Knitting Stitches: How to Knit the Elongated Stitch

knitted cowl pattern

The Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson

Hello Knitters!

If you haven’t checked out Knitscene Summer 2016, you most definitely should! It is one of the most beautiful knitting magazines I have ever seen! Included in this issue is this beautiful piece-the Atoll Cowl designed by Jenn Emerson. This cowl includes one of those somewhat tricky stitches, the elongated stitch, so we will break down how to knit it today.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

The Atoll Cowl, the Elongated Stitch

I am demonstrating today on slightly thicker yarn than the pattern calls for so you can see the  stitches a little more clearly. Below is a picture of what one of the elongated stitch bands looks like. Now, I’m getting ready to start my second round of the elongated stitch band.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

View of Elongated Stitch

The Elongated Stitch Band’s first round instructs you:

Rnd 1 *K1, wrapping yarn 3 times around right needle instead of once; rep from * to end.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

Begin by inserting R needle as you would for any other knitting stitch.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

Where you would normally wrap the yarn only once, wrap the yarn 3 times.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

Catch all 3 of your wraps with your R needle, and pull through loop on your L needle.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

Slip the stitch off the L needle. It should look like you have 3 loops on your needle for each knitting stitch.

For Rnd 2 *K1, dropping all 3 wraps as st is removed from left needle; rep from * to end.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

Insert R needle into the closest wrap of your 3 wraps from previous rnd.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

Wrap yarn around R needle once, pull through loop on L needle, and slip that stitch off the needle. You can see there are still 2 wraps from previous rnd on L needle.

Knitting Stitches: Learn the elongated stitch from the Atoll Cowl

Let the last 2 wraps from previous rnd slip off the L needle as well, and you have an elongated stitch!

And that is how you knit the elongated stitch band for the Atoll Cowl in Knitscene Summer 2016! Some other tips to think about when working with special knitting stitches like this one:

  1. This is one of those knitting stitches where you need to keep your wraps nice and loose so they slide easily along your needle with ease.
  2. Try not to let your extra wraps get all jumbled and overlap a ton as they slide around the needle. This can cause your stitches to get stuck as they go onto the thicker part of your needle.
  3. If your stitch marker creates added tangles with all the extra wrapping of stitches, you can remove it for these two rounds, if you want. It should be pretty obvious when one round ends and the next begins. Just remember to put the marker back when you return to your regular knitting rounds.

Have fun making this fancy cowl and experimenting with how to knit the elongated stitch! You can get the pattern in Knitscene Summer 2016, or get the Atoll Cowl Kit!

Happy knitting,

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