The Ladder Stitch

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The Ladder Stitch is a beautiful knit stitch pattern that works wonderfully for shawls and summer garments. Add a little interest to any project by incorporating the ladder stitch into an edge.

I’ll walk you through how to create this fun knit stitch with my detailed step-by-step tutorial.

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The Ladder Stitch: Easy Knit Stitch Pattern

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What to make with the Ladder Stitch

The Ladder stitch is a fun open knit stitch. It works great as an accent stitch in summer garments, a beautiful shawl or a swimsuit cover-up. 

Knit Stitch Bundle

This easy knit stitch is part of a fun stitch exploration. You can find all 10 stitches here.

Or grab the convenient PDF bundle with all stitch patterns here.

Before You Start


  • 4.5 mm / US 7 knitting needles. I use circular needles for convenience, but you can use straight needles. Confused about all these types of knitting needles? Here’s a complete overview that will answer all your questions.
  • Worsted weight Zeeman Royal yarn (100% acrylic, 241m / 254yd, 100g)
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends

Because the yarn I used is not available everywhere, and I know how painful it is to try to find equivalent yarn which will give you the same effect I have selected a few equivalent yarns for you. I haven’t tried them out myself, but they look so pretty, check them out!

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The pattern is written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square. 

You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size. The pattern needs a multiple of 6 + 4 number of stitches. 


The gauge for this pattern, in stitch pattern is 18.5 st by 17 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”). 

Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about knitting gauge.

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Abbreviations & Instructions

  • st = stitch
  • k = knit (k2 means knit 2 stitches)
  • p = purl
  • yo = yarn over
  • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together = single right leaning decrease
  • ssk = slip 2 stitches knitwise, knit them through the back loop = single left leaning decrease

Repeat instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row. 

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >. 

Click here to purchase the PDF with all 10 knit stitches

The Actual Stitch Pattern

  • Cast on 28 stitches. 

  • Row 1: k2, [k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1] until last 2 st, k2. closeup of a knitting needle working on the ladder knit stitch pattern

  • Row 2: k2, purl until last 2 st, k2 

  • Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you reach 15 cm / 6”. Ladder knit stitch pattern zoomed in for details

  • Finish with 2 knit rows. 
    Cast off and weave in the ends. 

Blocking & Assembly

You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends. 

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly. Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

The Ladder Stitch: Easy Knit Stitch Pattern
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