I found this stitch pattern in a book I got for Christmas: 750 Knitting Stitches. I decided to try it out because I have two baby blankets to make this year, and it looked like a simple, cute, and cozy stitch pattern to use for one of them. (I ended up going a different way with it—crochet hexagons—but I do like this stitch pattern. It’s squishy and pretty stretchy.)
A quick note: this stitch does like to roll/curl, just like stockinette. (I did not block mine and had trouble getting it to lie flat.)
What you need:
- US size 8 needles
- worsted weight acrylic yarn
Skills you need:
- k = knit
- p = purl
- sl1p = slip 1 purlwise
Gauge: 5 sts per inch. (This stitch has a much tighter gauge than stockinette—stockinette is usually 4-4.25 sts per inch on size 8 needles. It therefore requires more stitches to make the 7 inch block width.)
Cast on 39 stitches.
Row 1: k1, sl1p, *k3, sl1p, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: p1, sl1p, *p3, sl1p, repeat from * to last st, p1.
Row 3: *k3, sl1p, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4: *p3, sl1p, repeat from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Repeat these 4 rows until block measures 9 inches from cast on edge.
Last row: knit and bind off all stitches (do not slip any stitches).
Sew all ends under.