Chinese Knot Stitch

Chinese Knot Stitch is still one of my favorite stitches. It was one of the first hand-manipulated stitches (HMS) that I developed and it represents a fusion of my years as a hand weaver and my introduction to the knitting machine. It is shown in black and white on page 110 of Hand-Manipulated Stitches and in color on page 25 of More HMS. There are also stitch charts in those texts.

Much like cables, the stitches change places, but in this case they weave through each other, rather than crossing. As you can see in the first video (above), I pair a 2-prong transfer tool with a latch tool, rather than using two 2-prong tools.

The two right-most stitches are removed on the transfer tool and then the latch tool weaves through them, over and under, to catch the stitch on the third needle. That stitch is released from its needle and pulled through the other two. Then it is placed on the first needle at the right.

Next, weave the latch tool through the two stitches again, but go over (or in front of) the stitch you passed behind the last time and then pull the 4th stitch through and placer it on the second needle.

Finally, return the two stitches from the transfer tool to the remaining two empty needles at left.

Depending on the yarn and the stitch size, you might be able to pull all of this off without having to change the size of the stitches. My experience has been that when the stitches are too small, the effect is more of an ugly little knot on the surface of the fabric, rather than a decorative knot, which is what we are after.

In the video, I enlarged the stitches by knitting them all the way back to the rail, which might be a bit of over-kill. Chances are you could just enlarge them a bit by increasing the stitch size on the carriage (see video below – a real Blast from the Past! -to do this) or by manually knitting the needles half way back to the rail. You will need to experiment on your swatch.

If, however, you only knit needles part way back to the rail, you need to push them out to holding position (HP) before moving the carriage so that their butts do not knock/jam the carriage. When needles are knitted back flush to the rail, make sure they do not inch forward and, if they do, just push them to HP.

Theoretically, non-working position (NWP) can also be used as a holding position, but it will depend on your machine, the yarn, whether you knit them back carefully, the weather, your height and weight and your political beliefs. In short – there are no guarantees so go slowly!

Over the next few months, I plan to do many blogs highlighting the stitches and techniques from all of my books and many (if not most) of them rely on the use of Bridging. It is my Go-To technique. This new video demonstrates how Bridging is used to manually enlarge stitches, while the video below, which was released to promote my first book, focuses mainly on Bridging with the stitch dial to affect stitch size.

Bridging is essential to much of what I do on the machine so as I share various techniques with you in future blogs, return to these videos for clarification when I do not specifically call out the Bridging steps involved in those techniques.


  1. Denise Hofer on August 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I am enjoying your post (along with Videos). Thank you for reminding me about this stitching your book. Each time one of your post pops up in my email it has me wanting to spend the whole day at my knitting machine.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 29, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Thanks! Hoping to do a lot more like this, focusing on a specific stitch or method. Lots of great stitches in the current book project!

  2. Mijung on August 29, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    So inspiring! I would love to see more of this kind of intricate hand wok.
    Thanks Susan

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 29, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks! Glad you liked it.

  3. Morag Walker on August 30, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Hi Susan This is a lovely stitch. Unfortunately the sound on this video was not very good. I had it at the highest I could get. It drowned me out when I played something else but on this one it was not too good. Just thought I would let you know. Thank you for all this lovely info. Best wishes.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2017 at 6:10 am

      Thanks for letting me know. Will see if there is anything I can do.

  4. Loretta McCollough on September 13, 2017 at 11:13 am

    All of your blog posts & videos are inspiring. I always learn something and end up with my creative juices flowing. Thanks for all you do for the MK community.

    • Susan Guagliumi on September 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you! Now that summer is ending I hope I will be able to post more often!