Fur Stitch

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Fur Stitch - Stitch Sample
Image: Fur Stitch - From Above

Fur Stitch - Stitch Sample
Image: Fur Stitch - From The Side

The fur stitch, also known as loop stitch creates a very rich and soft fabric, suitable mostly for homeware projects, such as pillow and sofa covers and rugs.

There are several variations and knitting techniques for making the loops and the instructions below reflect the technique we found worked best for us. It resulted in a steady fabric height of around 3 cm (1.18"). If you have another favorite fur stitch technique, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll add it to the instructions. Also, check the Tunnel Stitch, which is also based on the fur stitch technique.

Difficulty level: Advanced


Cast on as many stitches as you need + 2 edge stitches.

All rows in the chart are right side rows. Work as follows: knit the foundation row (F) once only and purl the corresponding wrong side row. After that work row 1 on the right side and purl all rows on the wrong side.

Fur Stitch - Knitting Chart

Symbol Key

- edge stitch

- knit 1

- make 1 loop - knit 1, but don't slip the stitch off the left-hand needle. The yarn should stay to the back of your right-hand needle. With your left thumb wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle once - it should end up at the back of the needle again. Knit 1 in the same stitch and slip off the entire 3 in 1 stitch on to the right-hand needle. Now slip the last stitch you knit onto the left-hand needle and pull the yarn over off the right-hand needle with your left thumb and your index finger, until your loop reaches the desired length. Next, knit 1 in the stitch you slipped on the left-hand needle, slip it off on the right-hand needle (the loop should "hang" between these two stitches) and pass the first stitch over it to "seal" the loop you made.

- slip the hanging loop on the left-hand needle and purl together with the next stitch. The loop should still remain loose, so you can form the tunnel.

Traditional Instructions

Foundation Row (RS): edge st, knit across to last st, edge st
Foundation Row (WS): edge st, purl across to last st, edge st
Row 1: edge st, make loops across to last st, edge st
Row 2: edge st, purl across to last st, edge st

Repeat rows 1 through 2.