I’ve been pleased as punch with the way this month’s stitch turned out…so pretty and delicate. The best part is that it is so very easy to accomplish, with only four rows to repeat…nice! This stitch is also in the ribbing family, which makes it extremely elastic if you find yourself in need of a lacy design for a hat, socks, or a banded trim. The body of a sweater worked this way would be absolutely breathtaking! 🙂 But for now, let’s learn this pretty design while whipping up an afghan square…
In this monthly column we’re going to be working on some exciting new stitch patterns, as well as a few new techniques thrown in for good measure. My intention for our yarn play is to provide all the know-how for you to be able to work the new stitch; any charts, photos, or videos you may need; as well as a pattern to create an 8” x 8” square. As we go along in our looming journey, we should be able to create lovely pieced afghans with our squares, as I like to know that we’re going somewhere while swatching, don’t you? You can think of it as our Stitch Sample Afghan—a stitch dictionary right at your fingertips, keeping your legs warm, lol. 😉 To find all the previous stitches in this column, simply click here.
Zig Zag Eyelet Rib Square
Loom: Authentic Knitting Board Adjustable Hat Loom: 2 rounded pieces + 3 peg connectors, with pegs in all holes for a 3/8” gauge. The Sock Loom 2 or the All-n-One Loom could also be used.
Yarn: approx. 75 yards Worsted Weight (Sample uses Berroco Vintage aquae)
Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors. (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter, and blocking pins)
To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 6—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.
For flat pieces of a greater size, simply increase the number of Repeating Pattern Rows inside the garter stitch edges for the length and width required, then complete with the Finishing Rows. The border edges may need to also be increased to coordinate with the number of increased Repeating Pattern Rows.
When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.
*For ease in reading the pattern’s directions below, the steps involving eyelets are placed inside brackets [ ] to let you know that they are all accomplished on just two pegs.
There are two ways of creating eyelets for this pattern: the Knit 2 Together (k2tog) for a right leaning eyelet worked as a knit, and the Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk) for a left leaning eyelet worked as a knit. The following dictates how to work these stitches as you will find them in the stitch pattern:
[yo, k2tog]: Work over 2 pegs: Move the loop from the yo peg to the k2tog peg. Using the working yarn, e-wrap the empty yo peg, and the k2tog peg. Knit off the bottom 2 loops as one on the k2tog peg.
[ssk, yo]: Work over 2 pegs: Move the loop from the yo peg to the ssk peg. Using the working yarn, e-wrap the ssk peg and the empty yo peg. Knit off the bottom 2 loops as one on the ssk peg.
Repeating Pattern Rows
Here are the Repeating Pattern Rows for the stitch itself, based on the chart above:
Row 1: p1, yo, k2tog, p1, k2.
Row 2: k2, p1, k2, p1.
Row 3: p1, ssk, yo, p1, k2.
Row 4: k2, p1, k2, p1.
Here is the entire pattern chart for the 8” x 8” square:
Everything you need to know about knitting your square is included in the above chart. Believe it or not, you can actually create your square without looking at another thing! For help with reading charts, please see the Stitchology I post for a detailed explanation, and you’ll be ready to go!
But, don’t worry…I am also providing you with the step by step instructions below. 😉
Step by Step Instructions:
Cast onto your loom from left to right, using a total of 36 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On)
Set Up Rows
Row 1: p36.
Row 2: k36.
Row 3: p36.
Main Pattern Rows
Row 4: k4, *p1, yo, k2tog, p1, k2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 5: p2, k2, *p1, k2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 6: k4, *p1, ssk, yo, p1, k2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 7: Repeat Row 5.
Rows 8-59: Repeat Rows 4-7.
Row 60: k2, p32, k2.
Row 61: p2, k32, p2.
Row 62: k2, p32, k2.
Bind off all stitches loosely. (Sample uses the Basic Bind Off) Weave in ends and trim close to work.
Block to an 8” x 8” measurement.
If you are intending this square to be part of an afghan, you may wish to make up to 3 or 4 additional squares. We will be sharing at least 24 of these patterns for you to use in your blanket. Use the following general measurements to decide how many of each of the 8″ x 8″ squares you will need, rounding up as necessary:
- Baby Blanket: 30″ x 36″
- Children: 42″ x 48″
- Lapghan: 36″ x 48″
- Twin Bed Afghan: 60″ x 85″
- Queen Bed Afghan: 90″ x 95″
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a note for Bethany Dailey below in the comments! 🙂