Diagonal stitch to the right knitting pattern video tutorial
Knitting stitch patterns

A textured knitting stitch for beginners: Diagonal to the right – For scarves, cowls, blankets

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to knit a diagonal stitch pattern, reversible, perfect to knit an extensive range of garments: Blankies, scarves, cowls, sweaters, bags, cushions… you name it!

The Diagonal Stitch to the Right creates a textured fabric that doesn’t roll up.  It’s easy and fun to knit; a great pattern for beginners. Similar to the “Little Boxes“, a stitch we learned some time ago…


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

K: Knit

P: Purl 

WS: Wrong side

RS: Right side

BO: Bind off

Knitting stitches that don't curl for scarves cowls cushions

Diagonal Stitch to the Right

CO multiples of 7 + 2 stitches (edge stitches); i.e.: 7*4 = 28 + 2 = 30 stitches.

1º Row (RS): K1 (edge), *P4, K3*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1 (edge).

2º and every even row (WS): Work each stitch in the manner that it presents.

3º Row: K1 (edge), *P2, K3, P2*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1 (edge).

5º Row: K1 (edge), *K3, P4*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1 (edge).

7º Row: K1 (edge), *K1, P4, K2*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1 (edge).

9º Row: K1 (edge), *P3, K3, P1*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1 (edge).

11º Row: K1 (edge), *P1, K3, P3*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1 (edge).

13º Row: K1 (edge), *K2, P4, K1*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1 (edge).

14º Row: as 2º row.

And that’s it! Easy-peasy! Repeat these 14 rows until the desired length is reached. BO in pattern after a 14th row.

This is how the wrong side of the work appears:

Easy dense reversible diagonal stitch knitting pattern for beginners

Enjoy the video tutorial:

Diagonal to the Right knitting stitch pattern

One more thing before I say goodbye…

If you want to knit a scarf using this stitch, and don’t know how many stitches to cast on, try the following steps:

  1. Knit a swatch (not less than 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 in.)
  2. See how many stitches are in 10 cm, and decide the width of your scarf. Let’s say 30 cm wide and 140 cm long.
  3. Multiply the number of stitches that you have in 10 cm by 3, and then you know how many st to cast on 😉 
  4. To know how much yarn is needed, weigh your swatch. Since it measures 10 cm x 10 cm, multiply the weight by 3, so the width is covered. Now multiply this number by 13, to include the length. The final number will be the total of gr / oz needed. Good luck!

Happy knitting!


So Woolly – Carolina

PS: Looking for more dense knitting stitches? No worries, take a look of this list!

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