How to knit the Hills stitch

from Annalisa Chelli - 13 July 2019

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

Hi, the compilation of knit stitches continues! Today, we’re going to try our hand at the Hills stitch. It’s a cute name, don’t you think? We’ve taken the name from the Italian stitch ‘Collinette’. It’s an hills stitch that’s ideal for little girls’ dresses or even a shawl to wrap around your shoulders, on a chilly evening after dinner.

How to knit the Hills stitch

For the hills stitch, we’ve chosen a 100% cotton tape, the Sailorman yarn. There are loads of colours in the collection but as the summer holidays are just around the corner, we can’t stop thinking about the sea, so we went for the colour Cobalt. Take a dive into the deep blue sea!

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It’s worked on a multiple of 12.

The stockinette stitches at the sides of the motif are not shown on the pattern or in the explanation.

1st row: k2tog, + 1YO, K2, k2tog, 2YO, 1 pass, K2, 1 YO, 1 pass + k2tog *always rep from * to * finish off working from + to +.

2nd row: + P3, p2tog-b, 1 YO, K1 in 1st YO, P1 in 2nd YO, 1 YO, p2tog. P2 + *P1 work from + to +, finish off with P1.

3rd row: K1, * + K1, k2tog, 1 YO, K4, 1 YO, 1 pass + K3 * finish off working from + to +, K2.

4th row: + p3tog-b, 1 YO, P1, 1 YO, P4, 1 YO, P1, 1 YO, +, p3tog, work from + to +*, finish off with p3tog.

5th row: 1 YO, * + 1 pass, K2, 1YO, 1 pass, k2tog, 1 YO, K2, k2tog +, 2 YO, * finishing off working from + to +, 1 YO

6th row: P1, + 1 YO, p2tog, P6, p2tog-b, 1 YO +, * K1 in 1st YO, P1 in 2nd YO, work from + to + *, finish off with P1.

7th row: K1, * + K1, 1 YO, 1 pass K4,  k2tog, 1 YO, +, K3 *, finish off working from + to +, K2.

8th row: + P2, 1 YO, p3tog, p3tog-b, 1 YO, P1, 1 YO, P1 +, * P1, work from to + to *, finish off with P1.

9th row: rep from 1st row.

Pattern hills stitich

Start with the part that comes before the 1st asterisk, rep from * to * for all the row and finish off with the part after the 2nd asterisk.

How to knit the Hills stitch

If you’d like to learn another hills knit stitch, using tapes again but wider ones, why not try out the Drop Stitch Garter.

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