How to Knit a Chevron Pattern

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    Once you become comfortable with the basics of knitting and purling, you may want to move on to a chevron knitting pattern. This stitch creates a zigzag look and can be used in many different projects, such as scarves, bags, and blankets. It is a rather complex stitch, though, and may require some practice to master. Read on to learn how to knit a chevron pattern.

    Things You'll Need

    • Knitting needles (any size)
    • Yarn

    Cast on a multiple of eight stitches plus one. For example, you can cast on nine, 17, 25 or 65 stitches.

    Knit your first row. You will need to knit one, purl seven, knit one. To complete the row you will alternate between purling seven and knitting one across all the remaining stitches.

    Purl one, knit seven, purl one for row two. Complete the row by alternating between knitting seven and purling one repeatedly across all remaining stitches.

    Start the third row by knitting two. Then purl five and knit two more. To complete the row, alternate between purling five and knitting three. End with purling five and knitting two.

    Work the fourth row. Purl two, knit five, purl three. To complete the row, alternate between knitting five and purling three until only seven stitches are left. Then end the row by knitting five and purling two.

    Fashion the fifth row. Knit three, purl three, knit five. Complete the row by alternating between purling three and knitting five. End with purl three and knit three.

    Create the sixth row. Purl three, knit three, purl five. Alternate between knitting three and purling five across the remaining stitches, ending with knitting three and purling three.

    Make row seven. Knit four, purl one, knit seven. Complete the row by alternating between purling one and knitting seven until you have five stitches left. End by purling one and knitting four.

    Shape the eighth row. Purl four, knit one, purl seven. Continue to alternate between knitting one and purling seven. End with knitting one and purling four to the end of the row.

    Complete the final eight rows by repeating the patterns for rows 2, 1, 4, 3, 6, 5, 8 and 7, in that order.

    Repeat rows one through 16 until your knitting is as long as you need it to be. Cast off when your chevron pattern is complete.

    • Use the chevron pattern to give simple knit or purl projects a fresh look.