*Colored Chess* Knitting Patterns

It may look like Fair Isle or Intarsia, but it's none of the above. In Fair Isle you alternate yarn colors in one row. On the other hand, Intarsia supposes that you have large blocks of each color yarn. And in this simple pattern you just knit, purl and slip stitches with one color yarn in a row.


DK Weight


2.5 mm - US 1 1/2


Marker (m), tapestry needle


k - knit
p - purl
sl2 pwise wyif  - slip 2 purlwise with yarn in front
sl2 pwise wyib - slip 2 purlwise with yarn in back

Colored Chess - Knitting Stitch


Cast-on a multiple of 4 + 2 symmetry stitches 

Row 1, 5 (color A): knit all stitches  
Row 2, 8 (color A): *purl all stitches  
Row 3 (color B): *k2, sl2 pwise wyib; rep from*, k2  
Row 4 (color B): *p2, sl2 pwise wyif; rep from*, p2
Row 6 (color C): *sl2 pwise wyif, p2; rep from*, sl2 pwise wyif  
Row 7 (color C): *sl2 pwise wyib, k2; rep from*, sl2 pwise wyib

Repeat rows 3 - 8

Full Chart:

Colored Chess - Full Chart