Sliding Block Stitch

Stitch Description

The sliding block stitch is a mosaic colorwork pattern that consists of columns of horizontal bars, shifting from side to side. Like all mosaic knitting patterns, this optical illusion is achieved through strategically placed slip stitches. It makes for an incredibly easy to knit colorwork pattern that looks more complicated than it is.

Use this stitch pattern in everything from scarves to blankets to hats.

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Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
With Yarn in Back – Hold the working yarn in back of the work, as to knit
With Yarn in Front – Hold the working yarn in front of the work, as to purl

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 8

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiple of 6 stitches +3

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Cast On with Color A Multiple of 6 sts + 3

  • Prep Row – Color A: Knit.
  • Row 1 (RS): Color B – *k5, sl 1 wyib; rep from *, end k3.
  • Row 2: Color A – P3, *sl 1 wyif, p5; rep from *.
  • Row 3: K1, *sl 1 wyib, k5; rep from *, end sl 1 k1.
  • Row 4: K1, *sl 1 wyif, k5; rep from *, end sl 1, k1.
  • Row 5: Color B – K3, *sl 1 wyib, k5; rep from *.
  • Row 6: *P5, sl 1 wyif; rep from *, end p3.
  • Row 7: Color A – K1, *sl 1 wyib, k5; rep from *, end sl 1 k1.
  • Row 8: K1, *sl 1 wyif, k5; rep from *, end sl 1, k1.

Repeat rows 1-8 until you have reached your desired length.

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