Criss-cross Stitch

This is a very old friend. When I read the description of how it was done, I didn’t even recall this stitch. But then some kind of muscle memory took over and I remembered using it, long ago, in who knows what. It is a two row repeat, worked on an even number of stitches.  Row 1: knit 1, * slip one (as if to purl), knit one, pass slip stitch over (but leave it on the left needle and knit into the back of it) *, repeat from * to *, knit one. Row 2: *purl 2 together (don’t slip it off the left needle), purl again through the first stitch*, repeat from * to * across row.

What moved this stitch out of the memory banks and into my hands, is my current project: Chris de Longpre’s “Wrap Me Up.” This Knitting at Knoon pattern is great fun. It’s basically a stitch sampler shawl, with each new block knitted on to completed ones.  Block 13 is knitted in criss-cross stitch.  I’m using size 4 needles and three complementary colored variegated Opal 6 ply sock yarn.  Mine will be a scarf instead of a shawl.  Here’s how the criss-cross block knits up. Obviously, it’s the herringbone stitch on the right side:

There wasn’t much out on the net demonstrating this stitch. With Steve’s help, I’ve posted my first YouTube video. Some of it came out fairly nice. The audio is not too bad  The demo of the knit side works. As for the purl side–you’ll be able to follow it, despite my best efforts to keep ducking my knitting out of camera range. Who knew I purled with such rhythmic enthusiasm. Feel free to critique the video. If you haven’t yet tried this stitch, it creates a very firm fabric.  If you aren’t easily bored, a narrow strip of it could turn into a nifty necktie.

The video:

11 thoughts on “Criss-cross Stitch

  1. @ Pip…thanks much for watching. It’s the first video I’ve done–I’ll get better at it over time.

  2. Thanks so much for the video. I am a relatively new knitter who has been sailing along happily knitting the “Wrap Me Up’ Shawl until this block. Your video saved me! And so lovely that you could show it finished in the same shawl. Cheers!

  3. Thank you so much. I, too, was sailing along on the Wrap Me Up until I reached Block 13. You saved me! And your video is excellent!!

  4. Hi,

    I was stuck as well and thought I would find something helpful on Ravelry. Your video is great. I am now ready to do block 13.

  5. @dodesose…you are so welcome. Next time I do a video, I’ll try to it the stitch more slowly!

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