Spiff up your knitting projects with simple diagonal knit

My diagonal stitch gauntlets.

One of the things I find the most interesting about knitting is how many different looks you can get with two basic stitches. One of the coolest looks is the diagonal stitch.

You can apply this stitch to almost anything. The first long pair of gauntlets I’d ever made has this pattern, and the image is for the purse I’m currently working on.

This technique involves both the knit and the purl stitches. The purl sections will be the ‘hills’, while the knit ones will be the ‘valleys’. So, if you’d like thicker sections that stand out, group more purl stitches together than knit sections. If you’d like slender bands, group fewer purl stitches together.

As an example, I’ll use my current project. I cast on 60 stitches. Then, I alternated 6 knit stitches with 4 purl stitches. I don’t turn my work as I go, but if you do, just switch the knit stitches for purl and visa verse on the evenly numbered rows.

Here’s the pattern I created*:

Row 1: 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P
Row 2: 3P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 1P
Row 3: 2P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 2P
Row 4: 1P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 3P
Row 5: 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K
Row 6: 5K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 1K
Row 7: 2K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 4K
Row 8: 3K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 3K
Row 9: 4K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 2K
Row 10: 1K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 5K 

*k stands for knit stitch, p stands for purl stitch

You should end up with something that looks like this:

If you’d like to turn this into a scarf, just repeat rows one through ten until it’s as long as you’d like the scarf to be. This will end up being the outsides of a purse I’m working on, so I have a bit to go.

This is a highly customizable technique, so you can use it for all kinds of projects. The key is to keep the overall number of stitches the same, but to shift your knit/purl sequence to the side one stitch per row.

Have fun knitting, and if you decide to give this technique a try, I’d love to see what you come up with!

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