Well, it would appear that Spring has well and truly sprung here in North East Scotland.

Right now we have wall to wall blue skies and sunshine. I’m sitting writing this with the windows of my home office wide open and all I can hear is the sound of birdsong and the odd dog barking somewhere far into the distance. Both my dogs are happily snoozing in the sunshine.

Life is good!

Knotted Openwork Stitch

I posted this photo to Instagram a couple of days ago. It’s a little square that I’m knitting for a knitted throw and it’s been incredibly popular. I managed to get just the right light to show off the stitches clearly and the colour of the wool looks amazing even though I say it myself. And, as several people have said they would like to try knitting this stitch, I thought I would just put the pattern on here.

The stitch is the Knotted Openwork Stitch and it really is a lovely stitch to knit. It’s just 4 simple rows repeated over and over and, once you get into the rhythm, it’s really easy to remember. It knits up absolutely beautifully and it would be useful for so many products not least scarves, headbands and, as someone suggested, a bulky cowl. I may give that a go actually.

So, as requested, here’s the pattern.

Knotted Openwork Stitch


K – knit

P – purl

yfd – yarn forward


Cast on the required number of stitches (multiples of three)

Row 1 (ws): P all stitches to end

Row 2: K2, *yfd, K3, slip the first of the 3 stitches over the other 2; repeat from * to last stitch, K1

Row 3: P to end

Row 4: K1, *K3, slip the first of the 3 stitches over the other 2, yfd; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, K2

These 4 rows form the pattern. Continue until you reach the required length for your project. Make sure you finish on either a 2nd or 4th row. Cast off purlwise.

And that’s all there is to it. As long as you remember the yfd each time, you should be fine.

As always, if you get stuck, let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out.

If you make something using this stitch, even if it’s just a square, let me know. You can tag me on Instagram (@cupcakesandcadenzas) or you can let me know through the Cupcakes and Cadenzas Facebook Page. Otherwise, just let me know in the comments below.

Above all else though…have fun!

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