Three Step Stitch On a Round Loom Pic, Text and Video Tutorial

Three Step Stitch on a Round Loom

Three Step Stitch

The Three Step Stitch is the best looking loom knitting boo-boo I have ever seen. I first saw this stitch on Karen Aicken’s Pinterest board.  Zoe MacLean created this beauty when she got confused on how to knit the Mock Crochet stitch. I just love it when things like this happen, don’t you. Especially because some people think only perfection works wonders.

Yet some of this worlds best creations are a result of human (the best creation EVER) error.Like sticky notes and chocolate chips great creations stand alone as ingenious products. To the point that the average person never finds out the original intent of the creator.

Thanks Zoe, I wait anxiously to see your next wrong turn. And without further ado… lets break down the Three Step Stitch in Four Easy to Follow Steps.

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Step by Step Instructions for the Three Step Stitch

Three Step Stitch Slouch Beanie HatZoe knits this stitch very loosely. This gives a more elongated look.  I prefer to tighten mine especially if I’m using a thin yarn.  This gives the stitch more of a “tulip” look. Such was the case with the slouchy I made using the Darice Loom which is a large gauge loom and Caron Simply Soft worsted weight yarn in a Light Blue.  I thought it made for the perfect Spring / Summer hat.

You can also consider trying thin yarn using the technique of Knitting with Two Strands as One.

Note that in this article and the corresponding video I will be explaining how to do ONLY THE THREE STEP STITCH. This is not a pattern so I begin the lesson with the first step for the stitch.

As far as the direction of your knitting, it is not relevant. You can be knitting clock-wise or counter clock-wise the instructions remain the same.


First things First – I will say ” Knit Off ” after every step – below is a picture of what “Knit-Off” looks like.

Three Step Stitch



Step 0.

Find the PEG with the working yarn. Lets call it PEG 2. Consequently that makes the peg to the right of it PEG 1 and the peg to the left of it PEG 3.

Very Important: PEG 2 will always be the peg with the working yarn at the start of every stitch


Three Step Stitch


Step 1.

Wrap your working yarn around PEG 1 – knit off.

Three Step Stitch


Step 2.

Wrap your working yarn around PEG 1 and PEG 2 ( yarn “across” both pegs not e-wrap ) – knit off.

Three Step Stitch

Step 3.

Wrap your working yarn around PEG 1, PEG 2, And PEG 3 ( yarn “across” ALL pegs ) – knit off.

Three Step Stitch

Repeat as many times as necessary. The Three Step stitch is time-consuming but it makes such long stitch that you knit less rows. You can finish a hat after just 6 – 8 rows of knitting of the Three Step Stitch after the brim.

Hope you like this stitch as much as I did. Feel free to leave me any questions or comments in the section below.



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Three Step Stitch


Video Tutorial for the Three Step Stitch

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Comments: 59

  1. Angela van Bemmelen September 14, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Great tutorial, I have made a beautiful sweater with this stitch

  2. Anonymous June 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Just new at looming. Never thought I would be doing this. Love it, so relaxing.Would love any input you can give me. Have got two other ladies also looming now. So far I have made a infinity scarf and a hat with a pom pom . All turned out great. Thanks s to all. Sherr

  3. Gladys April 7, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Would you please start from the very, very beginning so that I may learn how you made this project. Thank you.

    • Denise Canela April 8, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Gladys, this is not per say a “project” – I’m only showing you the stitch. YOUR project determines the cast-on (start). Here is a post that better explains: Click HERE

  4. Melanie December 29, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Do you have a tutorial on how to cast on and bind off for this stitch? It is a lovely stitch and I can hardly wait to try it.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Denise Canela December 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Melanie the cast on and bind off are not determined by the stitch but by the intended pattern – Here is some information: Click HERE

  5. Cathy December 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Could you show a pattern for this stitch using a long loom to make a scarf? I am new to all of this and need step by step directions. Your instructions are the best!!!

  6. Keri November 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Can this stitch be done on a straight loom going back and forth instead a round loom??

    • Denise Canela November 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Yes – just add edges – when you turn it’s like you started from the very beginning

      • Anonymous November 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

        How would I add edges… Not sure if I understand….. I’m visual.. Is there a video I can watch?

  7. Julia Brereton November 16, 2015 at 1:31 am

    I want to learn different hats, scarves it seams everything doesn’t go into how to do it..

  8. Lisa November 15, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Great tutorial. I can’t wait to try it. I’m a visual learner. You are a good teacher.

  9. SnarkyDabbler November 15, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I love this! I just made a mini version on the small loom for my daughter’s American Girl doll and it’s perfect! I want to make one for myself too! I have one question (as I didn’t pay much attention to the tiny hat): Does this stich take significantly more or less yarn than a basic ewrap stich? Thank you!

    • Denise Canela November 16, 2015 at 7:56 am

      I would say that it’s a bit more then the eWrap – but it’s much quicker .. I like quickier 🙂

  10. kelly September 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Wonderful video and tutorial. Can you use a heavier weight yarn for this project?

    • Denise Canela September 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Yes Kelly ! and it will look awesome !

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  12. Alaiye Agemo April 23, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I am falling in love! These stitches are totally beautiful! ( and when I learn them that will be totally awesome):-)!

    • Denise Canela April 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Practice makes perfect – I promise 🙂

  13. Charles Arseneault April 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Hello, I like your three step stich very much. Can we do this on a rectangular loom. Thank you.

