Swatch It Up Block 12: Bamboo Stitch


We did it. We did it! WE DID IT! YAY!! Lo hicimos, we did it!

This has been so much fun and I enjoyed going through this journey with you guys. But to be honest, I will be happy to strike one more thing off my list. I have had a lot of family health issues to deal with, difficult rotations, and more. I really over extended myself and I'm going to try not to do that again. Lesson learned. But I really love the way that this sweater has come out so far. Fingers crossed that the sleeves work out.

So about this stitch: it is a very simple two-row repeat utilizes yarn overs to create the ridges on the stitch that give it the look of stalks of bamboo. It’s a super fun stitch that is also a great way to practice yarn overs in a simple way to prepare you for future lace knitting patterns. Once you knit a couple rows of this stitch, it will already be in your muscle memory and you’ll be able to speed through to create the great textured swatch!

Materials Worsted Weight Yarn US size 8 knitting needles Tapestry Needle

Cable Needle Measuring Tape



There is a 2 stitch border around the perimeter of the block. Do not count these when measuring.


20st x 23r =4 x 4" (10cm)

Tip: pay attention to this, especially if you are modifying the pattern.


K - Knit

P - Purl

RS - Right side

WS - Wrong Side

Finished Size

Do NOT measure the stockinette border. This will be used for seaming and shouldn't contribute to the finished size of the sweater.

Sizes are width x length

XS: 13.75 x 7.25 in (35.5 x 19 cm)

S: 14.25 x 7.25 in (36.5 x 18.5 cm)

M: 15 x 7 in (38.5 x 17.5 cm)

L: 16 x 7 in (41 x 18 cm)

XL: 17.5 x 6.75 in (45 x 17 cm)

2X: 19.5 x 6.5 in (50 x 16.5 cm)

3X: 21 x 6 in (53.5 x 15 cm)

4X: 22.5 x 6 in (57.5 x 15 cm)

5X: 23.5 x 5.5 in (60 x 14 cm)


Cast on 72 (76, 80, 84, 92) (102, 110, 116, 122) sts

Row 1: Knit across (for seaming border)

Row 2: Purl across (for seaming border)

Row 3: K2 (border, *YO, K2, pass yarn over both of the 2 knit stitches* repeat from * to * until 2 stitches remain, K2 (border)

Row 4: Purl across

Repeat rows 3 - 4 until you reach 42 (42, 40, 40, 38) (38, 36, 34, 30) rows or work is ~1/4 inch or 1 cm less than your desired total length.

Row 5: Knit across

Row 6: Purl across

Bind off


If you are going to alter the pattern, here is the gauge:

20st x 23r =4 x 4" (10cm)

Plug this into the final equations for the Arm Blocks:

Gauge st x gauge row = 4 x 4 inches

_____ (arm block width) x ( _____Gauge st / 4”) = # sts _____

_____ (arm block length) x ( _____Gauge rows / 4”) = # rows _____

Once you have your stitch and row count, use those numbers in the pattern instructions above.


Still having some trouble? Check out these links for more information.

1) New Stitch A Day


2) Studio Knits

Post this graphic to your social media if you're taking part in the KAL, and use the hashtag #swatchitup21 so we can see your progress.

Check back here next week where we will go over how to put it all together!

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