This pattern should be worked loosely with large needles, in which case it will give a pretty lace-like fabric. The wrong side is most attractive, showing twisted columns decorated with little bands of purl; and this is often presented as the right side. So the choice of sides is up to the knitter. In the variation below, however, the right side is definitely the more successful.
Row 1 (Right side)—K2, * p3 tog, then knit the same 3 sts tog, then purl the same 3 sts tog again, then si all 3 sts from needle, kl; rep from *, end kl. Row 2—Purl.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Indian Pillar Stitch is readily converted into a very beautiful allover pattern by the simple expedient of adding two more rows in order to alternate the motifs.
Multiple of 4 sts plus 3.
Row 3—K4, * p3 tog, knit the same 3 tog, purl the same 3 tog, then si all 3 sts from needle, kl; rep from *, end k3. Row 4—Purl.
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