    • Denise Canela April 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Charles I didn’t create this stitch – it was created by Zoe Mclean. I have no idea how this pattern would work as a flat panal or on a double rack loom which is what the rectangular loom is, sorry.

    • Anonymous November 21, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      That was my question too…. Has anyone tried to figure it out on a rectangular loom?

  14. Connie March 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I have one question. To get started are you e-wrapping the loom once and then beginning the three step stich? I want to do this but I am curious as how to start the pattern. Thank you.

    • Denise Canela March 12, 2015 at 8:51 am

      The start of a project depends on the project. In general a Chain cast-on and a few rows of the Garter Stitch work well with this stitch.

  15. Francisca Brandreth February 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hello I am bedridden and like to take up a new craft every year this yr looming. Thank you very very much as people like me whilst like watching the video we like some thing written to refer to. I can’t thank you enough for all your great work

    • Denise Canela February 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you for the Thank you Francisca I really appreciate it !

  16. Kelly January 13, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I love the look & how easy! I wanted to make a cowl on the yellow kk, wat cast on & wat cast off would u use? Tia

  17. JEnnifer January 8, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hey I was wondering if you have or could do a video of this stick on the long loom…..

    • Denise Canela January 10, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Hey Jennifer – Yes but use only one of the two rakes.

  18. Angie Lenont October 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Absolutely love the way you just taught that three knitted stitch I will be trying that and thanks again

  19. Brenda October 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    How would you make this stitch on a rectangular loom. Thanks Brenda

    • Denise Canela October 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      It would have to be single rake.. keeping the end pegs for edges you would slip that first stitch on the way forward and knit that end peg on the end. Do the same thing coming back. Should be in multiples of 3 + 2 .

  20. rachel October 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I would like to make a sweater with the three step stitch but I have to ask how would I end the stitch. im going to start with the arms then the body and how would I connect to make a sweater.

    • Denise Canela October 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Here is a link of with a picture of a lacy sweater ( I consider the TSS to be a lacy stitch you will have to switch over to a give the edges some type of border to sew them together ). Sonia does two different stitches on the cuffs of the sleeves. The very ends are done in a rib stitch. Click HERE

      Hope this helps,

  21. Kath Field September 30, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I’m definitely a video learner! thanks for the great tutorial, it is exactly what i have been looking for in regards to a lacy stitch!

    • Denise Canela September 30, 2014 at 6:08 am

      You are VERY welcome!
      denise 🙂

  22. Machelle August 19, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I am interested in making a shawl. I’m not sure how to increase and decrease the pattern. I looked at project 36 and that’s not much help. If you could please give instructions for doing increase and decrease.

  23. Carolyn Mathews May 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I want to make a prayer shawl on a loom using this wonderful stitch; how do I begin for a great edge on top and bottom? Love your videos, so helpful since I neither knit nor crochet!

    • Denise Canela June 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Carolyn, thanks for the question sorry for the delay. I would suggest you start and end with a Garter Stitch or just a Purl. Here is a simple and basic prayer shawl Scroll Down to Project 36 : Click Here

      • Carolyn Mathews June 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

        Thank you!

  24. terri May 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Hi, I love your videos and site. You are so easy to follow, so patient. Would you cast this off the same way you would any other stitch?

    • Denise Canela May 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Hey Terri, sorry for the delay – I made a little slochy hat with this stitch – I feel it ends well if you do the last three ways with something like a rib stitch or better yet the by Jeanie Phillips . Click the link for a pattern and a video

  25. Nancy April 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I love this!! I make and donate items to The Lydia Project and also to a local Autism Awareness program. Cannot wait to make several of these for them both!! I will be making hats on the round loom and scarves on the flat. thank you , thank you, thank you !!

    • Denise Canela April 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Nancy, you are soooooooo welcome. I love to hear from folks like you who use these tutorials to help others. Love it Love it Love it !!! Could you please tell me what do you knit for The Lydia Project – and what do you knit for Autism Awareness? I would like for others to be aware of how they can help too.

  26. barbara March 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Just curious I am fairly new to looming but is it possible to do this stitch in a flat panel?

    • Denise Canela March 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Hi Barbara, Yes you can – a couple of things to keep in mind… a great one is that you don’t need the bottom row to create the one on top. In some stitches it takes more then one row to create the stitch – not so here. But keep in mind that you need three pegs to complete the stitch. So although vertically there is no mandate – there is one horizontally. The rule is THREE PEGS.
      Hope that helps

  27. Eleanor Parker March 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    What a beautiful mistake! I am just starting the looming and am completely addicted. I can’t wait to try that stick! Since I am a newbie, I have looked at a LOT of videos and this one was easy to follow, perfectly explained. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  28. Eleanor Parker March 28, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    810 Cxxxxx Xxxxe

  29. Moonweaver March 28, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Brilliant! Gratitude for another great tutorial! Such a stunning stitch.. Blessings xXx

  30. DaFox March 26, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks for another informative post! I always love to not only see written instructions with pictures, but the videos are the best for me. I’m a visual learner and when you’re a beginner, seeing what to do while reading it, is very helpful. So thanks for being such a great teacher! I love learning new stitches that can be done on a loom!

    • Denise Canela March 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      You are VERY welcome DaFox, always love to hear from you. You’re sooooo sweet. Glad to hear my videos are of help to you.

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  32. Karen Aicken March 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Great tutorial on perfecting an ‘oops’. Love the stitch!

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