Parallelogram Knit Stitch Pattern: Beginner-Friendly Tutorial

The Parallogram Knit Stitch Pattern  by Janice Jones
Published 11-13-2023

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.

Skill Level

I am rating this pattern an advanced beginner.

Skill level easy per the Craft Yarn Council

Skills Required to Create this Knit Pattern

Abbreviations Used

k - knit

p - purl

CO - Cast on

BO - Bind off

*     * - Repeat instructions within the pair of astricks

Supplies Needed

Notes About the Parallelogram Knit Stitch Pattern

Reversible Knit Stitch Patter

Both the right and wrong sides of the Parallelogram

A swatch of the knit parallelogram knit stitch pattern worked in pink showing right sideParallelogram Knit Stitch Pattern, Right Side

Parallelogram knit stitch pattern swatch worked in pink and showing the wrong sideParallelogram Knit Stitch Pattern, Wrong Side

Reading Your Stitches

If you get lost within the pattern, you can often find your way by reading your stitches.

Several rows of the parallelogram knit stitch pattern with knits and purls markedLook at the stitches you made on the last row. Identify the purls and the knits and count them. From there you can compare your stitch counts to the pattern, you can locate your place.

How to Make the Parallelogram Knit Stitch Pattern

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 *

Alter the Stitch Pattern to Create a Facecloth

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.

Parallelogram Knit Stitch Pattern Facecloth

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.

Knit Parallelogram Knit Stitch Pattern Chart

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.

Knit chart of the parallelogram knit stitch

Prallelogram Knit Stitch Pattern: Pin for Future Reference

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About Janice

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