stitch pattern – hexagon stitch

Hexagon stitch

The hexagon stitch is a very striking stitch that is nevertheless not hard to knit. It’s made by working a yarn over and passing it over a group of stitches. This sequence is alternated, making it look like little hexagons. Because of the passed-over yarn overs, the fabric is a bit tighter than regular stockinette. It shares its tendency to roll, though.

This stitch pattern is worked as a multiple of 4 stitches, and in a four-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 Lime.

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

Stitches used

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • RS / WS – right side / wrong side
  • yo – yarn over
  • yo-k3-pass yo over – yarn over, knit 3 stitches, pass the yarn over, over the 3 knit stitches
  • rep – repeat
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Grand staggered eyelet stitch

Row 1 (RS): *Yo-k3-pass yo over, k3; rep from * to end. (6 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: *K3, yo-k3-pass yo over; rep from * to end.
Row 4: Purl.

Repeat rows 1-4 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:

Hexagon stitch as seen from the RS
Hexagon stitch as seen from the RS.
Hexagon stitch as seen from the WS
Hexagon stitch as seen from the WS.

To get an impression of how this stitch looks as an all-over pattern:

Hexagon stitch as seen from the RS - all over
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