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.
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.
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).
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.