I recently came across bramble stitch knitting for the first time ever and was battling to follow the pattern. I ended up having to Google how to do it and this is the video that showed me exactly what to do.
Because the knitting comes out looking like diamond-shaped clusters, the stitch is also called by other names including cluster stitch, raspberry stitch or blackberry stitch.
The right side is richly textured with raised diagonally staggered clusters while the wrong side of the knitting has a flat but interesting texture.
It has a great history in Aran knits where it is rich in symbolism. The stitch is used in combination with other stitches and cables to produce beautiful sweaters and afghans.
The Bramble stitch adds great texture to knitted projects. The texture ensures that the fabric doesn’t curl making it a great choice for edgings and borders.
It was actually so quick and easy to do that I ended up making this square for practice.
This is the pattern that I used to practice my bramble stitch knitting.
Using thick wool and 5mm needles cast on 22 sts. You can use this stitch in multiples of 4 plus two stitches.
Row 1: (rs) p to end.
Row 2: k1. *work k1, p1 and k1 all into next st. p3 tog. rep from * to last st. k1. (On the k1, p1, k1 you are actually increasing by three stitches without pushing the stitch off of the needle.
Row 3: p to end.
Row 4: k1. *p3tog, work k1, p1, and k1 all into next st. rep from * to last st. k1.
These four rows form the above bramble stitch knitting pattern.
Tip: As you are decreasing and increasing stitches on rows 2 and rows 4, make sure to count your stitches to ensure you have the correct number at the end of those rows.
I think my next project must be a bramble stitch rug for the bedroom.
What Is Bramble Stitch Used For?
I think using this stitch would make a lovely warm blanket, but the texture of the square that I knitted wasn’t soft like you would want a blanket to feel. Maybe if I used a bigger needle the quality would be softer.
Bramble stitch will be great to make the following:
- Bathroom mats
- gloves or arm warmers
- rugs or throws
Bramble stitch knitting can be used on its own or mixed with cable or lacing to get all sorts of intricate designs.