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How to Knit the Trinity Stitch

This stitch gets its name because the increases and decreases come in threes!

How to Knit the Trinity Stitch
How to Knit the Trinity Stitch

This is a stitch that goes by many different names. You might know it as the raspberry stitch, the cluster stitch, or the bramble stitch, but the most common name is the trinity stitch due to the little clumps of three stitches (increasing and decreasing) that are used to form the bumps on the fabric.

If you spread out a swatch of this stitch, you can see the simple but stunning openwork between the clusters of purl bumps. One common trick to do with this stitch is to change colors every two rows. This will give you beautiful interlocking clusters of different colors that will make your garments stand out. We recommend trying this in a scarf or a cowl!


  1. CO a multiple of 4 sts

  2. Row 1 (RS): P all sts

  3. Row 2 (WS): (K into the same stitch 3 times, p3tog), repeat to end of row 

  4. Row 3: P all sts

  5. Row 4: (P3tog, k into the same stitch 3 times), repeat to end of row

How to Knit into the Same Stitch Multiple Times

  1. Insert your needle as if to knit.

  2. Wrap the yarn around your needle and pull it through, but do not sweep the stitch off.

  3. Bring your working yarn to the front Twist the working needle around and insert it through the same stitch as if to purl.

  4. Wrap the yarn around the needle again and pull it through. Do not sweep the old stitch off the needle.

  5. Finally, bring your yarn to the back of your work. Then, bring the needle back around and insert it as if to knit.

  6. Wrap the yarn around the needle, pull it through, and finally you're ready to sweep the old stitch off.

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