Pattern:

Gathered Stripes Knitting Pattern

This textured stripe knitting pattern alternates segments of garter stitch with segments of gathered stockinette stitch. It’s a nice way to add some visual interest without a lot of complexity. This is shown in a smooth cotton yarn which results in an almost lacy garter stitch, but the effect would be very different in a lofty wool.

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Gathered Stripes
cast on any number of stitches
row 1 is right side (skip row 1 if you’d rather start on the wrong side)

 

Row 1-6: Knit
Row 7: Knit 1, Increase 1
Row 8, 10, 12: Purl
Row 9, 11: Knit
Row 13: Knit 2 Together
Row 14-18: Knit
Row 19: Knit 1, Increase 1
Row 20, 22, 24: Purl
Row 21, 23: Knit
Row 25: Knit 2 Together

 

Repeat Rows 14-25

 

The increases shown are the kind where you knit and purl into the same stitch. I find the purl part of the stitch just blends into the pattern. It also works if you choose to pick up a stitch between each knit stitch. It’s worth swatching both versions in the yarn you’re using, especially if you’re working on something large.