Ladder Stitch Pattern [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

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As the name indicates, Ladder Stitch Pattern, this knit and purl stitch pattern creates a fabric that gives the illusion of a ladder going up the fabric.

In fact, the running columns of knit stitches are achieved by just transposing one stitch on two rows (rows 5 and 6).

Actually, this simple break in the pattern repeat creates the lovely ladder effect, resulting in a delightful texture on the front of the fabric.

Furthermore, it also creates a beautiful pattern on the reverse side. As a matter of fact, it looks a bit like a basketweave stitch pattern.

So, even though this not a fully reversible pattern, it lends itself well to projects that have two public sides. For instance, it will give a lot of interest to a scarf. Equally, it would make a lovely baby blanket.

Techniques Needed For Ladder Stitch 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

rep                                              repeat

st(s)                                            stitch(es)

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Multiple of 8 + 5

Row 1 (RS): K5, * p3, k5; rep from * to end

Row 2: P5, * k3, p5; rep from * to end

Row 3: K5, * p3, k5; rep from * to end

Row 4: P5, * k3, p5; rep from * to end

Row 5: K1, * p3, k5; rep from * to last 4 sts, p3, k1

Row 6: P1, * k3, p5; rep from * to last 4 sts, k3, p1

Row 7: K1, * p3, k5; rep from * to last 4 sts, p3, k1

Row 8: P1, * k3, p5; rep from * to last 4 sts, k3, p1

Repeat rows 1 – 8 until the desired length is reached. 

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