Add Chevrons to Your Knitting: The Zig Zag Knitting Stitch
Have you noticed all those chevron-patterned curtains and rugs lately? Chevrons aren’t just for home décor. Learn how to knit the zig zag stitch — sometimes called the chevron stitch — and you can knit chevrons into garments, or just add a zig zag border to something you already own.
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Before you knit the zig zag stitch, you’ll need to make sure you have a couple of things under your belt — or your needles, as us knitters might say. Check out the slip, slip, knit (SSK) tutorial and the knit two together (k2tog) tutorial and make sure your skills are solid before trying this zig zag stitch.
Here’s how the zig zag stitch pattern is written:
Cast on a multiple of 14 + 2
Row 1 and all odd rows: Purl.
Row 2 and all even rows: K1, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 *Knit into the front and back of the next 2 stitches, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4* Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, K1.
Let’s try it! Cast on a multiple of 14, plus two more stitches. I cast on 30 stitches for my swatch.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: Knit the first stitch. Knit into the front and back of the next stitch. To do this, knit the stitch as you normally would but don’t drop it off the left needle.
Stick your needle into the back of the same stitch you just knit. It should look like this:
Knit into the back of the stitch and drop it from the left needle.
Knit 4. SSK, referring to the SSK tutorial if you need help. Remember that the ssk decreases stitches and makes them lean to the left.
K2tog, referring to the K2tog tutorial if you’re stuck. Remember that the k2tog decreases stitches to make them lean to the right. This combined with the SSK above will help form the rising point of each zig zag.
Continue to follow the pattern as written above. The pattern will repeat the stitches shown in the photos, just in a different order.
Repeat these two rows to continue the zig zag pattern. It may be hard to see the zig zag when you first start. You may not start to notice it until you have knitted at least 4 rows.
You may also change colors at the beginning of a new row if you’d like. The zig zag is much more visible –and fun — if you alternate colors like I did.
How to Use the Zig Zag Knitting Stitch
You can knit the zig zag as a border, or you can knit an entire item in the chevron pattern. Use as many colors as you’d like. The possibilities are endless!
The zig zag stitch looks great on nearly anything. Grab this free Lacy Zig Zag Shawl pattern to sport your zig zags as a beautiful open-work wrap. Or try the Zig Zag Pouch pattern to make an accessory to store your smaller treasures in.
Are you a fan of zig zags? Check out the zig zags on the socks you’ll make if you enroll in Donna Druchunas’s Knit Sock Workshop.