Yesterday I played with Red Heart Dreamy Stripes using bi-directional herringbone stitch, it offered quite an effect! I’ll play some more using the fleck stitch this time.
Interrupting the colors in a painted yarn like Red Heart Super Saver Pooling is a design strategy I like to use to make strands of one color lay across one of the others. The fleck stitch does this very well.
To make the fleck stitch, one starts with 2 stitches and ends with 3. Naturally, repeating this across a row would increase the stitch count substantially. To combat this, bunny ear decreases (I talked about a version of these in my post, Bunny Ear decreases…) are needed to return the stitch count back to normal.
How to work the fleck stitch
- Bring yarn over the top of the right-hand needle and then back down between the needles to the back of the work.
- Insert the tip of the right-hand needle into the front leg of the next stitch, knit the stitch but don’t slide it off the left-hand needle.
- Bring the yarn forward, insert the right-hand needle back into the same stitch and then into the back leg of the next stitch and knit them together and slide off the left-hand needle.
- Take that first yarn over, it’s the fourth stitch on the right-hand needle, and pass it over all the first 3 stitches.
How to work the bunny ear decrease
- Insert the right-hand needle into the next 2 stitches as if to knit them together through the front legs.
- Wrap the yarn and bring it up between the first and second front legs.
- Slide everything off the left-hand needle.
- Knit the next st, then take the dropped leg, which now looks like an obvious diagonal strand and pass it over the first 2 stitches on the right-hand needle.
I had to experiment with how frequently I worked the textured rows, so you may notice some sections of the swatch have more rows of stockinette stitch in between. I still can’t decide which one I like better, so I’ll let you choose.
Fleck Stitch Pattern
K=knit; p=purl; fle-st = fleck stitch; b-ears = bunny ear decrease; sl = slip 1 purlwise; rep = repeat; RS = right side.
With US8 [5mm] needles, cast on a multiple of 5 stitches, plus 6. There are 51 stitches on this swatch.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Sl 1, k2, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: Sl 1, k2, *fle-st, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3—the stitch count will increase by the number of times you repeat the fleck stitch.
Row 4: Sl 1, k2, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 5: Sl 1, k2, *k3, b-ears; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3—the stitch count returns to the original.
Row 6: Rep Row 4.
Row 7: Sl 1, k2, *k3, fle-st; rep from * across to last 3 sts, k3—stitch count increases by number of motif repeats.
Row 8: Rep Row 4.
Row 9: Sl 1, k2, *b-ears, k3; rep from * across to last 3 sts, k3—stitch count back to original.
Row 10: Rep Row 4.
Rep rows 3-10 for pattern.
If you want to work two rows of stockinette between rows 6 and 7, that’s also a possibility.
When the piece is almost square, end with a RS row. Then knit 2 rows. Then with the WS facing bind off as follows: [P2tog, slip stitch back to left-hand needle] rep between [ ] across.
I hope you try this fun fleck stitch in Super Saver Pooling soon. Let me know what you think! join me tomorrow for another fun knitting stitch pattern!
This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Bi-directional herringbone stitch knitted in Dreamy Stripes
Go to part 3: Flared Diamonds knit in Super Saver Fair Isle
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