The Left Diagonal Stitch uses repeating patterns of knit and purl stitches to create a cascading domino texture.
This stitch is particularly suited to items such as pillow case covers.
So, what is a Left Diagonal Stitch? The stitch is created by alternating between knit and purl stitches in series of 4 then 2 stitches over a 12 row repeat pattern. Want to get cracking? Then grab some yarn and follow the more detailed instructions below.
Begin by casting on multiples of six stitches. Start the first row by purling two and knitting four, repeating this for the whole row. On the wrong side start by purling four and knitting two, continuing this pattern along the whole of row 2. Repeat this pattern for rows 3 & 4.
Begin row 5 by knitting two, then continue the row by repeating a pattern of purling two and knitting four until you reach the last four stitches; purl two and knit two. Row six starts by purling two, you then enter a repeating pattern of knitting two and purling four until again you reach the last four stitches; knitting two and purling two. Repeat this two line pattern once more for rows 7 & 8.
Row 9 is a repeating pattern of knitting four and purling two. On reversing the fabric (for Row 10), knit two and purl four along the whole row. Repeat this two row pattern again for Rows 11 & 12.
Continue repeating Rows 1-12 until you reach the desired length of fabric for your project.
Techniques Used in this Stitch:
Rows 1 & 3: *p2, k4; repeat from * to end.
Rows 2 & 4: *p4, k2; repeat from * to end.
Rows 5 & 7: k2, * p2, k4; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, p2, k2.
Rows 6 & 8: p2, * k2, p4; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k2, p2.
Rows 9 & 11: * k4, p2; repeat from * to end.
Rows 10 & 12: * k2, p4; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1-12 till you reach the desired length.