How to Knit the Fleck Stitch: Beginner-Friendly Tutorial

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.

Fleck knit stitch pattern worked in an off white cotton yarn.Knit the Fleck Stitch Pattern

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.

Skill Level

From the Craft Yarn Council, the symbol used to determine the skill level required to finish the project.Basic or Beginner Level Based on the Craft Yarn Council

Abbreviations and Skills You Will Need for the Fleck Knit Stitch

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

Supplies Needed

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.

  • Yarn
  • Knitting Needles:  Size 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

How to Create the Knit Fleck Stitch

Multiples of 2 + 1 (Meaning you can use an even number of stitches plus one more)

For this tutorial, I cast on 21 stitches.

  • Row 1 (RS) Knit
  • Row 2 Purl
  • Row 3 k1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end
  • Row 4 Purl

Notes on the Knit Fleck Stitch

  • Row Repeat: 4-Row Repeat
  • Stitch Repeats: Multiples of 2 + 1, meaning that you will cast on a multiple of 2 stitches, such as 20, plus 1 st.
  • Blocking will make this fabric look professional.
  • Not Reversible: Both sides of the fabric are not identical, but this stitch pattern can be used in projects where both sides are facing. A photo of each side can be seen below.

Learn to Read a Stitch Chart

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.

Knit the Fleck Stitch Pattern:  Knit Chart

Fleck stitch pattern worked in a chart formFleck Stitch Pattern, Knit Chart

Double Fleck Stitch Knitting Pattern

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.

  • Row 1: (RS) K across
  • Row 2: (WS): P4, * K2, p4; repeat from * across.
  • Row 3: K across
  • Row 4: P1, K2, P1, * P3, K2, P1 , repeat from * across.

Repeat rows 1 to 4 until you reach your desired length, then bind off and weave in ends.

Double Fleck Stitch Pattern ChartStitch Chart for the Knit Fleck Stitch

Knit Fleck Stitch Coasters

Knit fleck stitch coaster set in fall (Autumn) colorsKnit the Fleck Stitch Pattern

For this project, I added a four-row garter stitch border.  I also added an optional fringe on two sides.

Finished Size (without fringe):


  • Yarn:  Lion Brand 24/7 Yarn 100% Cotton in 4 colors
  • Needles:  US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hook (4.5 or 5.0mm) if adding the fringe


CO 21

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!

5 mm/US8 

16 sts x 21 rows equals a 4x4 inch square/10x10 cm in double fleck stitch after blocking.

How to Knit the Fleck Stitch Pattern:  Pin for Future Reference

Knit fleck stitch coaster pattern in autumn colors, pin imageFree Fleck Stitch Coaster Pattern worked in Fall or Autumn colors

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About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

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