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.