How Do I Knit the Brick Stitch?

by Jessica Daniel

The brick stitch is knit using two colors with a slip stitch pattern. No need to learn intarsia or Fair Isle; the brick stitch uses basic knitting techniques to create the effect. Use as an all-over pattern for dish towels or washcloths or to add interest and texture to a knit garment. The brick stitch can be knit with any yarn and needle size. The slipped stitches will pull in the knitting, creating a tighter gauge, so knit a small swatch first to determine the proper needles to use for a project.

Items you will need

  • 2 colors of yarn
Step 1

Cast on a multiple of four stitches, plus an extra three stitches for the edge, with both colors held together.

Step 2

Knit rows one and two with the first color.

Step 3

Work row three with the second color. Knit one stitch. Slip one stitch to the right-hand needle with the yarn in back and then knit three stitches; repeat to the last two stitches. Slip one stitch and then knit the last stitch.

Step 4

Work row four with the second color. Purl one stitch. Slip one stitch to the right-hand needle with the yarn in front and then purl three stitches; repeat to the last two stitches. Slip one stitch and then purl one stitch.

Step 5

Knit rows five and six with the first color.

Step 6

Work row seven with the second color. Knit three stitches. Slip one stitch with the yarn in the back and then knit three stitches; repeat to the end of the row.

Step 7

Work row eight with the second color. Purl three stitches. Slip one stitch with the yarn in the front and then purl three stitches; repeat to the end of the row.

Step 8

Repeat Steps 2 through 7 until the piece is the desired length.

References

  • "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns"; Barbara G. Walker; 1998
  • "Knitting Workshop"; Elizabeth Zimmermann; 1981

About the Author

Jessica Daniel has been writing professionally since 2005. She has worked in the arts-and-crafts field, publishing knitting patterns with Lorna's Laces and My Sister's Knits. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and women's studies from St. Xavier University.