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June 16, 2013

It looks woven, but it’s really loom knit! Sisal and Seagrass Stitches

I love learning new stitch patterns on my knitting loom. I designed the Sisal and Seagrass stitches. Both stitch patterns have a woven look with a rich texture that will give your next scarf, cowl or hat a unique design.

(And I’ve even got pattern links below that showcase these stitches.)

UPDATE (March, 2019): I’m adding tutorial videos and patterns for the Sisal and Seagrass stitches. Keep an eye on this page for updates!

I spent a good deal of time researching to see if these stitch patterns already existed. After searching the internet, knitting books and speaking with a few yarn shop owners and knitting instructors I was excited to learn that I really had designed some new stitches!

Both the Sisal and Seagrass stitches are simple to loom knit. They combine a bind off with an ewrap yarnover to give the fabric an open texture. The Sisal Stitch uses this technique on every row creating the illusion of a woven fabric. The Seagrass Stitch alternates the bind off-yarnover row with a knit row breaking up the pattern and creating it’s own unique texture. Each one is a multiple of 2+2 with a 2 row repeat. What does that mean, you ask?

It’s pretty simple actually, but if you’re not familiar with knitting terminology it can be confusing. When a stitch pattern is a multiple of 2 that means that you repeat the same pattern instructions every two stitches. On a knitting loom that means that you will work the stitch pattern over two pegs. The +2 that we tack onto the end of “multiple of 2 +2” just means that we also need two “extra” stitches that are not part of the stitch pattern. In this case these are edge stitches on either side and allow you to create a smooth edge.

See what I made with the Sisal and Seagrass Stitches!

I loom knit this Bento Box Scarf alternating both the Sisal and Seagrass stitches. This was knit on the KB 28″ Knitting Board with peg extenders using 168 pegs. I loom knit it along the width of the loom and it came out to 55″ long.

sisal and seagrass stitches shown combined in scarf

I’ve got the stitch patterns written out below for you. To really see the texture of the stitch pattern I recommend using a solid colored yarn in your projects. (I know, I know! I didn’t do that with the scarf above. That’s how I know you should.) Please feel free to use these new stitches in your own designs and projects!


Sisal Stitch Pattern

sisal and seagrass: sisal stitch pattern close up

Multiple of 2 +2
Number of rows to repeat: 2

ABBREVIATIONS

BO = Bind off – Knit Peg 1, knit Peg 2, move 2 onto 1 and knit off (bottom loop over top).
EWYO = EWrap Yarnover – Ewrap the empty peg.  [NOTE: Peg must be Ewrapped to set up the stitch correctly.  Do not use a yarnover that wraps only the front of the peg.]
K = Uwrap knit
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
Sl = Slip Stitch – Skip the peg.
St(s) = Stitch(es)

NOTES

This stitch pattern when used alone requires a foundation row of knit stitches. Do not use this stitch pattern directly after casting on. If you are incorporating this stitch pattern into another project you may begin with Row 1 if the previous row was all knit.

Foundation row: K all.
Row 1: Sl 1, *BO 1, EWYO rep from * to last stitch.  K1.
Row 2: Rep Row 1

Rep Rows 1-2 for stitch pattern.

If finishing a project with this stitch you will also need to knit a final row before bind off. Knit Row 3 listed below before binding off.

Row 3: Sl 1, K rem sts

PIN IT!

Sisal and Seagrass stitches Sisal Stitch Pin Image on loom

Patterns using the Sisal Stitch!

sisal and seagrass: sisal cowl
sisal and seagrass: sisal scarf

Sisal Stitch Tutorial Video:


Seagrass Stitch Pattern

sisal and seagrass: seagrass stitch closeup

Multiple of 2 +2
Number of rows to repeat: 2

ABBREVIATIONS

BO = Bind off – Knit Peg 1, knit Peg 2, move 2 onto 1 and knit off (bottom loop over top).
EWYO = EWrap Yarnover – Ewrap the empty peg.  [NOTE: Peg must be Ewrapped to set up the stitch correctly.  Do not use a yarnover that wraps only the front of the peg.]
K = Uwrap knit
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
Sl = Slip Stitch – Skip the peg.
St(s) = Stitch(es)

Foundation Row: K all.
Row 1 Sl 1, *BO1, EWYO rep from * to last stitch, K1.
Row 2 K all.
Repeat Rows 1-2

The Seagrass Stitch is unique because it can slant to the right or left depending on the direction you knit. In the round this creates a gentle spiral look. As a flat panel you can create either a straight panel OR a zig zag panel by switching directions! You can see all three sample below.

sisal and seagrass: seagrass stitch in the round and flat panel comparison

PIN IT!

New stitches sisal and seagrass Seagrass PIN image

Patterns using the Seagrass Stitch!

sisal and seagrass: seagrass slouchy hat image

Seagrass Stitch Video:


I hope you enjoy these new stitch patterns. Please post your comments below. I’d love to see your test swatches and designs! Please share you projects on social media and tag me with #goodknitkisses!

Happy Knitting!
Kristen Mangus of GoodKnit Kisses
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Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
12 Comments
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    These stitches are beautiful as is the scarves. I look forward to trying these out. I’m new to knitting and cannot read a pattern to save myself. Watching a video will help a lot.

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    I am confused. The video shows the Seagrass pattern repeating Row 2 as Row 1, and then to knit Row 3. But, in the written pattern above the video. It says to knit row 2. What is the right repeat for the rows?

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    I would love a loom along tutorial for this scarf! I am new to loom knitting and looking for new and exciting patterns, but some written patterns are a little confusing. This scarf is beautiful and I would love to make it for myself and as gifts. 🙂

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    Kristen, this would make a wonderful video for those of us that still have problems reading patterns..it is sooo pretty!!

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    Shenik, I think you could. just use the right yarn for the peg gauge you use.

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    Can this be done on a martha stewart loom?

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    Wow, can’t wait for the pattern!!!

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    Love it! Can’t wait to use it for something. 😉

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    Home run again!! Can’t wait to get my hands on the pattern. simply gorgeous!

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