If you want to make colourful projects, but don’t want to worry about memorizing the pattern, carrying strands at the back of the work or monitoring the tension of the fabric, try the colour pattern described in this tutorial.
I learned it from a vintage pattern book that I’ve got as a gift from my dear friend Ruth. This book is called “Bernat Book No. 73” and it was published in 1958.
The two-colour pattern featured here was used as an all-over pattern on a lovely summer blouse, but this colour pattern will look equally nice on shawls, scarves, blankets, hats and mittens.
This stitch has a small pattern repeat and it forms a fabric that does not curl at the edges and looks good on both sides of the work. This makes is perfect for most knitting projects.
You can even use it on socks, but note that this stitch has a thicker texture than many other stitch patterns. It happens because this pattern is based on garter stitch.
Now that we know how versatile this colour pattern is, let’s see how we can make it. I slightly adjusted the original instructions to make the pattern easier to remember.
To use this colour pattern in a seamless project, cast on an even number of stitches, then work rounds 1 and 3 the same way as instructed for rows 1 and 3. You will be 1 stitch short at the end of the round and that’s fine. Simply ignore the pattern instructions for the last stitch that is supposed to be knitted. In rounds 2 and 4, purl all stitches instead of knitting them.
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