stitch pattern – crescent stitch

A swatch showing the crescent stitch in green yarn.

The crescent stitch uses both “Cable 3 Left (C3L)” as “Cable 3 Right (C3R)” stitches to create the wavy lines visible in the swatch pictured. Due to all the cabling, it’s not a very fast stitch pattern to work. This may, however, be improved if you can do these cable stitches without the use of a cable needle. I’m not a good enough cable knitter to manage it with any time savings. But perhaps you can!

This stitch pattern is worked as a multiple of 3 stitches + 2, and in a six-row repeat. Please note that I’ve added 2 edge stitches in garter stitch on both sides of the swatch.

Materials used

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, in the color 128 Lime Green.

Needles: This is a pair of straights that I picked up at the second-hand store when I started knitting, brand unknown. You will also need a cable needle.

Stitches used

  • C3L (Cable 3 left) – Slip next st onto cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit st from cable needle
  • C3R (Cable 3 right) – Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next st from left-hand needle, then knit 2 sts from cable needle
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Crescent stitch

Row 1 (right side): Knit.

Row 2 (and all following wrong side rows): Purl.

Row 3: K1, *C3R; rep from * to 1 st before end, k1.

Row 5: K1, *C3L; rep from * to 1 st before end, k1.

Row 6: Purl.

Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern until desired length.

In the below pictures, you see the patterning first from the right, and then also from the wrong side of the fabric:

Crescent stitch as seen from the right side
Crescent stitch as seen from the wrong side
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