Free Pattern – Bad to the Herringbone – Harmony Blanket Square #33

Bad to the Herringbone is pattern #33 in the 2018 Harmony Blanket Knit Along. This square uses common decreases with a slight modification to create the dense, herringbone texture.

For more help with this pattern, check out my herringbone stitch photo and video tutorial.

Bad to the Herringbone - A free pattern on Stitches n

The Harmony Blanket KAL is a knit-along event hosted by the Underground Crafter, Creative Crochet Workshop, and myself. Together with a great team of guest designers, we will be bringing you 48 blanket square patterns throughout the year. Each pattern will have the same, garter stitch border, so that they can easily be combined into a blanket!

Lion Brand has generously provided us with their lovely Vanna’s Choice yarn for free, to use for our designs. It’s a washable, worsted weight acrylic yarn that’s a great choice for blankets. For more information about the event and links to the patterns, be sure to visit the main #HarmonyBlanket post. I hope you’ll join in the fun!

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Bad to the Herringbone

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Skill Level:

Experienced – modified decrease stitches, increases, and decreases.


6 inch square


17 sts x 25 rows = 4 inches in stockinette. Use pattern as gauge swatch – finished square should be 6 inches.

Abbreviations used:

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • sl = slip
  • kfb = knit front and back
  • ssk = slip slip knit
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

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Cast on 25 stitches

Garter stitch bottom border:

Row 1 (RS): K 24, p 1.

Rows 2-4: Sl 1 knitwise, k 23, p 1.

Main section of square 

Row 5 (RS): Sl 1 knitwise, (k 4, kfb) twice, k 3, (kfb, k 4) twice, p1. (29 sts)

Row 6: Sl 1 knitwise, k 3, (p2tog removing only first loop from left needle) across to last 5 sts, p1, k 3, p 1.

p2tog drop 1 loop - Knit Herringbone stitch tutorial Stitches n Scraps

Row 7: Sl 1 knitwise, k 3, ssk removing only one loop from left needle, (sl 1 purlwise, sl 1 knitwise, insert left needle back into slipped stitches and knit both stitches together removing only 1 loop from left needle) across to last 5 sts, k 4, p 1.

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Repeat rows 6-7 until work measures 5.25 inches, then repeat row 6 once more.

Decrease Row: Sl 1 knitwise, (k 4, ssk) twice, k 3, (ssk, k 4) twice, p1. (25 sts)

Garter stitch top border:

Rows 1-5: Sl 1 knitwise, k 23, p 1.

Bind off all stitches and weave in ends.


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Chart - Bad to the Herringbone - A free pattern on Stitches n

I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Lion Brand for providing the yarn!

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  • Beate Gravel

    I checked this stitch on the internet and found several different methods on how to do this particular stitch. None matching these instructions except for All Free Knitting, actually did exactly what the instructions said….
    I was unable to follow the pictures that were provided that is why I went to look for better instructions

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