How To Knit a Tuck Stitch. Machine Knitting and Hand Knitting Tutorial.

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How To Knit a Tuck Stitch. Machine Knitting and Hand Knitting Tutorial.

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? I hope you had a wonderful time and ready to start a new week!

As you know, I am working on a textured sweater – Sand – on my knitting machine. Today I would love to show you how the tuck stitch is formed on the machine and for those who don’t have a knitting machine, I prepared a tutorial for hand knit tuck stitch.

How To Knit a Tuck Stitch On a Knitting Machine

I am using Silver Reed LK150 machine; if you have a different machine some things might be different, but the principle stays the same.

Instructions

Before you start knitting a tuck stitch, knit a couple of rows in simple stockinette. Let’s start with the carriage on your RIGHT side.

Carriage settings. Side Levers – triangle. Russel levers – I.

  • Row 1: Starting from the THIRD needle, push every 4th needle into D position. Knit one row.
  • Row 2-3: Knit.
  • Row 4: The carriage is on your left. Change the settings: Side Levers – triangle. RIGHT Russel lever – II. Knit one row.
  • Row 5: Side Levers – triangle. Russel levers – I. Starting from the FIFTH needle, push every 4th needle into D position. Knit one row.
  • Row 6-7: Knit.
  • Row 8: The carriage is on your left. Change the settings: Side Levers – triangle. Russel levers – II. Knit one row.

Repeat Rows 1-8 for tuck stitch.

Tutorial

To see a bigger picture, open it in the new tab.

Rows 1-4

Then you will repeat the whole process again. You will change only one thing – you will push every 4th needle starting from the FIFTH needle – you  shift the tuck stitch two stitches to the left. Which means that the tuck stitches align in checkerboard order:

Tuck Stitch. Machine Knitting.

As you can see every 4th needle is holding a stitch that is “hugging” and pulling the loops up, forming a tuck stitch.

So what if you don’t have a machine, but you like this stitch and would love to try it in your hand knitting? There are many variations of a hand knit tuck stitch, I will show you the one that uses the same principles as the machine knit tuck stitch.

How To Knit a Tuck Stitch. Hand Knitting.

Instructions

Before you start knitting a tuck stitch, knit a couple of rows in simple stockinette. Stitch count: 4 st repeat + 5 balance sts.

  • Row 1 (RS): P2, *yo, sl 1 wyib as if to purl, p3; rep from * to last 3 sts; yo, sl 1 wyib as if to purl, p2.
  • Row 2 (WS): K2, *yo, sl yo + st wyib as if to purl, k3; rep from * to last 4 sts; yo, sl yo + st wyib as if to purl, k2.
  • Row 3: P2, *yo, sl 2 loops of yo + sl 1 wyib as if to purl, p3; rep from * to last 5 sts; yo, sl 2 loops of yo + sl 1 wyib as if to purl, p2.
  • Row 4: K2, *k4tog (3 yo loops + a st); rep from * to last 6 sts; k4tog (3 yo loops + st), k2.
  • Row 5: P4, *yo, sl 1 wyib as if to purl, p3; rep from * to last 5 sts; yo, sl 1 wyib as if to purl, p4.
  • Row 6: K4, *yo, sl yo + st wyib as if to purl, k3; rep from * to last 6 sts; yo, sl yo + st wyib as if to purl, k4.
  • Row 7: P4, *yo, sl 2 loops of yo + sl 1 wyib as if to purl, p3; rep from * to last 7 sts; yo, sl 2 loops of yo + sl 1 wyib as if to purl, p4.
  • Row 8: K4, *k4tog (3 yo loops + a st); rep from * to last 8 sts; k4tog (3 yo loops + st), k4.

Repeat Rows 1-8 for tuck stitch.

Tutorial

To see a bigger picture, open it in the new tab.

Row 1

Row 2

Row 3

Row 4

Tuck Stitch. Hand Knitting.

Knit 3.

You will repeat the same steps for Rows 5-8. The only difference is that you will knit 4 sts at the beginning of a row, instead of two – you shift the tuck stitch 2 stitches to the left.

Here is the result. Looks exactly like the machine knit tuck stitch!

Tuck Stitch. Hand Knitting.

Don’t be afraid to experiment – try “spreading out” the stitch, try different placement of stitches, try different fibers! I think knitting a garment with overall tuck stitch pattern will be very time consuming, but you can always add this stitch as a decorative element to your simple stockinette! One more way to speed up the process is to knit with a very loose gauge – this way you will create a lacy fabric perfect for spring and summer light pullovers/tops. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!

I hope you will use this stitch in some of your projects. Have a wonderful week!


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17 Comments

  1. Zeta May 30, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Thank you so so much my wonderful girl!
    Will sure use your tutorial! 🙂
    Thank you for being so great and went in all this trouble on getting both of the tutorials ready for all of us. You are amazing! 😉

    • Alina May 31, 2016 at 5:59 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you, Zeta! YOU are amazing 🙂

  2. Becki May 30, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Fascinating. And great pictures. And what a wonderful tutorial for hand crocheting the tuck stitch, Alina! I agree – you are amazing. 🙂

    • Alina May 31, 2016 at 6:00 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Becki! I am glad you like it!

  3. Christine May 31, 2016 at 4:34 am - Reply

    I have never seen that stitch knit before..so lovely. Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Alina May 31, 2016 at 6:01 am - Reply

      You are very welcome, Christine! There are different kinds of a tuck stitch out there, but I really wanted to recreate the machine knit one!

  4. Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 31, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

    This must have taken you eons to put together. Good work!

    • Alina June 2, 2016 at 6:19 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! It took me about two weekends, not that bad 🙂

  5. Carie May 31, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    oh how clever! I’m fascinated by watching the knitting machine in operation – it’s quite amazing!

    • Alina June 2, 2016 at 6:19 am - Reply

      It is amazing! Love this craft so much! You should try it one day!

  6. sustainablemum June 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I love the texture of this stitch it is amazing! Thank you for all the time you spent putting this post together 🙂

    • Alina June 2, 2016 at 6:20 am - Reply

      Thank YOU! I am so in love with this textured stitch, can’t wait to experiment more with it!

  7. Anna Sargent October 10, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Errata:
    Row 4: K2, *k4tog (3 yo loops + a st) ; rep from * to last 6 sts; k4tog (3 yo loops + st), k2.
    KNIT 3 should be inserted into the space.
    Same with Row 8:
    Row 8: K4, *k4tog (3 yo loops + a st) ; rep from * to last 8 sts; k4tog (3 yo loops + st), k4.
    Insert KNIT 3

    Lovely stitch pattern. Thank you so much.

  8. Anna Sargent October 10, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Oh, computer did not allow showing spaces.
    I have inserted stars which should be the mentioned space.
    Row 4: K2, *k4tog (3 yo loops + a st) *********; rep from * to last 6 sts; k4tog (3 yo loops + st), k2.
    and
    Row 8: K4, *k4tog (3 yo loops + a st) ********* ; rep from * to last 8 sts; k4tog (3 yo loops + st), k4.

    • Alina October 11, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you so much, dear Anna, for your input!!!

  9. Sarah Turnbull August 15, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Hello Alina, What a detailed tutorial! I hope to try handknitting the tuck stitch sometime. I wonder, what does it look like on the “wrong” side? Yhank you, Sarah

    • Sarah Turnbull August 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Oop, I mean “thank you”.

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