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How to Do a Zig-Zag Stitch aka Chevron Stitch in Knitting

Learn how to do a zig-zag stitch aka chevron stitch in this knitting tutorial from Howcast.


I'm going to show you how to work a chevron stitch, which is just little mountains of reverse stockinette, set against mountains of stockinette. So here on my sample you can see that I've got this row, which is stockinette on the front and reverse stockinette on the back. Then we have the opposite, the rows of purl bumps here, for the reverse stockinette chevrons that sort of intertwine. I'm going to show you how to set that up.

I've paused here on a row where I'm going to start my next row of triangles. I kind of cheat by saying okay, this is five stitches wide, so my chevrons start with one, then they go to three, then they go to five. This one here is the center stitch in the middle of this little triangle of five. One, two, three, four, five purl bumps, which means this one here in the middle is going to be the one that changes to start the peak of my stockinette. So that's going to be one knit stitch here.

Here I go I'm going to slip my first stitch and I'm going to purl five to get over there. One, two, three, four, five purls. Now here I am on the stitch that's going to start the peak of my next stockinette chevron. So I'm going to move the yarn to the back and knit this one, and then continue to purl five. One, two, three, four, five, move the yarn and knit one. There it is lining up again, right in the middle of my peak. Continue that across the row.

You could do this in the round. You could do this as wide or as short as you want. Five, lift the yarn and knit one. Now we're going to finish out the row and I'll show you what it looks like on the other side. This is a great stitch, because it is reversible. Whatever is stockinette on this side is going to be reverse stockinette on the other side, making it completely reversible.

So here you can see the little purl bumps here that are going to begin on this side reverse stockinette chevrons. Now where there was one there needs to be three, so I'm going to knit over to there and do three purl bumps and continue across the row.

So you're building up these little chevrons of one, then three, then five. Here comes our three, one, two, three. Now I'm going to complete this across the row. On the other side, remember these three purl bumps are going to look like three Vs, three knit stitches. So on the back we're going to be turning those three knit stitches into five knit stitches.

Here we are two, three, finish that row with purls. Now we're going to look on the back and we can see the beginnings of these chevrons building up. Started with one, then three, and when I continue I would then do five, and there would only be one knit stitch in between. Then you would be reversing the process again. Once you've got five in a row of something, the center stitch is going to become the opposite pattern for the next chevron.

You can also do the same thing, but shorter triangles and you can decide which version you like or you can chart your own triangles. They could be seven wide at the base or nine, as long as you have an odd number, so that you always have a center of a peak of a triangle. Good luck with your chevrons.

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