Tutorial: The Elongated Knit Stitch
This stitch is a simple way to create a faux-lace that also lends a bit of a geometric pattern to your work. It'll also burn through your yarn and give you the length of knitting more rows than you actually have so if you need some instant gratification, comfort knitting, this is your stitch!
I've used a triple-wrap for the elongated stitches here, but you can wrap the yarn as many or as few times around as you want to create your fabric. The more wraps, the longer the space created between rows. (This also uses more yarn so keep that in mind as you experiment.) If you're following a pattern, it should specify how many times to wrap the yarn around the needle so you won't have to guess.
Appropriately Sized Knitting Needles
Cast On a handful of stitches and knit a few rows in Garter Stitch
Featured Yarn in this Tutorial:
Knitcircus Trampoline in the No Coffee - No Workee (Club Yumi Exclusive) colorway
RIGHT SIDE ROW:
Step 1. Insert Right Needle as if to knit.
Step 2. Wrap the yarn 3 times around the tip of your right needle.
Step 3. Complete the knit stitch as usual, keeping all 3 wraps on the right needle.
Repeat steps 1-3 for each elongated stitch needed.
WRONG SIDE ROW:
Step 1. Insert Right Needle into the next triple-wrapped stitch as if to knit.
Step 2. Complete the knit stitch as you normally would, dropping the 2 extra wraps off the left needle as you go.
Repeat Steps 1 & 2 across all triple-wrapped stitches from the Right Side Row.
Try It Out!
It's best to put a new technique into practice right away so that you can remember it in the future. Here are some of my patterns that use this technique.