Herringbone is having a moment in 2018, especially in the world of home décor. Herringbone backsplashes, floor tiling, and wall art are everywhere on Pinterest, but the world of knitting is far from immune to the charms of this versatile, understated-yet-dramatic pattern. Herringbone knitting patterns offer a fun way to play with colorwork without having to commit to more than two colors. Or you can leave your herringbone monochromatic and go for a textural interpretation. Either way, it’s effortlessly classy, rewarding to knit, and right on trend.
If you want to get some herringbone knitting patterns onto your needles this winter, I’ve got you covered. I cast a wide net (pun intended) in search of herringbone, combing through back issues of Interweave Knits and knitscene for the very best interpretations.
Note: I tried as much as possible to stick to herringbone, rather than its close cousins the stacked chevron or the split chevron. I dearly love chevrons, but today is all about celebrating the eye-catching staggered effect that only true herringbone can provide.
Keep It Simple
Maybe it’s the classic black and white color palette, maybe it’s the neat little pleats, or maybe it’s the tattoos on the model, but everything about the Grace Clutch screams chic. Fine lines of black and white allover herringbone worked in stranded knitting provide visual interest without becoming overwhelming; just the thing to pair with a solid-colored dress or suit. Plus, no one will believe you made it yourself!
Mix Up the Scale
One easy way to take herringbone to the next level is to intersperse larger or smaller motifs into the patterning. This gorgeous herringbone cowl is double-knit, so where one side is dark, the other is light. It’s an unbelievably satisfying knit and perfect for classy folks of any gender.
Big and Bold
This stunning black and white cowl sports herringbone on one side, split chevron on the other. Rather than using double-knitting, like in the Malvolio’s Cowl, The Equilibrium Cowl is a stranded knit worked the round as one double-long tube, then folded in half and sewn. A kit of this popular pattern is now available exclusively from Interweave!
Not into stranded colorwork? You can still rock a two-colored herringbone knitting pattern. This clever tiled herringbone cowl uses mosaic slipped-stitch colorwork to create patterning, so you’re only working one color per round. All that herringbone goodness, with none of the pesky yarn floats!
The herringbone patterning on this gorgeous pullover is all oriented sideways, using slipped stitches to create the patterning. To make the most of this more subtle look than interpretation of herringbone, be sure to utilize a special yarn with slight variations to highlight the patterning. The original uses Catskill Saxon Merino Yarn Fingering, which comes in a variety of fresh, fun hand-dyed colorways.
Twisted stitches sharply define a sophisticated herringbone texture in these chic, boxy mittens. I absolutely love the surprising slanted ribbed cuffs and the bobbles used as faux buttons! Plus, all that texture makes these mittens super warm.
Subtle Yet Chic
Panels of twig stitch create a gorgeous raised herringbone effect on this short-sleeved cardigan, which will fit easily into any wardrobe. Subtle waist shaping makes the Cerrito Cardigan super flattering, and the neutral, slightly metallic yarn is surprisingly luxe.
Lace is the Place
Herringbone plus lace? Oh yes! This stunning geometric take on the classic pattern makes this an unexpected herringbone knitting pattern that feels so right. Plus, you’ll have the pattern memorized after a few repeats for easy on-the-go knitting. Wear the Malibu Cowl doubled around your neck or wear it long to show off your herringbone stitches!
Which of these interpretations of the beloved herringbone pattern is calling to you? Let me know in the comments. I’m personally favoring the Grace Clutch, with its classic herringbone patterning. But in my opinion, you can never go wrong with herringbone!
Yours in Stitches,