Flying Buttress

Compared to most cable patterns, the Flying Buttress is almost stark in its simplicity. It consists of a single rib of two knit stitches, traveling diagonally on a purled ground, either (1) to the right, or (2) to the left. The Right version is done with a series of back crosses, the Left with front crosses. When worked on either side of a common center, as shown, these two versions should be used, one on each side. For a Double Flying Buttress, cast on a panel of 20 stitches and work one version on the first 10, the other on the second 10—reversing the order, of course, on the opposite side of the fabric.

  • 1) FLYING BUTTRESS, RIGHT
  • See illustration, page 256)

Row 2—K2, p5, si next st to dpn and hold in back, k2, then kl from dpn. Row 3—P3, k5, p2.

Row 4—K2, p4, si next st to dpn and hold in back, k2, then kl from dpn, kl. Row 5—P4, k4, p2.

Row 6—K2, p3, si next st to dpn and hold in back, k2, then pi from dpn (Back

Cross, BC), k2. Row 7—P2, kl, p2, k3, p2. Row 8—K2, p2, BC, pi, k2. Row 9—(P2, k2) twice, p2. Row 10—K2, pi, BC, p2, k2. Row 11—P2, k3, p2, kl, p2. Row 12—K2, BC, p3, k2. Row 13—P2, k4, p4. Row 14—Kl, BC, p4, k2. Row 15—P2, k5, p3. Row 16—BC, p5, k2.

  • 2) FLYING BUTTRESS, LEFT
  • See illustration, page 256)

Row 2—SI 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, kl, then k2 from dpn, p5, k2. Row 3—P2, k5, p3.

Row 4—Kl, si next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, kl, then k2

Row 6—K2, si next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, pi, then k2

from dpn (Front Cross, FC), p3, k2. Row 7—P2, k3, p2, kl, p2. Row 8—K2, pi, FC, p2, k2. Row 9—(P2, k2) twice, p2. Row 10—K2, P2, FC, pi, k2. Row 11— P2, kl, p2, k3, p2. Row 12—K2, p3, FC, k2. Row 13—P4, k4, p2. Row 14—K2, p4, FC, kl. Row 15—P3, k5, p2. Row 16—K2, p5, FC.

Repeat Rows 1-16.

Yarn And Wool Texture Seamless
center panel: Figure-Eight Diamond Pattern side panels: Figure-Eight Cable

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