The Wave Stitch is a wonderful knitting stitch for beginners. If you’re looking for a knit stitch pattern that’s fun in both texture and appearance, this is it!
Chevrons are a trend that is holding on tight, and I love seeing them in unexpected places– like a handmade blanket! Check out the complete free knit stitch tutorial below.
No time right now? Pin this unique knit stitch pattern for later!
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What to Make with the Wave Stitch
The Wave stitch is a fun combination of knits and purls to form a waves pattern. It works up easily and would look great on a blanket or sweater.
For example, the Waves Blanket (find the free knitting pattern here) features this beautiful stitch
Charity Cozy Fall MAL
This blanket square knitting pattern is part of the Charity Cozy Fall MAL.
20 unique knit square designs are released throughout the month of October 2022 to form a cozy fall blanket.
This easy knit stitch is part of a fun stitch exploration. You can find all 10 stitches here.
Or grab the convenient PDF bundle with all stitch patterns here.
Before You Start
- 4.5 mm/ US 7 knitting needles. I use circular needles for convenience but you can use straight needles. Confused about all these types of knitting needles? Here’s a complete overview that will answer all your questions.
- Worsted weight Zeeman Royal yarn (100% acrylic, 241m /264yd, 100g)
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
Because the yarn I used is not available everywhere, and I know how painful it is to try to find equivalent yarn which will give you the same effect I have selected a few equivalent yarns for you. I haven’t tried them out myself, but they look so pretty, check them out!
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease They have this yarn in about 20 colors, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with more than one.
- La Mia Just Wool
- RED HEART Super Saver Yarn. This yarn also exists in more than 60 colors.
The pattern is written for 2 sizes: 15 (20) cm / 6 (8)” square.
You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size. The pattern needs a multiple of 10 + 8 number of stitches.
The gauge for this pattern, in stitch pattern is 18.5 st by 17 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about knitting gauge.
Abbreviations & Instructions
- st = stitch
- k = knit (k2 means knit 2 stitches)
- p = purl
Repeat instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.
The Actual Knit Stitch Pattern
Cast on 28 (38) stitches.
Row 1 – 2: knit across.
Row 3: k3, [k5, p2, k3] twice (three times), k5.
Row 4: k3, [p4, k1, p2, k1, p2] twice (three times), p2, k3.
Row 5: k3, [k3, p1, k4, p1, k1] twice (three times), k5.
Row 6: k3, [p2, k1, p6, k1] twice (three times), p2, k3.
Row 7: k3, [p2, k8] twice (three times), p2, k3.
Row 8: K3, purl until last 3 st, k3.
Row 9: Knit across.
Row 10: K3, purl until last 3 st, k3.
Repeat Rows 3 to 10 until you reach 15 (20) cm / 6 (8) ”. Finish with 2 knit rows.
Cast off and weave in the ends.
For visual learners, this graph should help you visualize the stitch pattern. It shows the complete repeat for the small (15 cm / 6″) size.
- The white dots are garter stitch (knit on both sides) edges.
- The white squares are knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side.
- The black dots are purl on the right side and knit on the wrong side.
Blocking and Assembly
You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.
To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges, block your project lightly.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.