By Xandy Peters
Instagram handle: @xandypeters
Xandy Peters is a knitting designer and teacher, best known as the innovator of the stacked stitch technique and for her Fox Paws pattern. Starting out as a footwear and product designer, Xandy turned to knitting as a way to explore textiles and surfaces without using factory production. She has since made a career out of knitting, publishing new patterns monthly, and teaching workshops across the country.
Inspiration: I like this stitch pattern because it is a really simple introduction to the stacked stitch technique and it isn’t that hard to modify. It’s the kind of stitch that you can memorize and adapt for any sort of project; my favorite is a pair of extra cozy leggings. Modify the width by adding or subtracting multiples of 4 stitches.
Tip: Test your color scheme with colored pencils or using a drawing app before committing to a large project or swatch. It may not be a perfect preview, but it’s a lot less work than ripping out a project because it doesn’t look like what you want.
Finished Stitch Block Measurements
8 x 8 inch/20 x 20cm stitch block square, blocked (including garter stitch borders)
Worsted weight yarn
Size 7 (4.5mm) needles
17 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in garter stitch
K3tog: Knit 3 stitches together. 2 sts dec’d
K5tog: Knit 5 stitches together. 4 sts dec’d (Tip: If k5tog is hard, slip 2 stitches knitwise together, k3tog, pass slipped stitches over)
Kyok: Knit, Yarn Over, Knit; Knit a stitch, leaving stitch on left needle; without dropping stitch, yo, knit into front loop of same stitch again, slipping stitch from left needle to complete increase. 2 sts inc’d (See a handy tutorial video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qr7UnXcKGs)
Sb2: Slip specified number of sts from RH needle back to LH needle without twisting so that they can be worked again.
Turn: Turn work in order to work in opposite direction and create a short row.
Stacked increases: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yO-2NyJ9Zk
Stacked decreases: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN2-iZHKj74
Zipper Stitch Pattern (multiple of 4 sts +3)
Designate 3 colors: A, B, C
Color Order: A, B, C, A, C, B, A.
At each color change, join the next color in the list.
Stitch Block Instructions
Bottom Garter Stitch Edging
CO 35 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS, increase row): K5, *[kyok, sb2] x 3, kyok, k6; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3 (RS): Change color, and knit one row.
Row 4 (WS, dec row): K3, k3tog, turn, sl1p, yb, k3, turn, k3, k2tog, turn, sl1p, yb, k3, turn, k3, k2tog, *k5, k5tog, [sb2, k3tog] x 2; rep from * 6 more times, k5, k3tog, k3, turn, k3, yf, sl2p, turn, k2tog, k3, turn, k3, yf, sl2p, turn, k2tog, k3.
(8 sts inc’d after every repeat)
Rep Rows 1-4 for patt.
Top Garter Stitch Edging
Knit 6 rows.
BO all sts.