Thermal Knit Stitch Pattern
by Janice Jones
There's a reason this pattern is called the thermal knit stitch. It's cozy. Beyond warm, though, it is a beginner-friendly pattern that is worked entirely with knit and purl stitches using a four-row repeat pattern.
It is so similar to the interrupted rib stitch pattern and the Pique stitch that I debated whether to create a separate page but decided that you might want an additional option that can be used alone or as a rib stitch pattern.
The thermal knit stitch gets its name from its thermal properties, the small, insulating pockets the pattern creates trap heat and keep the wearer warmer.
Don't be confused; there is also a crochet thermal stitch, which creates a thick, warm fabric and is very easy to learn.
If you need a stitch for making potholders, thick dishcloths, or covers for casserole carriers, consider the crochet version of this stitch.
Both the knit and crochet patterns create a dense fabric, so it's up to you which one you choose. Check out my crochet tutorials and free crochet patterns using the thermal crochet stitch.
This knitting pattern is often identified due to its raised, waffle-like texture, providing extra warmth. It is a good choice for colder-weather clothing and accessories such as scarves, hats, mittens, blankets, and pullovers.
For those who appreciate comfortable, cozy knitwear, mastering thermal knit stitch pattern is invaluable for winter knitting projects.
Creating the thermal knit stitch pattern involves a simple combination of knit and purl stitches, which are knitted over stitch multiples of 4 +2.
Basic or Easy-level knitting pattern
K - knit
P - purl
CO - cast on
BO - bind off
* * work the instructions between the asterisks the indicated number of times.
rep - repeat
st(s) - stitch, stitches
The wrong and right sides of the stitch are not identical, but both look amazing, so it is up to you which one you want for your public side.
The wrong side of the work looks like the waffle stitch pattern. The right side looks more like a rib stitch pattern.
You are in luck if you use the stitch to make a scarf. Both sides will look great, giving your scarf more texture and interest. Since it is a simple stitch pattern, it works quickly.
To work the swatch pictured on this page, I used Paton's Classic Wool Worsted Yarn and US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.
In this tutorial, we will be making a small swatch for practice. I've left a link at the end of this page if you'd rather use the pattern for a larger project.
Cast on a number of stitches in multiples of 4 + 2
I cast on 26 stitches
Row 1: (rs): *K2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts. K2
Row 2: (ws): P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 3: K across
Row 4: P across
Repeat rows one to four until you reach your desired length. Bind off after working the last row or row 4. Weave in Ends. Block if desired
You don't need a chart to create this easy pattern. Written instructions are pretty suitable. If you want to know what a knitting chart looks like for the thermal knit stitch pattern, I've provided one below.
The thermal stitch is perfect for making items intended to keep you warm: scarves, hats, cowls, shawls, sweaters, or even ponchos. It's also an easy peasy way to make dish or face cloths, placemats, or table runners.