I have seen Tweed Stitch Pattern under a few different names – Tweed, Pine and Parquet are just some of them. It is a very easy to knit even for beginners and produces a satisfyingly dense, soft and warm fabric.
It would be wonderful for an extra warm blanket, baby wrap or even a baby sling. Ditto for bags! I am toying with the idea of making a boxy vest or a coat using this stitch.
Tweed Stitch loves variegated yarn! The shorter repeats the better!
The fabric, knit using Tweed stitch pattern is very springy and almost resembles crochet (3 dimensional verses usual for knitting 2 dimensional stitches). The wrong side has very interesting ridges.
It has a lot less stretch comparing to the regular stockinette stitch and the finished swatch rolled up very little at the edges unlike stockinette.
The gauge was much, much tighter with this stitch. I am usually a loose knitter, but I used aran weight yarn and size 10.5 US needles for this swatch. As you knit stitches get a bit tight, especially on a wrong side row, so I would recommend using a very pointy metal knitting needle.
I do not think that Tweed Stitch Pattern is suitable for anything that you would want to drape like a scarf or shawl.
It is a real yarn eater! So before committing to a project do yourself a favor and make a swatch to figure out the amount you are going to need.
Using your favorite Cast On, cast on any number of stitches.
Slip the first stitch. Knit next 2 stitches through the back loop, drop first of the 2 stitches from your left needle and keep the second stitch on the left needle. Again knit 2 stitches though the back loop and drop the first one while keeping the second on the left needle to be knit again. Continue to the end. Knit the last 2 stitches through the back loop, drop the front stitch and knit the last stitch in the usual way – through the front loop.
In this way each stitch is really knit twice.
Slip first stitch. Purl next 2 stitches together, push the first presenting loop off your left needle while keeping the second loop on the needle. Continue in this way to the last 2 stitches. Purl the last 2 stitches together, push the first presenting loop off your left needle, purl the last stitch in the regular way.
Repeat these two rows as many times as needed.