A Zig-Zag is a cool, contrasting pattern. The classic Zig-Zag is a simple, plain color A B C. This pattern can be very refreshing! There are many patterns to learn for the knitter interested in the Zig-Zag.
The main difference between a plain color and the Zig-Zag is in the back of the fabric. When knitting a plain color cloth, there are two ways to cast on. The first way is to start with a magic loop and then add another loop on your knitting needle and continue knitting as one piece. The second way is to start with two separate pieces of yarn together and then join them together at the top of the round to become one piece.
Knit one row of the pattern
When you get to the end of the row, turn to the back of the knitted piece and pick up the tab of the next row. You will need to cast on a new amount for the left hand side of the piece, and then just follow the steps for that side of the piece.
This method ensures that your knitting does not come loose as you work through your rows. It also gives you some room to add more stitches if you want to!
Knit one row of the pattern, pick up and cast off as described, then repeat on the other side. This will create a seamless border around your garment.
For the next row, do not knit the marked stitches
The next row should be worked without any stitches being knit. The magic loop must be left as an open circle, with no stitches on it.
This is because the next row will have a new pattern to follow. The rounds will join together to form a circle, and then you’ll start knitting the rounds again.
There are several ways to create a Zig Zag pattern in knitted fabric. One method is to use a double-pointed needle and cast on 10 stitches, then cast off 10 stitches as the first round is completed. Then, as the second round is completed, add another 8 stitches and keep going until you have 18 stitches in total. This way, you have 16 needles per side to use for your Zig Zag!
Another method is to use one size smaller needles and cast on 10sts, then do not change numbers of sts as you work so that there are also two” (5cm) spaces between each row.
Bring the yarn forward and place it on the needle
When you start a new round of knitting, remember to bring the yarn forward and place the needle on the yarn from the previous row. This saves you from having to begin again with a separate length of yarn.
This also prevents having to search for the correct length of yarn as you work your rows. You would have to take out one end of the yarn and connect it to the other end as you work your row.
You would then have to cast on the desired number of stitches and be ready for your first stitch when it was completed. This is because you would need to start a new section of knitting with this same style ofallah.
Continuing this pattern, let’s say that you had six stitches in each panel and was going to do a Zig Zag shape at the end. Then, six times, you would have to bring the beginning of your round up before sending it off so that you could continue working your pattern.
Knit the marked stitches
When you have the right number of stitches left, you can start adding new stitches to create the Zig-Zag pattern. The difference betweenknit and purl is which needle you need to use to knit the stitch.
When we say to purl this stitch, we mean to use a needle that has a loop on one end and a column of fabric on the other. That way, when you pull the yarn through the top half of the stitch, it pulls through the fabric as well.
When we say to knit this stitch, we mean to use a needle with no such gap between the knitting and sewing sides. You must use a different term for these two types of knitting: “passes” or “movements.”
When we say to cast on and draw toward us for each row, we mean just that: toward us. Our Arms Can Move! When designing garments with lots of shaped pieces in them, like leggings or socks, it is helpful to give yourself some room so that you can move forward with your project.
Leave these stitches on the left-hand needle and bring the yarn forward again
When you have the right-hand needle ready, pass the left-hand needle under the left-hand needle and then over the left-hand needle to create the new row of stitches.
This is where your pattern changes. Instead of leaving a round with six stitches in each row and one round with six stitches in each column, leave seven rows in each row and nine columns in each textbox.
Why? Because five stitches in one row, six stitches in another, and seven rows make a bigger difference than five columns!
Therefore, we need to leave five extra rounds on the left-hand needle to hold our new pattern. The amount of yarn we use also needs to be larger because we have more stitches to cover.
This is where zig zag knitting comes into action.
Place it on the right-hand needle and knit the unmarked stitches
When you have the right-hand needle ready to hold the new row of stitches, place the thumb and forefinger of your left hand on the back of the left-hand needle and slide it forward toward you until it is parallel to the row of stitches.
Then, place the other hand on top of the left-hand needle and pull it away in one quick, strong pull. This moves all of the stitches onto the new row of needles.
Now you can start knitting! If you waited until afterthe last row was completed to turn off your yarn, then you would have to start again from the beginning because there would be no more stitches on your needles.
Repeat this process until you complete your project
Once you have finished your first sample, it is time to do it again! This is how your project will look after you finish the second piece.
The best way to learn how to knit a Zig-Zag pattern is to start with a simple test piece. This can be a thumb or little finger of the hand, or any size piece of fabric. If you can add new width and length by increasing number of stitches or increase size by adding inches of fabric, then you are ready to move on.
If you need some help in learning how to knit a Zig-Zag pattern, here are some tips:
Start with two identical strands of the same color. Then, pick one strand and begin knitting across the other one from the back until it has been knitted down, then return and repeat with the other strand.
Check your pattern chart to ensure that you are following it correctly
If your pattern says to cast on 42 stitches, for example, make sure to also cast on 42 stiches for every rnd.
If the chart says to 9 stitches for every round, make sure to also use 10 stiches for every rnd. This may be difficult to see in the test knit, as some of the stitches will be longer or more narrow than the others. But it must be done!
These differences can make a big difference when it comes to ending the edge of your knitted piece. If one size of piece is too short or one size is too long, then the other size will have to be added so that they are even in length and width.
Also pay attention to which colorways of your yarn you are using. Some yarns look better with different patterns on top of them. For example, bright colors may show through while less noticeable ones may hide it.