Sometimes you just want a little texture to your knitting.

When making the fabric for my baby shoes, I used an iron-on interfacing to firm up the fabric version. For the knitted version, I wanted a stitch pattern that was more “shoe-like”. I immediately thought of tuck.

As it turned out, the shoes are so tiny, and my yarn was pretty thick, so I didn’t need tuck, but it took me down a path looking at different variations on the humble 1×1 tuck. I love 1×1 tuck because it can be worked on any machine, no programming necessary!

Here are 3 variations, I’ll bet you’ll be surprised (as I was) to compare the knit side of these tuck samples)

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In this sample, you are tucking every other needle and tucking on every row.  The fabric is quite dense, but look at the interesting columns of knit stitches!

If you search “tuck” in the Learning Library, you’ll find over 30 tutorials about this versatile technique.


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This time, alternate the tucked needles again, but add a plain row of knitting between.  This makes a much less dense fabric, and IMHO (in my humble opinion) the knit side looks best!


For some tuck “eye candy” take a look at tuck in the Stitch Library – imagine all the variations!

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Tuck the same needles every other row …. wow!  I can see the knit side of this substituting for ribbing.  There isn’t any stretch, but the look would be a great contrast to plain ‘ol stockinette or reverse stockinette.