This stitch may be a bit more complex than some other stitches, but it definitely very doable and only combines a few basic knitting stitches.
How to Make the Cinch Stitch
Note that no stitch count is changed. You start working 7 stitches and you end with 7 stitches. It does create 2 rows of knitting, but since you’re also working decreases and slipping stitches, the added length is negligible.
What you do in these 4 steps create a pretty effect.
slip 3 stitches together all at once (as if to k3tog),
You now have 5 stitches on the right needle. Note that I have 7 because I started with 2 stitches on my right needle.
Pass the first stitch on right needle over the following four (take the ‘ssk’ stitch and pass it over the slipped stitches and the ‘k2tog’ stitches).
You now have 4 stitches on the right needle.
Return the 4 stitches back to left needle.
I actually do Steps 2 and 3 in the reverse order – I do Step 3 first and then I do Step 2. Either way is fine, as long as you have 4 stitches on the left needle when you’re done.
Step 4[K1, yo] three times, k1
7 stitches on the right needle. Again, there are 9 stitches on mine because I started with 2 stitches.
See? No stitch count change, but these 7 stitches have been manipulated and worked in such a way that they create a pretty look.
Give the Cinch Stitch a Try in this Free Pattern
The Cinch Stitch is worked intermittently in the edge of this shawl. It adds a beautiful effect and it’s really not hard! We promise.