Gathered stitches are so pretty!
In a laceweight yarn, they can create a small place where the yarn comes together and creates a bit of a thicker spot when you’ve blocked it.
In a heavier-weight yarn, they can be a pretty tool to create a different look but still keep the stitch count the same.
A few notes about the 3 into 3 Gathered Stitch
- The 3 into 3 Gathered Stitch also known as Gathered 3 stitch and is typically found in Estonian Lace patterns.
- This textured stitch creates an almost floral motif, by gathering together 3 stitches and upon completion maintaining the 3 stitches.
- Remember, you’re not increasing nor decreasing stitches. You start with 3 stitches and you end up with 3 gathered stitches. There’s no change to the stitch count.
How to Knit the 3 into 3 Gathered Stitch
As always, follow the instructions contained in your pattern.
Step 1: Knit the next 3 stitches on your left hand needle together.
Do not take these 3 stitches off the left hand needle. This will create 1 stitch on your right hand needle.
Step 2: With these 3 stitches still on the left needle, yarn over.
You now will have 2 stitches on your right hand needle.
Step 3: Into those 3 stitches on your left hand needle you will again knit those same 3 stitches together.
Once this has been completed you can drop those 3 stitches off the left hand needle.
You will now have 3 gathered stitches on your right hand needle.
Here’s the gathered stitches a few rows down:
About the Instructor: Andi Gallegos
Andi Gallegos- aka Mysistersknitter on Ravelry- learned to first crochet more than 20 years ago from a coworker, while looking for a way to occupy herself during downtime at a call center job. A couple of years later after many attempts to teach herself to knit from books, she found a video that taught kids to knit and it suddenly clicked. Nowadays it is rare for a day to go by without at least one stitch being knit.
At that time living and knitting in sunny Arizona didn’t warrant a large knitting community, so Andi started a blog called My Sister’s Knitter as a way to connect with other knitters.
Andi believes that if everyone knit or crocheted the world would be a kindler, gentler place.
About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody loves pouring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches. And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).
She’s a serial starter-of-projects and has a serious problem with finishing things without a deadline.
And don’t get her talking about hand-dyed yarns. You’ve been warned.