Here’s a really pretty stitch that creates a unique pattern – perfect for that one-of-a-kind project!
Work this pattern in an even number of stitches, the minimum being 6 stitches. For wider pattern, add stitches in 4-stitch increments: 10 stitches, 14 stitches, 18 stitches, or 22 stitches (etc.).
When working this pattern, we work in sets of 2. One set is what I call “up/down, up/down” (or down/up – depending on the side). The second set is what I call “a box”:
In the example above, we start by wrapping up and around clockwise 1 b(ack) then down to the left side of 1 f(ront) wrapping counter-clockwise, then up to 2 b and down to 2 a. We then move to the next set of two stitches which is what I call the box by wrapping up to 4 b (skipping 3b) and wrapping clockwise, then straight down to 4 f wrapping clockwise up to 3 b, wrapping counter-clockwise and down to 3 f, wrapping counter-clockwise (we have now created a box).
Turn Board Around
One thing to keep in mind when doing this stitch is when you start your pass using the Up/Down set, you will end your pass with the Up/Down set. When you start your pass with the Box, you will end your set with a Box. The 1st pass above starts with the Up/Down set and ends the same way. You will turn your board around and start the 2nd pass with the Box set and end with the Box set.
Here is the step-by-step:
Now continue wrapping up/down then box ending the row with up/down.
Turn the board around.
2nd Pass: Take yarn and wrap the second front pin (2f) counter clockwise and bring up to 2b:
Wrap counter-clockwise and bring down to 1f:
Wrap counter-clockwise and bring straight back to 1b:
Wrap clockwise around 1b and bring down to 3f (box). Wrap 3f counter-clockwise and bring up to 3b:
Wrap 3b clockwise and bring down to 4f, wrapping counter-clockwise and back up to 4b (down/up down/up).
Wrap clockwise around 4b and start box again by skipping next front pin and bringing down to 6f and back to 6b:
Continue wrapping the box and wrapping down/up until the end of the row, ending in the box. Hook over.
Create the bamboo pattern by working the first pass then second pass, hooking over between each pass. Once completed, gently pull your work exposing the opening between the “stalks”.