Let’s dive into learning how to knit a nautical stitch that reminds the look of knit cables or a manila rope, depends how you look at it :). It’s a beginner-friendly stitch to be used for hats and scarfs, or tote bags, or pretty much anything else you have in mind. Just make yourself comfortable with a salvage stitch and you’re ready to go.
Knitting materials and tools:
<> DPN 4 mm (US6 / UK8)
<> Jaeger, Spiral-spun (DK): 100% pure new wool.
Common abbreviations of knit stitches:
k – knit
st(s) – stitch(es)
k2tog – knit two together
sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch
k2togk1 – k2tog, do not slip stitches off the needle, knit the first stitch again, slip both stitches off needle.
Nautical stitch knitting pattern:
Cast on a multiple of 3 sts plus 2 selvage stitches. I cast on 29 sts for my example.
Row 1 (RS): sel s, [k1, k2togk1] repeat till the end of row, sel s.
Row 2: sel s, purl all sts till the end, sel s.
Row 3 (RS): sel s, [k2togk1, k1] repeat till the end of row, sel s.
Row 4: sel s, purl all sts till the end, sel s.
Repeat Rows 1-4 as many times as needed.