Challenge Square No. 10: Trinity Stitch

Needles: US 8
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco in natural
Finished Dimensions: 8" x 8"

I had to do some research on how exactly to do a k1, p1, k1 in the same stitch. I googled "trinity stitch" and I got lots of results. The stitch can also be called the cluster st or the bramble stitch, it seems pretty popular based on all the search results. It's called the trinity stitch because it puts three stitches in one. So after watching a youtube video, I got the hang of how to do it. It was pretty easy once I got the hang of it. With the first cast-on and a few rows of the stitch, I realized this shrinks up quite a bit so I had to do a little gauge to get the right size square and had to cast on 12 more stitches. One of the neatest parts of the pattern is that on the reverse side, it is completely flat (who would have thought).

The hardest part about this stitch is on the reverse side doing a P3tog. I found it hard to get my needle under three strands of yarn. But it knits up pretty fast, two rows makes a bobble. I don't think I would do an entire piece in it, it gets kinda tough after a while maneuvering the needle through all the stitches, but it looks great as an embellishment! One project I saw online I really liked, it was a short sleeve sweater top that had the yoke knit in the trinity stitch. It was super cute! I wouldn't mind adding something like that to one of my projects to make it special.

Now that I've started this project in pursuit of expanding my knitting knowledge, I've started to notice knits and patterns and recognize what they are when I see them. I found the trinity stitch used in a scarf pattern in the KnitSimple holiday 2009 magazine! I was excited to see something I'm doing and learning being used in a current and popular magazine. The scarf was gorgeous (you should look it up) it is two toned, so every other bobble is in a different color, which would be easy enough to do. And because the pattern is flat on the WS, it works great in a scarf! I really enjoyed this pattern and I would definitely recommend it for any embellishment to make a project stand out.


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