Herringbone Knit Stitch Pattern

A Classic, Textural Knitting Pattern

Herringbone Stitch
Herringbone Stitch worked over 22 stitches. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

The Herringbone is a fun and classic knitting stitch pattern that you will definitely want to add to your library. It's a simple pattern that resembles herringbone fabric and tile patterns with stacks of diagonal lines and Vs running up the knitted fabric.

You can use this stitch pattern for a variety of projects. It is one-sided but doesn't look worse than Stockinette Stitch on the wrong side, so it can work for scarves and blankets as well. It also has a scalloped edge at the beginning, which is a nice decorative touch.

Herringbone Stitch Pattern

The Herringbone is a relatively easy pattern, there's one tricky stitch that may catch you by surprise at first. It's used as an increase and sounds really strange and difficult, but after a row or so you will have it down.

Tip: Don't even try to figure it out without needles in your hand and let it scare you off from this pattern. Simply trust the pattern to guide you through that second row.

Works on multiples of 7 stitches plus 1. For instance, to repeat the pattern three times, cast on 22 stitches.

Rows 1 and 3 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 2: *Knit 2 together, knit 2; place the point of the right-hand needle behind the left-hand needle and put the point of the right-hand needle through the top of the stitch below the stitch on the needle, from the top down, and knit, then knit the stitch above; knit 2. Repeat from * across, ending knit 1.

Row 4: Knit 1, *knit 2, increase as indicated above, knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * across.

Repeat these rows for the pattern.

How to Make a Scarf or Afghan With Two Scalloped Ends

Knitting patterns with scalloped ends are great. It's a naturally formed decorative touch that really adds style to the pattern but it often comes with one problem: the bottom edge of the pattern will scallop and the top will not.

If you want to make a scarf, afghan, or a similar project, having only one scalloped end can look a little lop-sided. It often perplexes knitters and can be disappointing when you finish a scarf and the end looks nothing like the beginning.

The trick is to actually knit two pieces! 

  1. Knit half of your scarf in the Herringbone pattern and slip those stitches onto a stitch holder, spare needle, or scrap piece of yarn. 
  2. Knit a second scarf of the same length in the same pattern and yarn.
  3. Use the Kitchener Stitch to graft the two scarf pieces together to create one scarf.

If you prefer, you can also bind off the two scarf pieces and use the Mattress Stitch to join them without a seam.

This trick will work on any one-scalloped stitch pattern and it doesn't have to be exactly half of your scarf (though this typically hides the seam behind the neck). As long as you can hide the seam with either Kitchener or Mattress, you can knit a smaller scallop edge with just a few pattern repeats and attach it to the longer piece.