the horizontal herringbone stitch pattern in the book, “750 Knitting Stitches: The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible,” and I wanted to use this stitch pattern for a knitting project. I looked online for a tutorial for this stitch pattern and saw a similar yet different stitch pattern with the same name.
Puzzled I decided to knit up two swatches and compare these two stitch patterns.
Yarn used: Yarnspiration™ Patons Classic Wool
For both the swatches I cast on 40 stitches with US #8 knitting needles and knit the two stitch pattern for 28 rows. On the 29th row, I bound off using the knit stitch.
|Swatch 1||Swatch 2|
|Stitch Pattern||Row 1: Knit 1, * slip one, knit 1 then pass the slipped stitch over but before dropping the stitch off the needle knit through the back of the slipped stitch; repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1 |
Row 2: *Purl 2 together but purl the first stitch again before dropping it off the needle; repeat from* to end of the row. (1)
|Row 1:*Knit 2 together through the back loop but drop only the first stitch off the left hand needle; repeat from * to the last stitch, knit 1 through the back loop,|
Row 2: *Purl 2 together dropping only the first stitch; repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1. (2)
|Stitch type||Slipped and twisted stitch||Twisted stitch|
|The knitting experience||The twisted and slipped stitch caused more hand fatigue and I had to take breaks before continuing to knit this stitch pattern. ||The twisted stitch caused some hand fatigue but not as much as Swatch 1. (I have mentioned the problem of hand fatigue with twisted stitches in a previous blog post)|
|The Knitted Item||The knitted swatch is not as dense as Swatch 2, it’s has more drape and lays flat. Blocked it’s slightly larger than the Swatch 2. (see images below)||Very dense fabric with compact stitches. It curls up a lot compared to Swatch 1 when unblocked. A bit smaller than Swatch 1. The reverse side looks very different from the Swatch 1. (see images below)|
(1): Stitch pattern from the book “750 Knitting Stitches: The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible” page 48
(2): Tutorial by Very pink: Fancy Stitch Combos – Sideways/Horizontal Herringbone
The names for these two stitch patterns are used interchangeably. Swatch 1 is sometimes called an alternate Herringbone stitch and Swatch 2 the Sideways Herringbone stitch. I like both stitch patterns and after comparing the two swatches I know what types of knitting projects I can knit using these stitch patterns. As for the swatches, I added a single crochet edging and will be using them as potholders.