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Michael Richman, Owner & Operator, The Knitty Gritty NYC


853 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY, 10031
United States


The Knitty Gritty NYC the home of my custom knitwear shop.  I create custom, one of a kind knitwear accessories, apparel, as well as custom dyed yarns.  I also offer a gallery of stitches for knitters looking for inspiration, private in person knitting lessons in New York as well as other knitting resources through my personal knitting blog.

Herringbone Stitch


My blog chronicles my numerous knitting projects and my pursuit for more knitting knowledge.  To go where no self-taught, male, gay, culturally jewish, professional dancing, opera singing knitter has ever gone before!  I love saturated colors, mustaches and beards, boots, soft yarn, cute men, abstract & pop art, and  

Herringbone Stitch

The Knitty Gritty NYC

It is pure potential. Every ball or skein of yarn holds something inside it, and the great mystery of what that might be can be almost spiritual.
— Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Knitting Rules!

Manos Del Uruguay Maxima Dandelion

     Many months ago I bought this yarn.  I saw it online and it struck me.  The color combinations were hypnotic almost and when it arrived I fell even more in love with it!  However this brought up a MAJOR issue with knitting enthusiasts...Beautiful yarn; no project.  

     With that in mind I spent MONTHS gazing at it in the drawer with the others.  I even went out and bought other yarn that could potentially be used with it but every time I started knitting with it I didn't feel any pattern did this gorgeous yarn justice! NOTHING!   Until now. 

     I've stared at numerous stitches and projects as potential inspiration for what this yarn deserved and after awhile they all started looking the same!  Until I discovered a beautiful pattern on another knitting blog,  A Herringbone Cowl. It was love at first sight....knitting wise. (John my partner understands...right honey?)  I immediately rallied my energy to test this stitch out and I was pleasantly surprised by the out come.

herringbone stitch variegated

     What I LOVE about the herringbone stitch and variegated yarns is how each stitch and its unique color is highlighted. After so much knitting, staring at the tradition knits and purls get boring and tiresome.  This stitch creates a fresh, almost non-knitted look with a beautifully smooth texture.  I'm using Manos Del Uruguay Maxima Yarn which is 100% Merino Wool in the color Dandelion.  

     It's important to note that when knitting this stitch you will want to use needles that are slightly larger.  Typically I use US No. 8 or 9 with Manos Maxima, but for this stitch I'm using  No. 11s.  You can go as high as 13s with a worsted weight yarn and it will create a looser more pleasing stitch.  The recommended needles for worst weight will make your project incredibly tight, which you may want too.  


   Here are some directions for knitting Herringbone on straight needles so you can experience it for yourself.   For wonderful directions on how to knit this stitch in the round click here.


Multiple of 2.

1st row: K2tog tbl (Knit 2 together through the back loops) dropping only first loop off left needle. *k2tog tbl (the remaining stitch and next stitch), again dropping only the first loop off needle.  Repeat from * to last stitch, k1 tbl.

2nd row: P2tog dropping only first loop off left needle. *p2tog (the remaining stitch and next stitch), again dropping only the first loop off needle.  Repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Knit 2 Through the Back Loops

Knit 2 Through the Back Loops

Slipping First Loop Off the Left needle

Slipping First Loop Off the Left needle