Fancy Knitting Stitch: Bamboo Stitch

This is a fun variation of the classic rib stitch: the Bamboo Stitch 🎋 it is perfect for cuffs, bottom edges and collars on sweaters, or even to be worked as it is.

Needless to say how easy this stitch is to make!

The Bamboo Stitch is an easy knitting stitch that even confident beginner knitters can try. This knitting stitch is similar to a ribbing stitch and it creates a vertical design that reminds of bamboo canes with their typical horizontal stripes. This stitch is great to use on sweater collars and cuffs.

Bamboo Stitch

The swatch you see in the picture has been made using size 4 mm / US 6 Beechwood Knitting Needles (you can choose the right needle size adjusting to your yarn and tension) and BettaKnit’s Re-Cashmere, a soft yarn that is composed of 95% recycled cashmere and 5% virgin wool and obtained through an extremely advanced process that gives new life to old cashmere fibers. How cool is it? Not to mention, good for our planet! 🌎

What are the stitches and techniques you need to know?

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Yarn over

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Bamboo Stitch Tutorial

Cast on an even number of stitches.

Row #1 (RS= right side):
  • Knit 1 stitch, *yarn over, knit 2 stitches, pass the yarn over stitch over the 2 knit stitches*.
  • Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Knit the last stitch.
Row #2 (WS= wrong side):

Purl row.


Continue knitting repeating Rows 1 and 2.

Bamboo Stitch Chart

The Bamboo Stitch chart is an easy-level knitting chart, perfect for confident beginner knitters who want to practise their knitting chart reading. The bamboo design is created working on a multiple of 2 + 2 stitches and repeating 2 rows only. You will need to know how to knit, purl, yarn over and how to pass a stitch over more stitches.

Let us know in the comment section below what you’re going to knit using this stitch and share your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #bettaknit!