Chevron Stitch Patterns

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I wrote not long ago about Stash-Busting and organization; this time I thought I’d talk about one of my favorite stitch patterns to use with odd bits of yarn. Chevron stitch patterns are great for using up small bits of different colors and/or textures in one piece. And that makes the Chevron stitch pattern a great choice for stash-busting projects.

The Chevron stitch pattern is created by alternating increases and decreases, resulting in a zigzag effect. In fact, it is sometimes referred to as the Zigzag Stitch. An added plus and distinguishing feature is the scalloped edge that forms from the shaping. This makes a nice beginning and end to items such as scarves and throws with no extra effort. Depending on the placement of the increases and decreases, this can result in very angular edges or more rounded.

Another great feature of the Chevron stitch patterns are the seemingly endless variations. They can be knit all in Garter Stitch or alternated with Stockinette Stitch or any combination. Even the type of increase and decrease can be varied.

While Chevron stitch patterns look complicated, they really aren’t.

You’ll just need to know a few techniques:

  • knit 2 together (k2tog)- knit two stitches together
  • slip, slip, knit (ssk)- slip 1 stitch as if to knit, slip next stitch as if to knit, insert left needle into the front of the 2 stitches and knit them together
  • slipping stitches (sl)- slip stitch from left to right as if to purl without knitting the stitch
  • pass over (psso)- passing stitch(es) over another stitch
  • yarn overs (yo)- creating an extra loop on the needle
  • knitting into the front and back (kf&b) – knitting both into the front, then back of a stitch

Another decrease that is often used in Chevron stitch patterns is a double decrease. It decreases 2 stitches at once. It is made by slipping 2 stitches as if to knit, knitting 1 stitch, then passing the 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch (p2sso). This is used in the Basic Chevron below and the photo at the top of this post.

 chevron with scrap yarns

Basic Chevron

Worked over a multiple of 12 stitches plus 3.

Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, *k9, slip next 2 sts, k1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch; rep from *, end k9, k2tog, k1.

Row 2: K1, *p1, k4, (k1, yo, k1) in next st, k4; rep from *, end p1 k1.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern. Change colors every 2 rows as desired.

Here’s a variation of the same Chevron Stitch pattern where the increases and decreases are all on the same row:

Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, * k4,  (k1, yo, k1) in next st, k4, slip next 2 sts, k1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch; rep from * to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.

Row 2: Purl.

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Garter Stitch Chevron

Worked over a multiple of 11 stitches plus 2. Even rows are RS rows.

Rows 1-5: Knit

Rows 6, 8, 10,12: K1, K2tog, k2, kf&b of next 2 sts, k3, sl1, k1, psso; rep from * to end.

Rows 7, 9, 11: Purl

Both the number of garter rows and chevron rows can be altered to change the look of this one, too.

Yet another variation is the Feather and Fan stitch pattern. We see the yarn overs used as a decorative feature in Feather and Fan. Rows 3 and 4 can be repeated any number of times to add longer sections of stockinette stitch in between the chevron shaping row (Row 1).

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Feather and Fan 

Worked over a multiple of 18 stitches plus 2.

Row 1: K1, *[k2tog] 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times; rep from *, end k1.

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

I’ve dubbed this “Sally’s favorite” over the years because it IS my friend Sally’s favorite! Check out Sally’s Favorite Scarf pattern.

Coastal Knits: new Spring Knits coming soon!

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5 new designs from TSC yarns!

I’ve been working with the folks at Tahki Stacy Charles for 3 seasons now. My latest collection, Coastal Knits, is soon to be released featuring Nina, Flora, Mini-Tempo, Cotton Classic Lite and Tandem.

The first in the Coastal Knits collection, Driftwood:

Driftwood

  • Driftwood in Nina- This tunic length vest is highly textured, knit in a vertical drop stitch pattern. Alternating columns of temporary yarnovers are added every 6th row and dropped 6 rows later. It creates an interesting openwork pattern. Knit all in one piece from the bottom up in Nina, a linen cotton blend.

Ocean Lights:

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  • Ocean Lights in Flora- Just a bit of sparkle with this all in one piece knit tank. The shirt-tail hem is created with short-row shaping to add a touch of casual. It is knit all in one piece from the bottom up in a “crisp lace weight cotton studded with sequins.”

Next in the Coastal Knits lineup: Beachcomber:

beachcomber from coastal knits

  • Beachcomber in Mini-Tempo- Beachcomber is an easy to wear drape-front cardigan in a Filatura di Crosa textured and self-striping cotton blend yarn. The stitch pattern looks more complicated than it is. It’s an easy to remember 4 row repeat!

Inlet:

inlet from coastal knits

  • Inlet in Cotton Classic Lite- Quiet and classy, Inlet is all about style. The side shaping and dramatic fronts create a close fit; knit in 100% cotton.

Abalone, the last of the Coastal Knits collection:

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  • Abalone in Tandem- Sometimes it’s just all in the details! A perfect garment for spring and summer, this lace rib pullover features knit-in sleeves and a wide boat neck, making it a gem to knit! The stitch pattern is a simple one-row repeat.

All will be available through my Ravelry design page later this month (Driftwood is up now) as downloadable pdf’s. I will also be adding the kits to my online store after all the patterns are finished, so stay tuned!

Winter Woolfest 2015

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We’re gearing up here in my part of Kansas for the Winter Woolfest 2015 in just over a week from now. It’s January 17th from 10am to 4pm at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego, KS. There will be lots of vendors both upstairs and down- and classes listed starting at 10:15 and running until 3pm; most of which are free! You’ll need to get there early to sign up, though. Signup starts at 10am.

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New buttons from Wildflower Knits

Wildflower Knits will have a booth; I’ll be upstairs since this is just my second year participating. In 2014, I started doing more events, like the XRX, Inc Stitches events, so the booth has grown beyond a couple highlighted designs and tons of buttons. I’ll have kits for several new accessories, the Vests Rock! Collection, my patterns, and of course, tons of buttons at the Woolfest. I’ll also be bringing along my “bargain basket” full of needles, hooks, and accessories.

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Stratified Mitts kits available at the Woolfest

The Winter Woolfest is the brainchild of Jennifer Schermerhorn, owner of the Wicked Stitch in Wamego, KS. I recently heard her shop is closing; hopefully to give her more time to plan exciting events like this one (and continue to create her amazing fiber sculptures.) It has grown from a handful of vendors to filling both floors of the Columbian Theatre in the six years since it began. Watch  the Facebook page for Winter Woolfest 2015 in the days leading up to the Woolfest for highlights on what to see and do.

I remember the first year I participated having so much fun! It was great to see so many people that I knew from having the shop; like a surprise reunion of sorts! If you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss it. Even if you’re not that close, it’s worth the drive and just 9 miles north of I-70.

Find me in my booth, stop by and say hello; bring me a little slip of paper with your name and contact info and you’ll get entered into a special drawing- just for reading this post!