Shadow Check Slip-Stitch Pattern [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

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White knitted fabric with a thick textured pattern followed by a text area that says "Learn how to knit: Shadow Check Slip-Stitch Pattern," and a back side of white knitted fabric with a  thick textured patternThe Shadow Check Slip-Stitch Pattern creates a fascinating, textured fabric. In fact, the resulting fabric is really hard to explain.

The fabric is squishy and quite thick. However, at the same time, it is really nice and airy. Overall, this easy-to-knit slip stitch pattern results in a luxuriously thick fabric that looks fantastic on both sides.

As a matter of fact, the front of the pattern is interesting, but probably what you expect to see from a slip-stitch pattern.

Conversely, the wrong side is a very different kettle of fish. It looks more like a series of deep-textured horizontal corrugations.

In other words, this is a fully reversible pattern that presents two dramatically different looks.

So, if you are looking to knit a project with an unusual texture, this slip-stitch pattern should be on the top of your list to try out.

Why not take your design one step further? Try out knitting this slip-stitch pattern as a color-change pattern. You will be surprised how much fun you can have with this simple pattern…

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

Techniques Needed for Shadow Check Slip-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

sl                                                  slip                                                    Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise

yo                                                yarnover                                        Open Yarnover Increase

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 number of sts.

Row 1 (RS): Purl

Row 2: K1, * p1, k1; rep from *

Row 3: P1, * yo, sl 1 wyib, p1; rep from * (The yo is taken over the top of the needle and held in the back of the slipped stitch, it is then brought forward again for the next purl stitch)

Row 4: K1, * sl 1 wyif dropping yo of the previous row, k1; rep from * (The yo is dropped in front of the slipped stitch, making 2 strands woven across each sl st as it is slipped.)

Row 5: P1, * sl 1 wyib, p1; rep from *

Row 6: K1, * sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from *

Repeat rows 1-6 until the desired length is reached.


  1. Denna Neff

    On the Shadow Check Slip Stitch pattern instructions look like two possible typos in the written instructions on Rows 3 and 5: shouldn’t the “pl” be p1? The error looks like a small letter PL. I scrolled to see if there was an explanation description for pl.

    Thank you.

    • Assistant Editor

      Hi Denna

      Thank you for the heads up, it is indeed a typo. I’ve updated rows 3 and 5 to make it p1.

      All the best


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