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The Garter Stitch Zigzag Pattern is a fun and easy pattern to knit as the zigzag pattern you create has a lovely texture.
In fact, this makes this zigzag pattern ideal for beginners who would like to try out a bit of texture in their knitting.
For instance, when knitted in the flat, this stitch pattern is great for knitting baby blankets, scarves or similar projects.
This pattern will also lend itself to a lovely cowl. However, should you like to try out a project like a cowl, it will require some seaming if you knit this stitch flat. Therefore, you should add a stitch at either end for a selvage you can use for stitching.
For this kind of sewing, we would recommend that you use the Mattress Stitch. You can find a tutorial for this sewing technique here: Mattress Stitch Tutorial.
When knitted in the flat, this is a great pattern for practicing your yarn tension when you are purling. This is because you purl every wrong side row.
Techniques Needed for the Garter Stitch Zigzag Pattern
Abbreviation Description Tutorial
k knit Knit Stitch Continental Style
Knit Stitch English Style
p purl Purl Stitch Continental Style
Purl Stitch English Style
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
For the Garter Stitch Zigzag pattern, cast on in a multiple of 6 sts.
Row 1 (WS): All wrong side rows: Purl
Row 2 (RS): *K3, p3; repeat from * to end
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: P1, *k3, p3; repeat from *, end last repeat with p2 instead of p3
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: P2, *k3, p3; repeat from *, end last repeat with p1 instead of p3
Row 7: Purl.
Row 8: *P3, k3; repeat from *
Row 9: Purl.
Row 10: P2, *k3, p3; repeat from *, end last repeat with p1 instead of p3
Row 11: Purl.
Row 12: P1, *k3, p3; repeat from *, end last repeat with p2 instead of p3
Repeat rows 1-12 until you have reached your desired length.