Reversible knitting is great for items such as scarves, shawls, and blankets. Most of the time, we tend to think of reversible stitch patterns in solid textured patterns or double knitting, but by using the slipping and sliding method, we can easily get beautiful colored patterns on both sides!
This pattern is from a book I discovered in my local library years ago when searching for reversible stitch patterns. Reversible Two-Color Knitting by Jane F Neighbors. It is now out of print, but if you click on the photo below, you’ll find several copies available at Amazon (and by the way, this is an affiliate link…). It is truly a fascinating way to knit with hundreds of patterns to explore.
She breaks the patterns into categories: true reversible, alternate reversible, upside down reversible, mirror reversible, unlike reversible, and opposite reversible. Most, but not all, are worked with slip stitches. The pattern here is one labeled alternate reversible and uses slip stitches and a double strand of yarn for the darker color.
This type of knitting requires a double point needle or circular needle, although the piece is knit flat. Alternating every other row, the work is either turned as usual at the end of rows, or stitches are slid to the other end, as in I-cord.
For ease in learning this technique, I am labeling the two colors dark and light as she does in her book, but if you choose to use two colors of less contrast, you may want to note the color used in each row until you catch on to the pattern.
Woven Check pattern
worked over a multiple of 4 sts plus 2.
Note: The dark color is double stranded.
Cast on with light – turn.
Row 1: Light, p1, *k2, p2; rep from *, end k1. – slide.
Row 2: Dark, sl 1 wyif, *slip 2 wyib, sl 2 wyif; rep from *, end sl 1 wyib – turn.
Row 3: Light, rep Row 1 – slide.
Row 4: Dark, rep Row 2 – turn.
Row 5: Light, k1, *p2, k2, rep from *, end p1 – slide.
Row 6: Dark, sl 1 wyib, *sl 2 wyif, sl 2 wyib; rep from *, end sl 1 wyif – turn.
Row 7: Light, rep Row 5 – slide.
Row 8: Dark, rep Row 6 – turn.
Rep Rows 1-8 for pattern.