The nupp stitch is a quick method for making a cluster of stitches that pop out of your knitted fabric. The nupp stitch is used a lot in lace patterns, such as “Flan” by Heather Zopetti, to make flower buds, or berry motifs. It’s not as big or bulbous as a bobble, but it still adds a bumpy dimension to handknits that is quite charming! In this tutorial we are going to show you how to knit the nupp stitch so you can add it to your knitting playbook.
We found that lace tip knitting needles, such as our addi Lace, worked the best for this kind of stitch. The finer brass needle point is able to get under a cluster of stitches much easier than a bamboo or more rounded knitting needle tip.
Let’s get started!
To make a nupp stitch, you are essentially taking one stitch, increasing it to five stitches, then on the next row decreasing it back to one stitch. In doing so create a glob of stitches, i.e nupp.
Begin working the nupp stitch. Insert your right hand needle into the stitch and knit without slipping the worked stitch off the left hand needle.
Knit into the same stitch, still leaving the worked stitch on the LH needle.
Knit again into the same stitch, this time slipping it off. You should see five stitches out of that one stitch.
At the end of the row you’ll see that the stitches that will make your nupps are much closer together than the rest of the stitches.
When you get to that cluster of stitches on the next row, you’re going to purl all five together (p5tog). This is where it really helps to have a finer needle tip that can easily catch all the stitches.
Here’s what the back of your nupp stitches look like:
And here’s what the look like on the front! So cool!
The nupp stitch is an easy embellishment to add because you don’t need to alter your stitch count. If you plan to add nupps to a project, keep in mind that they use up more yarn than a plain knit stitch.