Bias And Chevron Knitting

Use increases and decreases to shape within the fabric of your knitting to create bias and chevron effects.

If you increase and decrease one stitch at opposite ends on alternate rows so that the stitch count remains constant, the knitted fabric will slant while the direction of the stitches remains vertical.

Decreases at the beginning and increases at the end of a row lilt the fabric to the left, increases at the beginning and decreases at the end tilt the fabric to the right. Although often used to make flexible facings, this principle can be used to shape knitted fabrics of any size. The examples shown here are in stockinette stitch - the stripes are used to emphasize the slant - but textured stitch patterns and color motifs can also be shaped in this way. The angle ol the slant can be varied by spacing the shapings further apart.

Put left and right bias shapings together to make a chevron fabric with the stitches fanning out from or traveling in to the center. You'll need to work a double increase or decrease at the center or use single shapings each side ol one or more center stitches. A single chevron can be used to create a knitted fabric of any size or you can combine upward and downward pointing chevrons to make stitch patterns.

Try bias knitting in a stranded color pattern - the motifs will seem to move to the left or right, depending on the shapings.

BIAS KNITTING

To make a flexible bias strip, cast on a few stitches and work the increases and decreases one or lwo stitches in from each end.

BIAS KNITTING

To make a flexible bias strip, cast on a few stitches and work the increases and decreases one or lwo stitches in from each end.

For a slant to the right, increase one stitch at the beginning, and decrease one stitch at the end of each right-side row.

► For a slant to the left, decrease one stitch at the beginning and increase one stitch at the end of each right-side row.

For a slant to the right, increase one stitch at the beginning, and decrease one stitch at the end of each right-side row.

► For a slant to the left, decrease one stitch at the beginning and increase one stitch at the end of each right-side row.

CHEVRON KNITTING

These examples arc in stockinette with shaping on every right-side row. hut you can vary the spacing of the increases and decreases to suit your stitch pattern.

CHEVRON KNITTING

These examples arc in stockinette with shaping on every right-side row. hut you can vary the spacing of the increases and decreases to suit your stitch pattern.

  • Increasing at each side of the center stitch and decreasing at each end of every right-side row makes the stitches fan out from the center and forms an upward-pointing chevron.
  • Double decreasing at the center and increasing at each end of every right-side row makes the stitches travel to the center and forms a downv/ard-pointing chevron.

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