©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2018

©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2018

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CROSSING COLOURS

Here there are two different effects going on simultaneously. One is a check design created by the yarns chosen; the other is the illusion of a smaller contrasting square inside each of the check squares.


This sample is slightly more difficult to make than some of the others because it uses five balls of yarn at once.

The design was inspired by our Double Vision afghan. It requires four different colours split into two small balls of each colour. The piece shown would fit an 18” cushion, when slightly stretched and would require approximately 70 metres of each colour, using DK yarn.

Colour 4


Colour 3


Colour 2


Colour 1

Colour 1


Colour 2


Colour 3


Colour 4

There are 80 stitches and 80 ridges in total. Each block of colour is 20 ridges wide and high.


The first 20 ridges use Colour 1 across all stitches as the ‘dark colour’. The ‘light colour’ is different in each column of 20 stitches. Once the columns are established the vertical colours remain the same throughout. After the first 20 ridges the ‘dark colour’ is changed to Colour 2.


As this was only a sample I added a narrow brown border all round, after starting with a temporary cast on. You could begin with an edging of any width you want, then introduce the other colours, or begin with a temporary cast on and make the decisions later.

After the cast on, or border, of 80 stitches,


Ridge 1 (Light) - First row : Knit 20 using Colour 1, 20 using Colour 2, 20 using Colour 3 and 20 using Colour 4. Second row: purl, using the same colours.

Ridge 2 (Dark - use the second ball of Colour 1) : Knit both rows.

Ridge 3 (Light) : As Ridge 1.

Ridge 4 (Dark) : As Ridge 2.

Ridge 5 (Light) : As Ridge 1.

Ridge 6 (Dark) : Knit the first row. On the second row knit the coloured stitches and purl the white stitches. Repeat for each of the four columns.

The chart shows k5, p10, k5

Ridge 7 (Light) : Knit the first row. On the second row knit the coloured stitches and purl the white stitches. Repeat for each of the four columns.

The chart shows p5, k10, p5

Ridges 8 - 15 : Repeat Ridges 6 and 7 four times.

Ridge 16 (Dark) : As Ridge 2.

Ridge 17 (Light) : As Ridge 1.

Ridge 18 (Dark) : As Ridge 2.

Ridge 19 (Light) : As Ridge 1.

Ridge 18 (Dark) : As Ridge 2.

Click chart for larger version

After completing the first 20 ridges, break off the second ball of Colour 1 and join in the second ball of Colour 2. Work the next set of 20 ridges in the same way. Change to Colour 3 for ridges 41 - 60 and Colour 4 for ridges 61 - 80.


Cast off or add your required border.