Reverse stockinette stripes.
Try the following pattern for a basic reverse stockinette stitch stripe:
Cast on any number of stitches. Rows 1, 3, and 6: Knit. Rows 2, 4, and 5: Purl.
Here's what's happening: As you work Rows 1, 2, 3, and 4, you create your stockinette stitch (the smooth background). Then at Row 5, because you purl again rather than alternate back to a knit row, you begin the reverse stockinette stitch, which creates the bumped-out stripe, and continue it with Row 6, which alternates with Row 5. When you return to Row 1, you return to the stockinette stitch and the whole pattern starts over again.
To vary the width of your stripes or the space between them, simply increase the number of alternating rows in either the stockinette portion or the reverse stockinette portion.
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