Up, UP, AND AWAY! I’m sure we’re all familiar with that phrase from our copyrighted superhero friend. Well today, we’ll skip the blue leotard and just say that U is for Upward Bound Stitch.
What Is It?
Upward Bound stitch is a lopsided chevron lace stitch that is so super easy it should really be used to teach lace knitting. Being as it is a lace stitch, all the even rows are just purl across, so I’m largely going to skip them in this post. Just don’t forget to DO them.
To start, cast on a multiple of nine plus three. I’m using twenty one today.
Row one has you start off by knitting three and then repeating: yarn over, slip slip knit, knit two, knit two together, yarn over knit three. Now might be a good time to review your increases and decreases if it’s been awhile. If you’re good on the how to part, just work the repeat to the end of row one.
Now that you’ve purled row two, let’s knit four to start row three. Repeat; yarn over, slip slip knit, knit two together, yarn over, knit five to the last four stitches, and knit the last four.
Finish up row four and start row five by knitting five. I mentioned above that this is a lopsided chevron stitch, this is the row that makes it lopsided. Yarn over, slip slip knit, knit seven and repeat that to the last five stitches (which you’ll knit). Notice how there’s only ONE leaning decrease and ONE increase in this row, not two? That’s what makes it look lopsided.
Ok, so that doesn’t show it very well, but finish up row six and go back to row one for a few more repeats and you’ll see what I mean.
What Else Can You Do With It?
The thing I love about repeating panels like this is that anywhere you have a stretch of the right number of stitches, you can pop this in. Back of a sweater too plain for you? throw in one or two of these as a panel! Want to do something a little more interesting on that pillow cover? Add Upward Bound in the middle. Love that blanket, but hate that blank spot. Here’s a stitch for you. Lace panel stitches like this one are SO versatile and SO easy to use and insert into just about anything!
On the other hand, maybe you want to work this on it’s own? See if you can make a circular blanket or rug with this stitch. Try out a cushion cover for the patio furniture or use it to make your next project bag!
The Short Version
Cast on a multiple of 9 + 3
Row 1: K3 *yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k3 rep from * to end
Row 2: Purl Across
Row 3: k4 *yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k5 rep from * to last 4, k4
Row 4: Purl across.
Row 5: k5 *yo, ssk, k7, rep from * to last 5sts, k5
Row 6: Purl Across.
Repeat rows 1-6 until you have leaped a tall building in a single bound.