Box stitch

The box stitch has little squares of knit and purl stitches. The stitch looks the same on the front and on the back, so it can be used for double sided projects like a scarf. This stitch is not very flexible and holds its form very well. In this article and the video below I will explain how to do the box stitch on a knitting loom.

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Knit and purl on a knitting loom

The box stitch is made by a combination of the knit stitch and the purl stitch. There are three ways to do the knit stitch on a knitting loom. For the box stitch I use the true knit stitch. In the video below I will explain how to do the true knit stitch on a knitting loom.

The true knit stitch is combined with the purl stitch. In the video I will also explain how to do the purl stitch on a knitting loom.

Video: box stitch on a knitting loom

More stitches on a knitting loom

Knit and purl are basic stitches in knitting. Once you know how to do these stitches there are several beautiful combinations you can make with knit or purl. Look HERE for other stitches on a knitting loom, using knit of purl stitches.

Box stitch pattern

For the box stitch you can cast on with any cast on stitch you like. Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches. This means the number of stitches you cast on can be divided by the number 4. Once your knitwork is finished you can also cast off with any stitch you like.

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For the box stitch start knitting two knit stitches, then two purl stitches, two knit stiches and so on until the end of the row.

Row 2 is the same as the first row. So if you have ended the first row with two purl stitches, you start the second row with two purl stitches again. On top of every purl stitch, you knit another purl stitch in the second row. On top of every knit stitch, you knit another knit stitch in the second row.

In row 3 the pattern is the other way around. If you have ended row 2 with two knit stitches, you start the third row with two purl stitches.

So on top of every purl stitch in the second row, you knit a knit stitch in the third row. On top of every knit stitch in the second row you knit a purl stitch in the third row.

Row 4 is the same as the third row. So if you have ended the third row with two knit stitches, you start the fourth row with two knit stitches again. On top of every purl stitch, you knit another purl stitch in the fourth row. On top of every knit stitch, you knit another knit stitch in the fourth row.

In row 5 you start the pattern again from row 1.