Sugar-Plum Stitch

Sugar Plum stitch - right side

Right-side Sugar-Plum Stitch

Sugar Plum stitch - wrong side

Wrong-side Sugar-Plum Stitch

From Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee. Original text at Project Gutenberg.

The Sugar-Plum stitch produces a firm, non-curling, reversible fabric. The right side resembles flat weaving with a subtle, vertical ridging effect. The wrong side resembles seed stitch.

Original Pattern

Very pretty for babies’ quilts, done in shaded wool and large pins. Cast on an uneven number of stitches.
First row:—Knit 1 stitch, bring wool forward, slip 1 the reverse way, pass the wool back, and repeat.

Second row:—Seam the stitch that was slipped in the last row, pass the wool back, slip 1 the reverse way, bring the wool forward, and repeat. Continue these 2 rows till the knitting is large enough.

Updated Version

Cast on an odd number of stitches.

Row 1: *Knit 1, bring yarn forward between needles, slip 1 (as if to purl), bring yarn toward the back between needles. Repeat from * . End knit 1.

Row 2: With yarn in back, *slip 1 (as if to purl), bring yarn forward between needles, purl 1, bring yarn toward the back between needles. Repeat from * . End slip 1.

Repeat these two rows for desired length.

Sugar-Plum Stitch Notes

– Be careful not to purl when you’re supposed to slip… accidentally purling on the right side will cause unwanted bumps on the smooth woven side. (This error can be seen in the image of the right-side sample on the left-hand side of the piece.)

– The phrase “slip 1 the reverse way” was confusing to me, but I decided to work this pattern assuming that the stitches were not to be twisted, thus the slipping as if to purl on both sides.

– Sample is worked with 4 rows of knit (garter stitch) to show the contrast between the different textures, with worsted weight wool, on size US 7 (4.5mm) needles).

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