3-6 class hours.

Pleat and welt (tuck) techniques fold fabric back on itself, creating flaps and corded ridges. They can be used to add or eliminate volume, shaping a peplum or neckline, giving texture to a stitch pattern or room to walk in a skirt. Learn how to create basic left and right pleats, and see how they can be combined to form knife, boxed, and inverted pleat combinations. Learn two methods for making a tuck and how to work partial row tucks, creating all-over texture.

(Note: Intermediate knitting skills required, including a provisional cast-on).


  • 80 yards each in 2 colors (worsted weight). US 8 (5 mm) needle 24″ circular needle (or size to match yarn).
  • US 8 (5 mm) double pointed needles (or size to match yarn).\
  • 24″ circular needle 2 or 3 sizes smaller than other needle


With larger circular needle and color A, cast on 50 stitches using the provisional cast on method. Beginning with a WS row, work in stockinette stitch for 20 rows. Do not cut yarn. Place stitches on hold and bring this piece to class.

Creative Knitting Winter 2013
My design Pretty Peaks and Valleys, Creative Knitting Winter 2013.