Knit the Fleck Stitch by Janice Jones |Published 10-10-2023
The fleck knit stitch is an easy, beginner-friendly stitch pattern that can add texture and interest to any project. Made with basic knitting stitches, the knit and purl stitches appear as little seed stitches on a stockinette stitch background.
Practicing this knit pattern is a great way to improve your tension between knit and purl stitches and, at the same time, create something beautiful.
The pattern is not reversible, so the right side of the work does not look like the wrong side. It's best worked with smooth, worsted weight or bulky yarn where you can see the stitches easily.
I've created a set of coasters. I will provide the free pattern below. But the stitch works well for washcloths, placemats, and pillow coverings.
It's a four-row repeat, but two are simple rows of purls and one row of knits. So, there is only one row you need to learn.
K = Knit Stitch
P = Purl Stitch
CO - Cast On
BO - Bind off
RS - Right Side
Weave-in Yarn Ends
* * Repeat the instructions between the asterisks
You may use any size yarn and needles for this practice swatch. Do be sure to match the needle size to the yarn you choose.
Multiples of 2 + 1 (Meaning you can use an even number of stitches plus one more)
For this tutorial, I cast on 21 stitches.
This beginner-level stitch doesn’t require a knitting chart, but if you learn how to use one now, it will be much easier when you attach more complicated stitch patterns.
This is a very simple chart. For more information on knitting charts, check out the knit chart tutorial.
Like the fleck stitch, the double fleck stitch knitting pattern also uses simple knit and purl stitches to produce a diagonal pattern resembling a slanted checkerboard. Both stitch patterns are beginner-friendly, but the double fleck stitch is more complex.
Multiples of 6 + 4
For this tutorial, I cast on 22 stitches.
Repeat rows 1 to 4 until you reach your desired length, then bind off and weave in ends.
For this project, I added a four-row garter stitch border. I also added an optional fringe on two sides.
Finished Size (without fringe):
Row 1 - 4 K across
Row 5 - K4, p to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 6 - K5, *p1, K1 repeat from * to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 7 - K4, p to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 8 - K across
Repeat rows 5 to 8 four more times
Last four rows - K across.
BO, Weave in Ends.
Optional: Add a one-inch fringe on either side of the coaster.
Love this Stitch? Click to See my free Double Fleck Dishcloth Pattern.
Approx. 8.5 x 8.5 inches / 22 x 22 cm
* Can easily adjust size if desired!
16 sts x 21 rows equals a 4x4 inch square/10x10 cm in double fleck stitch after blocking.