The Parallogram Knit Stitch Pattern by Janice Jones
Fifty years ago I took Geometry and at the time I probably knew exactly what a parallelogram was, but not today so I had to do a little research. But you don't need any fancy equations to know how beautiful this pattern truly is.
If you are curious, a parallelogram is a geometric shape that has two pairs of parallel sides. There are many examples of parallelograms in nature and in our lives include floor tiles, solar panels and even pencil erasiers. It's not surprising that this shape created with knitting is so popular.
While this pattern requires knowledge of knits and purls, I don't consider this one to be a beginner-friendly pattern. It requires concentration and completion of a 16-row repeat which makes it more challenging for the beginners, yet it is made entirely of knit and purl stitches.
I am rating this pattern an advanced beginner.
k - knit
p - purl
CO - Cast on
BO - Bind off
* * - Repeat instructions within the pair of astricks
Both the right and wrong sides of the Parallelogram
If you get lost within the pattern, you can often find your way by reading your stitches.
Cast On: Multiples of 12
Row 1 (Right Side): * K1, P5, K5, P1 *
Row 2 (Wrong Side): * K2, P4, K4, P2 *
Row 3: * K3, P3 *
Row 4: * K4, P2, K2, P4 *
Row 5: * K5, P1, K1, P5 *
Row 6: * K6, P6 *
Row 7: * K6, P6 *
Row 8: * K6, P6 *
Row 9: * P1, K5, P5, K1 *
Row 10: * P2, K4, P4, K2 *
Row 11: * P3, K3 *
Row 12: * P4, K2, P2, K4 *
Row 13: * P5, K1, P1, K5 *
Row 14: * P6, K6 *
Row 15: * P6, K6 *
Row 16: * P6, K6 *
For the purposes of this tutorial, I added 6 stitches, 3 or either side of the stitch multiple for use as a garter stitch border. If you want to add these extra stitches, Cast on 30 stitches.
Add three knit stitches on either side of the directions below. I also added four rows of the garter stitch at the beginning and end of the project. This is what it looks like.
CO 30 stitches.
Rows 1 to 4 Set up rows. Knit across. Then work the stitch pattern.
Row 1 (Right Side): K3, * K1, P5, K5, P1 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): K3, * K2, P4, K4, P2 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 3: K3, * K3, P3 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 4: K3, * K4, P2, K2, P4 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 5: K3, * K5, P1, K1, P5 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 6: K3, * K6, P6 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 7: K3, * K6, P6 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 8: K3, * K6, P6 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 9: K3, * P1, K5, P5, K1 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 10: K3, * P2, K4, P4, K2 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 11: K3, * P3, K3 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 12: K3, * P4, K2, P2, K4 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 13: K3, * P5, K1, P1, K5 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 14: K3, * P6, K6 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 15: K3, * P6, K6 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 16: K 3, * P6, K6 * to last 3 sts. K3.
Repeat the stitch pattern until you reach your desired length, minus 1/2 inch. Work four rows of knit garter stitch pattern, then bind off and weave in ends.
It is likely that you won't need a chart to knit from since the written directions are easy and straight-forward.
However, it is always a good idea to learn how to read charts because as you grow as a knitter, patterns become more complex and charts are a good way to understand what to do.
Learn more about reading knitting charts.