Build-a-Block Series: Knitted Stitch Block #3- Easy Peasy Knits & Purls

Each Wednesday during the month of January, I promised to post a new pattern for my Build-a-Block Series so you can get the chance to learn some new stitches and maybe endeavor to make an afghan to give to your favorite charity.

With this week’s block, I thought you might like an easy knit and purl pattern because when working a Stitch Block afghan, incorporating basic stitch patterns has some great benefits. Here are just a few:

  • They create visual depth and variety.
  • They add a sense of balance when paired with stitches that incorporate graphic patterns like cables and bobbles.

This Stitch Block pattern is comprised of knit and purl stitches, along with yarn overs and passing stitches over each other. If you’re not familiar with these techniques, not to worry, because they’re quite easy to master.

My best advice when encountering a new stitch pattern: Just cast on and get swatching! You’ll have that “ah ha” moment when you start working your pattern. Just follow instructions below, and if you have any questions I’ll be here to help!

Block #3 Easy Peasy Knits & Purls by Lisa Carnahan

Finished Measurement

12-inch square

Skill Level



  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size 9 (5.25mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge


20 sts = 4 inches/10cm in St st.


Cast on 52 sts. Knit 6 rows.

Next row: Knit, inc 6 sts across row—58 sts.

Work pattern as follows:

Row 1 (RS): K4, *yo, k2, pass yo over the k2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Row 2: K4, purl to last 4 sts, k4.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 11 inches, ending by working a RS row.

Next row: Knit, dec 6 sts across row—52 sts.

Knit 6 rows.

Bind off all sts loosely. ❖



2 Responses to Build-a-Block Series: Knitted Stitch Block #3- Easy Peasy Knits & Purls

  1. Dorothy Bell says:

    Thanks for a wonderful idea to help learn to knit and make a blanket for someone in need. THANK YOU!

  2. Ellisen says:

    Like the overall texture. Thank you.

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