How to Knit Chevrons

by Kaye Jones
Chevrons can be connected lengthwise or widthwise.

Chevrons can be connected lengthwise or widthwise.

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Also known as the zigzag stitch, a chevron is a V-shaped pattern, generally with its point facing downward. The pattern was first popularized during the 1960s and 1970s as a print for long flowing tunics and throws. Created from a combination of knit and purl stitches, a chevron is suitable for the most novice of knitters and can be worked into any project, from a cardigan to a baby blanket.

Items you will need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
Step 1

Cast on a multiple of eight stitches, plus one, like 25, 41 or 73.

Step 2

Knit the first row. Work the following pattern until you reach the last stitch of the row: purl one stitch and knit the next three stitches. Purl the last stitch.

Step 3

Knit the second row. Work the following pattern until you reach the last stitch of the row: purl one, knit one, purl five, knit one. Purl the last stitch.

Step 4

Knit the third row. Knit the first two stitches and then repeat the following pattern until you reach the last two stitches of the row: purl one and knit three. Knit the last two stitches.

Step 5

Knit the fourth row. Purl the first three stitches and then repeat the following pattern until you reach the last three stitches of the row: knit one, purl one, knit one, purl five. Purl the last three stitches.

Step 6

Repeat these four rows as desired to continue the pattern or cast off all stitches to finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Finish your chevrons with a rib stitch of knit one, purl one, to enhance the design.
  • Block lightly to protect the pattern detail.

References

  • "Field Guide to Knitting;" J. Pawlowski; 2007
  • "The Complete Book of Knitting;" B. Abbey; 1971

About the Author

Kaye Jones has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in history, education and mental health. Her undergraduate dissertation was published by the Internet Journal of Criminology. Jones has a first-class honors Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Manchester.

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