Build-a-Block Series: Knitted Stitch Block #5 Simple Ladders

Hard to believe that we’re just about done with our Build-a-Block Series. Some of you have had issues with printing out the charts, and I want to apologize for the problems you’ve been encountering. I hope that the pdf versions helped you out. If you run into any further problems, leave a comment on this post, or click the link to the left to contact me directly.

The final Block, Simple Ladders is another easy knit and purl combination. The linear elements in this pattern, add a nice level of contrast against some of the more organic stitch motifs found in a few of the previous Blocks.

Keep your comments coming, and let me know what you plan on doing with your Stitch Blocks. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Block #5 Simple Ladders 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

Special Abbreviation

Centered Double Decrease: (CDD): Slip next 2 sts as if to k2tog, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over knit st to dec 2 sts.


Cast on 52 sts. Knit 6 rows.

Next row: Knit, inc 1 st across row—53 sts.

Work pattern as follows:

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

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

Row 3: K4, *yo, CDD, yo, k3; rep from * to last 7 sts, yo, CDD, yo, k4.

Row 4: Knit.

Rep Rows 1–4 until piece measures 11 inches, ending by working a RS row.

Next row: Knit, dec 1 st across row—52 sts.

Knit 6 rows.

Bind off all sts loosely. ❖


Simple Ladders Chart

9 Responses to Build-a-Block Series: Knitted Stitch Block #5 Simple Ladders

  1. sharon says:

    Have enjoyed your little squares. I knit lap robes for local nursing homes and this gives me new patterns to make for them, however, do you have a pattern that is reversable pattern.

  2. Deann says:

    Thank you for sharing the patterns for these great blocks 🙂 I am really looking forward to trying to knit them. Above you mention that the pdf’s might be better for the charts… How do we get the pdf?

    Thanks again!

    • Kara says:

      Hi Deann,
      Some readers were having problems with the charts because they were printing out black. If you can print them out successfully, then you’re good to go!

  3. karen lee stoloff says:

    Can’t seem to print out this 12″ square pattern. Any .help? It is knitted stitch pattern 5 with the ladders.

    Thank you

    • Kara says:

      Hi Karen,
      You may want to check your print settings since all printers are different. Here’s another idea– You could also try to reduce your screen down so you can get the pattern to fit on one page and the hit your “Print Screen” button, then copy and paste this into a word doc and print from there.

      Hope this helps!

  4. Ellisen says:

    Thank you thank you for sharing your talents with us. These are lovely blocks. I knit blocks with bright acrylic colors for blankets for children in need.

  5. Ellisen says:

    Thank you for these 5 lovely interesting blocks. I plan to knit them, with other blocks, for a blanket to donate for children.

  6. Sandy Herrington says:

    Would you consider designing more blocks for us. I love the concept of afghans made of different blocks. It reduces the weight of knitting the entire piece at once and is more visually pleasing. I have been knitting since childhood but have never knit these particular stitches so am learning new skills.

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