“The waves” knitting stitch

SKILLS LEVEL: intermediate (3/5)

This stitch is relatively easy to learn and only requires you to master simple increases (M1R) and decreases (K2tog). Only one row in four is worked, which gives it a very good effect/difficulty ratio 🙂

Tips: It can be useful to place a marker ring between each repeat of the pattern to help you keep track of your stitches. Slide it on at the end of each repeat of the pattern.


This stitch gives a beautiful textured and worked effect without being openwork, which makes it particularly versatile, especially for use it an all-over pattern or as a central panel (by placing 3 to 5 repeats of the pattern over the entire height of the garment, for example).

The interplay of increases and decreases creates a wave effect on cast-on and bind-off edges, which can also be interesting to exploit. For example, you could use it as a border on just a few rows (for example, 3 repeats of the 4 rows) combined with jersey to create a wavy border that will nicely highlight the cuffs or the bottom of a jumper.


Our sample was knitted in Antigone “abysse” with 3 mm needles on 35 stitches and 50 rows, i.e. 3 repeats of the pattern in width + 2 selvedges knitted in jersey and 13 repeats in height.

This corresponds to a swatch of 24 m x 34 rows for a 10 cm x 10 cm square knitted with the same tension and a weight of approximately 0.6 g/cm2.

“The waves” knitting stitch on the right side
“The waves” knitting stitch on the wrong side


M1R = Make 1 right (With your left needle, lift the running thread between the stitch just worked and the next one from back to front, knit through front loop).

k2tog = knit two stitches together

k = knit


On a multiple of 11 stitches :

Row 1 (RS): knit.

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: *k2tog x 2, (M1R, k1) x 3, M1R, k2tog x 2, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 4: purl.

Repeat Rows 1-4.


If you use this stitch, don’t hesitate to share it with us by using #tutoDRN on Instagram or by sending us photos of your creations. Happy knitting!

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