PATTERN 14: BIG HERRINGBONE
In case you wonder, “Herringbone” is a V-shaped pattern usually found in tweed fabrics and wooden floors. It’s similar to the “Chevron” pattern but, if you look closely you will note that the zig-zag lines are broken in Herringbone. The pattern owes its name to the herring fish, to whose skeleton it resembles.
Herringbone stitch knitting has become very popular over the last few years, so I thought to give you a beginner level approach to this design. The “BIG” in today’s pattern name might give you a clue that this one won’t be the only herringbone in my 52SP series 🙂
Ok, let’s go to the pattern, shall we? I hope you like this one as much as I do.
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Remember that, in case you need more patterns to add to this project, I adapted all patterns from my “12 Blocks for Xmas” blanket to the same number of stitches and rows than the “52 Square Pickup” ones. You can find them HERE.
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UPDATE February 2020
The entire pattern is below.
The high quality PDF file includes:
- gauge/tension info and materials
- written instructions
- charted instructions
- row-by-row CONTROL TABLE for each block: specially prepared for novice knitters, with integrated instructions for the block pattern AND edge stitches, to avoid confusion. You can use the table cells to check each row as you finish it, and there is a column for every repeat of the pattern you need to make according to the instructions. A great resource to print and check your progress as you knit.
BLOCK 14: BIG HERRINGBONE
- CO: cast on
- RS: right side
- WS: wrong side
- st: stitch
- k: knit
- p: purl
– CO 43 sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.
|I always cast on and bind off stitches with larger needles than I use for the main work. This prevent my cast on and bind off rows from being too tight.|
– With US 6 (4 mm) needles, knit 4 rows.
|Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a neat and sturdy border.|
– Continue working as follows:
4 garter sts, BIG HERRINGBONE pattern over 35 sts, 4 garter sts until you have a total length of 8’’ (20.5 cm).
I knitted 3 times the BIG HERRINGBONE pattern complete + rows 1) to 7) again.
– Knit 4 rows.
– Bind off with US 7 (4.5 mm) needle. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
k all sts, all rows.
BIG HERRINGBONE Pattern
(Over a multiple of 10 sts. I added 5 more sts to reach the needed 35.)
Repeat instructions between brackets as many times as needed. For this block, make them a total of 3 times, horizontally.
Row 1) (RS) [k4, p1, k2, p3], k4, p1
Row 2) k2, p3, [k2, p3, k2, p3]
Row 3) [k2, p3, k4, p1], k2, p3
Row 4) k4, p1, [p5, k4, p1]
Row 5) [p5, k5], p5
Row 6) k5, [p5, k5]
Row 7) [p5, k5], p5
Row 8) p1, k4, [p6, k4]
Row 9) [p3, k2, p1, k4], p3, k2
Row 10) p3, k2, [p3, k2, p3, k2]
Row 11) [p1, k4, p3, k2], p1, k4
Row 12) p5, [p1, k4, p5]
Row 13) [k5, p5], k5
Row 14) p5, [k5, p5]
Row 15) [k5, p5], k5
Row 16) p5, [k4, p6]
BIG HERRINGBONE Stitch Pattern – CHART
- Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
- Repeat the chart as many times as the pattern calls for (7 times horizontally in the case of this block).