Inside: Learn how to knit the pyramid stitch pattern with my easy to follow written instructions, chart and tutorial videos. Includes free blanket square pattern in 2 common sizes.
How many ways can you combine knits and purls to create unique stitch patterns?
There are nearly limitless stitch patterns that use just knits and purls and I’ve got one of them for you today.
The pyramid stitch pattern uses only knits and purls to create rows of interlocking triangles. This beautiful design looks great in a variety of projects. From washcloths to sweaters to blankets the texture of this stitch will make your project shine.
The pyramid stitch is fully reversible so both sides of your project look great. You can also work this stitch as either a flat panel or in the round.
To teach how to knit the pyramid stitch, I designed the Pyramid Square blanket pattern. It’s free right here on the blog. It includes written row instructions, knitting chart and tutorial videos for both right and left handed knitters.
As a bonus for you, I also have the instructions and chart for knitting this stitch in the round. I don’t have videos for those at this time.
Are you ready to learn how to knit the pyramid stitch?
By Kristen MangusA downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:
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Medium (#4) worsted weight yarn
Red Heart Super Saver in Light Blue used in sample.
US 7 (4.5 mm) needles
Knitters Pride Karbonz circular needles used in samples.
K = Knit
P = Purl
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side
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18 sts x 27.5 rows in 4” in pyramid stitch
SKILL LEVEL Easy
Option 1: 7” x 9” (18 cm x 23 cm)
Option 2: 12” x 12” (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm)
I’ve included two square sizes in this pattern that are commonly used to make blankets.
The pyramid stitch pattern is a multiple of 8+1 stitches and uses a 16 row repeat.
If there is a + sign after the multiple for a stitch pattern that means there is an extra step to figure out your cast on. For example, if a stitch pattern tells you to cast on a multiple of 6+1. That means, first, you need to find a multiple of 6 that will give you the correct size project. If your gauge gives you 5 sts/in and you want about a 7″ washcloth you need the closest multiple of 6: 36 stitches. Then you need to ADD 1 more stitch to that, so your actual cast on would be 37 stitches for the project.
Cast on 33 (57).
Row 1 (RS): *P1, k7. Rep from * to last st. P1.
Row 2: *K1, p7. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Row 3: P2. *K5, p3. Rep from * to last 7 sts. K5, p2.
Row 4: K2. *P5, k3. Rep from * to last 7 sts. P5, k2.
Row 5: P3. *K3, p5. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K3, p3.
Row 6: K3. *P3, k5. Rep from * to last 6 sts. P3, k3.
Row 7: P4. *K1, p7. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K1, p4.
Row 8: K4. *P1, k7. Rep from * to last 5 sts. P1, k4.
Row 9: K4. *P1, k7. Rep from * to last 5 sts. P1, k4.
Row 10: P4. *K1, p7. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K1, p4.
Row 11: K3. *P3, k5. Rep from * to last 6 sts. P3, k3.
Row 12: P3. *K3, p5. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K3, p3.
Row 13: K2. *P5, k3. Rep from * to last 7 sts. P5, k2.
Row 14: P2. *K5, p3. Rep from * to last 7 sts. K5, p2.
Row 15: *K1, p7. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Row 16: *P1, k7. Rep from * to last st. P1.
Rep Rows 1-16 until piece measures 9” (12”) or until desired length ending on a Row 8 or 16.
Bind off and weave in tails. Block, if desired.
The pyramid stitch knitting chart shows 3 full pattern repeats across and 2 full row repeats. The area in the red rectangle shows 1 stitch pattern repeat.
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The following videos walk you through the entire stitch pattern row by row. You may find fid the following timestamps helpful:
00:01:43 Setup/Cast on info
00:03:05 Row 1 (RS)
00:05:56 Mark RS row
00:06:23 Row 2 WS
00:07:34 Row 3
00:09:41 Row 4
00:11:29 Row 5
00:13:02 Row 6
00:14:28 Row 7
00:16:00 Row 8
00:16:58 Halfway on row repeat
00:17:49 Row 9
00:19:18 Row 10
00:20:17 Row 11
00:21:35 Row 12
00:22:49 Row 13
00:25:00 Row 15
00:25:58 Row 16
00:26:56 Repeating and bind off instructions
BONUS: How to Knit the Pyramid Stitch in the Round
While I do not have videos showing this stitch pattern in the round at this time. I thought you’d like to have the written instructions and chart in case you want to incorporate it into a hat or other project.
Cast on a multiple of 8.
Rnds 1 and 2: *K7, p1. Rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 3 and 4: P1. *K5, p3. Rep from * to last 7 sts. K5, p2.
Rnds 5 and 6: P2. *K3, p5. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K3, p3.
Rnds 7 and 8: P3. *K1, p7. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K1, p4.
Rnds 9 and 10: K3. *P1, k7. Rep from * to last 5 sts. P1, k4.
Rnds 11 and 12: K2. *P3, k5. Rep from * to last 6 sts. P3, k3.
Rnds 13 and 14: K1. *P5, k3. Rep from * to last 7 sts. P5, k2.
Rnds 15 and 16: *P7, k1. Rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnds 1-16 until desired length ending after a Rnd 8 or 16. Bind off and weave in ends.
The following knitting chart show 3 full stitch repeats and 2 full row repeats of the pyramid stitch. One single repeat is outlined in red on the chart.