Pin Check Pattern [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

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The Pin Check Pattern is a slip-stitch pattern almost identical to the Waffle Check Pattern. In fact, the only difference between the two patterns is rows one and five.

Orange and white knitted fabric with a vertical pattern followed by a text area that says "Pin Check Pattern," and a back side of orange knitted fabric with a vertical pattern

However, this tiny difference creates quite a difference between the two patterns’ texture.

Furthermore, the Waffle Check Pattern has quite a nubbly look and feel. Conversely, this Pin Check Patten is mainly a stockinette stitch pattern with a few “nubbles” interspersed.

So, just like the Waffle Check Pattern, this color-change stitch pattern is knitted over 8 rows. In addition, you can easily create a variation. You can do this by just repeating rows 1-4.

In fact, this slight change will cause the checks to be aligned vertically above one another. Consequently, this is opposed to the main stitch pattern where the checks are alternated.

In addition, if you would like to try out knitting the Waffle Check Pattern as well, you can find it here: Waffle Check Pattern.

As this is a color-change, slip-stitch pattern, you will not have any of the issues that can arise when knitting stranded or fair isle knitting.

Actually, you only knit with one color for two rows. You then change the color and knit for another to rows – super easy!

Finally, this way of knitting with color is typical for mosaic knitting. Meanwhile, we have a great article on the topic which you can find here: All You Need to Know About Mosaic Knitting.

Furthermore, if you are not familiar with slipping stitches, you may want to check out our step-by-step tutorial. This tutorial can be found here: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise.

This free knit stitch pattern is ideal for Level 3 - Easy Level Knitters

Techniques Needed for Pin Check Pattern

Abbreviation                       Description                               Tutorial

k                                                   knit                                              Knit Stitch Continental Style 
                                                                                                            Knit Stitch English Style

p                                                   purl                                              Purl Stitch Continental Style
                                                                                                            Purl Stitch English Style

sl                                                  slip                                               Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise

Other Abbreviations Used

ws                                               wrong side

rs                                                 right side

rep                                              repeat

st(s)                                            stitch(es)

wyif                                             with yarn in front

wyib                                            with yarn in back

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Odd no. of sts. Colors A and B.

Row 1 (WS): With A, purl

Row 2: With B, k1, * sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from *

Row 3: With B, k1, * sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from *

Row 4: With A, knit

Row 5: With A, purl

Row 6: With B, k2, * sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from *, end k1

Row 7: With B, k2, * sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from *, end k1

Row 8: With A, knit

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

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