If you want to know how to knit a checkerboard pattern, you have come to the right place.
The checkerboard pattern is a great one to practice and it can be used to make the most stunning bedspreads and baby blankets.
How To Knit A Checkerboard Pattern
The Gauge for this pattern is:
15 sts and 23 rows = 4 inches in St st, unblocked. Exact gauge is not important to this type of project but may affect the amount of yarn needed.
Tried with This Yarn:
Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky (80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool; 136 yards/100g)
US 9 (5.5mm) straight or 32” circular needles or longer, or size to obtain gauge above.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different wools and needles, as the pattern will still come out looking like a checkerboard. This is just a guideline.
Once you have decided that you enjoy knitting the pattern, you can try making a checkerboard throw for yourself. It is generally a fun and easy knit using garter, seed and stocking stitch.
I found it helpful to place stitch markers to mark off the borders and every 7 sts.
To resize, CO a multiple of 14 plus 10 sts, and knit to the desired length.
Checkerboard Pattern (worked at over multiple of 14 plus 10 sts)
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: (RS): K5, *K7, P7, repeat from * to last 5 sts, K5.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: (WS): K5, P to last 5 sts, K5.
Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, 19: K5, *K1, (P1, K1) 3 times, K7, rep from * to last 5 sts, K5.
Rows 12, 14, 16, 18, 20: K5, * P7, K1, (P1, K1) 3 times, rep from * to last 5 sts, K5.
Rep Rows 1-20 to knit a checkerboard pattern.
If you want to knit a blanket or throw for your bed, you would need to start off with 164 stitches roughly and knit 9 rows in garter stitch first to create a border, and then end off again with 9 rows in garter stitch.
For more examples of basic knitting stitches, click here.