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Aurora Knit Stitch Pattern

Aurora knit stitch pattern

Aurora knit stitch pattern

Today I’m happy to share new knitting stitch, I got a hold on, called Aurora. Bear with me and learn how to knit your next item using Aurora stitch. Whether you are planning to knit a hat, headband or a sweater, you are going to be delighted with the outcome. Take your double-pointed needles, refresh the knowledge of garter stitch and let’s do it together! Once you’re ready, knit an Aurora hat here.

Knitting materials and tools:

<> DPN 4 mm (UK 8 or US 6)

<> Debbie Bliss (Cashmerino Aran) 55% Wool, 12% Cashmere, 33% acrylic. Baby pink color: 50 grams – 90 m per skein.

beautiful and unusual knit stitch, called Aurora, and made only purl and knit stitches

Common abbreviations of knit stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

st(s) – stitch(es)

sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch

A unique knit stitch for blankets, scarfs, and sweaters. Sample stitch pattern is made with pink pastel yarn

How to knit Aurora stitch:

Cast on a multiple of 4 sts plus plus 2 selvage stitches. In my example 30 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): sel s, *k3, slip next stitch holding yarn in back– repeat from *, sel s.

Row 2: sel s, *slip stitch holding yarn in front, p3– repeat *, sel s.

Row 3 (RS): sel s, *p1, k1, p1, k1 – repeat from *, sel s.

Row 4: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.

Row 5 (RS): sel s, *k1, slip next stitch holding yarn in back, k2– repeat from *, sel s.

Row 6: sel s, *p2, slip stitch holding yarn in front, p1– repeat *, sel s.

Row 7 (RS): sel s, *p1, k1, p1, k1 – repeat from *, sel s.

Row 8: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.

Repeat Rows 1-8 to form the pattern.

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Ruth P Kaplan-Kramer 14th November 2020 at 20:02

In your video, it looks like you sometimes purl in the back of the stitch and sometimes in the front of it. It looks most of the time when you purl in the back it is when you are alternating K1 and P1, I was taught by my mother almost 60 years ago to always purl in the front of the stitch and to knit Continental style. She was an occupational therapist and an accomplished knitter and could sew anything, even doing tailoring to earn money when my sister and I were little in the early 50s. She made us sewn coats with bound buttonholes and matching hats and made most of our clothes until we were in high school. She could adapt a basic A-line dress pattern into anything we saw in the ads or stores.

But back to my question, do you alternate the part of the stitch you purl into or does it just look that way at times? It is a pretty stitch and I’d like to try it.

Knitting Guru 15th November 2020 at 01:46

Hi Ruth. Thanks to your question and story about your lovely mother. Usually I purl through the back loop when I knit in the round and through the front when I knit in rows. It is just the matter how you grab the yarn when you insert a needle into a stitch. I know there are many ways to do it but it is just how I was taught to knit. I am receiving so many questions regarding my purl stitches so I am ready to learn a classical method 🙂 This stitch is pretty indeed 🙂

Liz 21st December 2023 at 18:53


Ok I haven’t looked @ video yet (not sure closed captioned as I’m deaf but I have a crazy question.

You said to use double pointed needles. Why??

This is going to sound strange but I have Rheumatoid arthritis & no way can I hold those kind of needles. Right now come back to knitting trying to get increase mobility in hands & wrist so I’m sticking to blankets with circular needles.

The stitch pattern is great & I think would be good as part sampler stitch blanket I’m doing but if you need DPN then not sure 🤔.

Thanks & Happy Holidays!!!

Ann 21st December 2023 at 23:40

Hey Liz. You are welcome to use circular. I am using DPN for small swatches usually. So no worries and use circular. Merry Christmas!

Pat [Morris] 15th November 2020 at 04:29

Demonstration video: Goes much too fast.

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Knitting Guru 15th November 2020 at 16:11

Sorry, but you may always slow down the video in playback speed panel

Pat Morris 15th November 2020 at 04:30

The demonstration video goes much too fast.

Knitting Guru 15th November 2020 at 16:11

Sorry, but you may always slow down the video in playback speed panel

Genevieve Gordon 18th November 2020 at 07:58

I just don’t grasp that selvage stitch. Twist, purl, slip, work in..what?
Otherwise its nice texture in the end.

Knitting Guru 18th November 2020 at 09:04

Thank you, try knitting Aurora hat 🙂

Candice 6th February 2021 at 23:19

Did you come up with this stitch/pattern or where did it come from? It’s very beautiful.

Knitting Guru 7th February 2021 at 09:08

Thank you Candie. No, this knit stitch exists many years or even centuries 🙂

Candice 7th February 2021 at 10:47

What is the pattern called? When I type in Aurora Knit Stitch, only your pattern comes up. Just curious what it’s originally called! Thank you 😊

Knitting Guru 7th February 2021 at 15:52

I dont know. Just know the stitch itself

laura browning 16th October 2021 at 04:07

Hi there. I was wondering do you have to use DPN needles or can you also use straight and circular?

Knitting Guru 16th October 2021 at 09:23

Hi. For knitting in the round it is better to use DPN or circular needles


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