How To Knit a Zig-Zag Column Pattern

The zigzag column pattern is a variation of the basic ribbed pattern, with a twist. The result is a funky, eye-catching pattern that pops out especially when you use bold, bright colors with it. You can apply this pattern when you knit scarves, blankets, hats, or even fuzzy socks.

Here’s how you can do the zigzag column pattern.

Step 1: Prepare your materials. Choose a skein of yarn in your preferred color. Get some knitting needles that will fit your yarn, and a cable needle. If your yarn is newly-bought, you can check the packaging if it indicates a corresponding needle size.

Step 2: Cast on stitches. Your stitches should be cast in batches of 10 plus five. For example, you can do three batches of ten stitches each. Then you add five more, so all in all you have 35 stitches.

Step 3: Begin with the first row and the right side. Follow this sequence: purl twice, knit once, purl twice, knit once and go through back loop, make a 3-stitch right cross, knit once and go through back loop again. Repeat this process until you’re done with the batches of ten. After that, purl twice, knit once, and purl twice. This will serve as your last five stitches. If you don’t know how to make a 3-stitch right cross, here’s how you can do it: get your cable needle then slip two stitches into it and hold the back of your knitting, knit once, then knit twice from the cable needle.

Step 4: Begin the second row. Follow this sequence: knit twice, purl once, knit twice, make sure the yarn is in front and slip once, purl thrice, and with the yarn in front again slip once. Repeat this process until you complete the batches of ten. After that, knit twice, purl once, and knit twice for your last five stitches.

Step 5: Begin the third row. Follow this sequence: purl twice, knit once, purl twice, knit once and go through back loop, make a 3-stitch left cross, knit once and go through back loop again. Repeat this process until you’re done with the batches of ten. After that, purl twice, knit once, and purl twice for your last five stitches. If you don’t know how to make a 3-stitch left cross, here’s how you can do it: with your cable needle, slip one stitch into it and hold the front of your knitting, knit once, then knit once again from the cable needle.

Step 6: Do the fourth row by repeating the sequence you did for the second row.

Step 7: Do these four rows all over again (Steps 3-6) until you reach the desired length.

Step 8: Bind it off using the basic bind-off technique. You can start by knitting the first two stitches of the row on the right-hand needle. Then with the tip of the left-hand needle, pull the first stitch up, let it go over the second stitch, and then over the tip of the right-hand needle. You should be left with only one stitch, which is the second stitch you did on the right-hand needle. Either knit or purl the next stitch. Repeat the process until you have no more stitches on the left-hand needle and only one stitch remaining on the right-hand needle.

Step 9: Slip the last stitch off the needle. Trim your yarn, leaving at least two inches that you can weave into your finished product. Slip the yarn through the loop and pull it tightly. Make sure the yarn is secure so that it won’t easily unravel. Secure the end of the yarn by weaving the end through some stitches. You can use a sewing needle or a crochet hook for this.


Add a funky, vibrant design to your scarves, hats, blankets, and fuzzy socks by knitting a zigzag column pattern.

 

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