Three row mesh: a free knitting stitch pattern

The 2017 stitch pattern had me thinking about stitch patterns with three row repeats. There are some out there, but I don’t know why there’s not more. Anyway, here’s a stitch pattern I thought of because of 2017. It’s entirely possible that I’m not the first to come up with it.

It’s reversible, geometric, and it won’t curl because it’s got a garter stitch base to it. It should work  well with some variegated yarn because of that. Added selvedges are unnecessary.

Three row mesh: a free knitting stitch pattern
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Three row mesh: a free knitting stitch pattern

  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. It is not a pattern for a finished object.
  • I’ve shown two repeats in the chart, but if knitting flat, the second repeat is the same as the first three rows, just flipped over. 
  • Three row mesh is a multiple of 4 stitches and 3 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • p: purl.
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarnover.

Row 1: *k2tog, yo x 2, ssk; work from *.
Row 2: *k1, (k1, p1) in double yo, k1; work from *.
Row 3: knit.

Repeat as desired. There is no row 4.