When you stack increases on top of increases and decreases on top of decreases, the stitches slant away from the column of increases and toward the column of decreases, creating chevron patterns (see Figure A-11). The bottom edge of this pattern forms points or scalloped borders, depending on whether the decreases and increases are worked in a single stitch or spread over several stitches. Although it looks tricky to execute, it's relatively simple.


dbl dec = Double decrease: sl next 2 sts as if to knit, k1, pass 2 sl sts over. dbl inc = Double increase: (k1, yo, k1) into next st.

Cast on a multiple of 12 sts, plus 3 sts (includes 1 extra st on each side for a selvedge stitch).

Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, * k4, dbl inc, k4, dbl dec; rep from * to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

Standard rib patterns, explained in Chapter 5, create vertical stripes by alternating a given number of knit stitches with a given number of purl stitches. But who says all ribs have to be the same? The patterns in this section put a spin on the traditional rib technique to create fun and interesting designs. One in particular — the fisherman's rib — takes the knit 1, purl 1 rib and turns it into a warm, highly stretchable fabric.

Mistake stitch ribbing, shown in Figure A-12, is a 2 x 2 rib worked over 1 less stitch than required to make it even.

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