Diagonal Ladders knitting stitch pattern and video tutorial
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit the Diagonal Ladders stitch pattern

Today, you’ll learn how to knit the Diagonal Ladders stitch, another pattern great for beginners.


Well, because there is no need to increase or decrease…yep!

Actually, the only techniques required are knit + purl… easy-peasy! 

It reminds me of the Double Andalusian stitch we practiced a while ago… we could say they share the same DNA 😉

The Diagonal Ladders stitch is a four-row repeat pattern, and the repeat is short, so it doesn’t matter if you are just starting to knit.

In addition, it’s a reversible stitch; although both sides aren’t identical, they look adorable, so you are free to choose which one will be the right side of the work.

Finally, it’s an ideal pattern for a wide range of projects: From baby/adult stuff to home-decor pieces (cushions, placemats, dishcloths, table runners, etc.).

So, grab your needles and a little bit of yarn, and let’s get started.


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

P: Purl

K: Knit

RS: Right side of the work

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work

N.B.: The odd rows form the right side of the work

Diagonal Ladders reversible knit stitch pattern. So Woolly.

Diagonal Ladders knit stitch pattern

CO multiples of 5 + 1; i.e.: 5 * 3 = 15 + 1 = 16 stitches.

1º row (RS): *P2, K3*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, P1

2º row: P1, *P2, K1, P1, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

3º row: *P1, K2, P1, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, P1

4º row: K1, *K1, P3, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

This four rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished BO working each stitch as it presents, after a row 3 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

Diagonal Ladders knitting pattern for beginners. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Diagonal Ladders stitch

I hope you like it!

Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂


Carolina –  So Woolly

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