How To Make the Chevron Stitch

A chevron stitch is a very simple stitch made from knit and purl stitches. It can be worked over any number of stitches, although it's more commonly used over a panel of 8 stitches plus one. It makes a strong knitted fabric that does not follow curves or swirls well, so it's best suited for flat pieces like bedspreads or scarves.

The pattern looks like a chevron, or "V," or a set of wings, across a piece of material. It's simply a number of purled and knitted stitches that create a texture for both the eye and the fingers.

To make a chevron stitch:

  • First cast on a multiple of 8 stitches plus one extra stitch and work at least two rows in stockinette or rib stitch.
  • On the first row after that, knit one stitch, purl 7 and knit 1; continue to finish the row, ending with knit 1.
  • On the second row, purl one stitch, knit 7, purl 1 and continue to the end of the row.
  • On the third row, knit 2, purl 5, knit 3, and continue, ending with purl 5, knit 2.
  • Row four: purl 2, knit 5, purl 3 and continue, ending with knit 5, purl 2.
  • Row five: knit 3, purl 3, knit 5, continue, ending with purl 3, knit 3.
  • Row six: purl 3, knit 3, purl 5, continue, ending with knit 3, purl 3.
  • Row seven: knit 4, purl 1, knit 7, continue, ending with purl 1, knit 4.
  • Row eight: purl 4, knit 1, purl 7, continue to end knit 1, purl 4.  Note: This is the center of the of the chevron. Now you will begin to build the sides to reach a tall "V."
  • Row nine: repeat row two.
  • Row ten: repeat row one.
  • Row eleven: repeat row four.
  • Row twelve: repeat row three.
  • Row thirteen: repeat row six.
  • Row fourteen: repeat row five.
  • Row fifteen: repeat row eight.
  • Row sixteen: repeat row seven.

Repeat these sixteen rows as many times as you wish for an overall chevron stitch, or just once for a band of chevrons. You can knit a stockinette band between the rows of chevrons, or just go from one set to the next without a break.

The fabric is not especially dense or stable, but it's an interesting pattern nonetheless. The chevron stitch can give an otherwise boring piece of knitted material a lot of visual interest.


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