Porcupine Stitch

Knitting Stitch Reversible
Porcupine Stitch

This unusual pattern is mid-Victorian or earlier, and was used for shawls, scarves, and those unique articles of headgear that our grandmothers called "clouds". Having an odd number of rows, the pattern is therefore reversible. The arrangement of openwork seems rather haphazard during the first few repeats, but a definite design appears after the 9 rows have been worked several times over.

Multiple of 12 sts plus 4.

Row 1—K.2, * yo, k2 tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, end k2. Rows 2 and 4—K2, purl to last 2 sts, end k2. Row 3—Knit.

Rows 5 and 8—K2, * si 1—k2 tog—psso, k4, yo, kl, yo, k4; rep from *, end k2.

Rows 6, 7, and 9—K2, * p3 tog, p4, yo, pi, yo, p4; rep from *, end k2.

Repeal Rows 1-9.

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