Porcupine Stitch

porcupine stitch

Yarn: Cervinia’s Tajmajal
Wraps Per Inch: 16 w.p.i.
Needles: Size 6 (4mm)
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch
Pattern: Porcupine Stitch
Stitch Count Repeat:  Multiples of 12 stitches
Book: A Second Treasure of Knitting Patterns
Page: 282
Notes: The stitch can be a little tough to follow initially, because the lace pattern is not obvious. Stick with it, however, and you have an interesting, completely reversible lace pattern!

Knit by: Laurie

Here is a close up of the porcupine stitch:

porcupine close-up


I have used this stitch very successfully with Moebius scarves. The stitch pattern makes grafting relatively easy because there are three rows of stockinette. Just use a provisional cast on and start on row 4 of the pattern. End on row 2, and your graft will serve as row 3! There is also a nice shrug in this pattern at http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTido.html


10 Responses to “Porcupine Stitch”

  1. myartfullife Says:

    This would make a gorgeous sweater to layer or beach over-top. Beautiful swatch and thanks for the detail up-close.

  2. karrie Says:

    Wow, I like this one! I have never noticed it. Lovely and reversible. Awesome!

  3. elan Says:

    That’s lovely, reversible patterns are so nice for scarves.

  4. Emilee Says:

    Wow, that’s really neat!

  5. Ann Says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Perfect yarn choice!

  6. bufanditas Says:

    Beautiful pattern and being reversible make it even better.

  7. Genevieve Says:

    You can see Porcupine used in two very different ways in the wedding shrug “I Do” and the green stiped scarf “Anne Shirley” – both on Knitty.com.

  8. Tsock Tsarina Says:

    Excellent swatch – but… am I imagining this? or is the photograph upside down?

  9. Tsock Tsarina Says:

    I meant the first photograph, BTW – the detail one is right-side-up.

    Also BTW – this stitch works surprisingly well in the other type of Moebius scarf, the “magical” kind where you do a provisional cast-on at the middle and knit outward.

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