Little check stitch, January week 2

Well I must admit I looked at the picture of this stitch and thought, I’m not going to enjoy this, it looks like a basket weave stitch which means a fair bit of back and forth with the yarn. I am not a massive fan of a rib stitch, especially 1*1 I tend to adapt any pattern to 2*2 at least. There’s a brilliant Elizabeth Zimmerman quote about knitting rib for as long as you can stand it and surprisingly that will be how long the ribbing should be. Of course I have looked for this quote and it can’t be found. I start to doubt myself, as happens when I’ve been searching for a citation for four days, and maybe in fact it was from a Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee (Yarn Harlot) book. If anyone know what I’m talking about please feel free to drop me a line in the comments.

This stitch however is not a chore. In fact it might be a bit of a new favourite of mine. You do swap between knit and purl every five stitches on one side, but

on the other you just do all knit or all purl depending where you are in the pattern.

So here’s the pattern,

Cast on a multiple of 10 stitches and 5 extra stitches.

Row 1: *k5, p5, rep to last 5 stitches, k5

Row 2: p

Repeat last two rows twice more then row 1 again.

Row 8: (note now the pattern moves to the even numbered rows) k5, *p5, k5 rep from* to end.

Row 9: k

Repeat last 2 rows twice more, then row 8 again.

I found this pattern in ‘The Knitting Book.’ by Patmore and Haffenden Dorling Kindersley 2011. Which I can really recommend as a starting book, with a useful stitch dictionary section at the back.

Little check stitch, January week 2

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