Watch how to knit the loop stitch (video & written pattern)

I bet you've never seen anything like Loop Stitch! This stitch pattern is perfect for knitted home decor: a Loop Stitch pillow would make a great accent and a whole blanket is a surefire way to make a statement. Loop Stitch is also great to use in moderation (rather than as an all-over stitch pattern) when adding a decorative edge or panel to another knit project. What I really like about this stitch is that it's completely unique. It's hard to tell it's even knit!
There are a few different ways to hold your loop when knitting this stitch. Depending on if you knit English style or Continental, or some hybrid of the two, your finger position may change. There really is no right way to do it, as long as you’re making a loop. Also, in the video tutorial below, the knitter makes a Loop Stitch on every other stitch and uses pass-stitch-over decrease, but you can also knit every stitch as a loop and use the k2tog tbl decrease as written below.
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Watch the Loop Stitch video tutorial from Wool and the Gang:
Materials
Yarn in any weight
Knitting needles in the size indicated on your yarn label
Abbreviations
co - cast on
k - knit
k2tog - knit 2 together
p - purl
sl - slip
sts - stitches
tbl - through the back loop
Pattern
Loop Stitch can be worked over any number of stitches. The following pattern demonstrates how to create Loop Stitch across a 12 stitch row.
co 12 sts
Rows 1 and 2: k all sts
Row 3: k1, * insert right-hand needle in st and wrap yarn around needle as if to knit, but also wrap yarn around your left thumb in front of the work and bring the tail of the working yarn to the back of your work, keeping the loop around your finger (adjust the length of your loop by gently pulling the belly of the loop forward or the tail end of it back); while holding the loop in place, k1 into the same st (2 sts created); sl these 2 new sts back to the left-hand needle and k2tog tbl; repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 4: p all sts
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Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until piece reaches desired length. Knit one ridge of garter stitch before binding off.

With this tip, you can breeze through the chore and get started on your project.
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