Almost every knitter who’s seen my netbook cover has asked me how it’s done. So here it is. It’s incredibly simple, even a beginner knitter can and has knitted this pattern. And as I’ve seen, it’s very effective. (I can’t remember which knitting pattern I first saw this in but I’ve never forgotten it.)
2 different colours of wool, (colour A and colour B)
Suitable knitting needles (the size of knitting needle most appropriate to the wool you’re using can be found on the label.)
Using colour A and suitable needles, cast on an uneven number of stitches.
Row 1: Using colour B, slip 1, knit 1, [slip 1, knit 1], repeat from [ to ] to last stitch, slip 1.
Row 2: Using colour B, purl across row.
Row 3: Using colour A, knit 1, slip 1, [knit 1, slip 1], repeat from [ to ] to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 4: Using colour A, purl across row.
Repeat rows 1 to 4 to form pattern.
There you go, it’s that easy.
When using Colour A on a right side row, knit every first and last stitch. When using colour B on a right side row, skip every first and last stitch. You will need to make a tension square in order to gauge correct number of stitches when making a garment using this pattern, the finished piece is tighter and will give less length than if using stocking stitch.