Ruching Block 1

©2022 Handmade by Stacy J

Sample of Ruching knit block in purple from Handmade by Stacy J

These squares can be used as practice blocks, as an addition to a blanket that uses squares, extend the length to make a scarf or use cotton yarn and create a dishcloth - the options are endless! Each square is noted with the multiples with which each stitch pattern is worked so that the pattern is completely customizable.

Notes: To obtain a cleaner edge, slip the first stitch purl wise with the yarn in front

This block is easily adaptable to any size - the pattern works in multiples of 1.

The ruching of this stitch pattern is created by doubling the amount of stitches in indicated rows using a smaller needle. The ruching is then brought together by reducing the amount of stitches and then switching to larger needles.

Ruching Stitch Block Pin from Handmade by Stacy J

Measures: 10" x 10" / 25.5 cm x 25.5 cm blocked

Gauge: 22 sts x 30 rows = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette stitch

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Stitches / Abbreviations used:

Bind off

Cast on

Ea: each

K: Knit

K2tog: Knit 2 together

Kfb: Knit front and back

P: Purl

RS: Right Side

St (s): Stitch (es)

WS: Wrong side

Sample image of Ruching stitch in purple from Handmade by Stacy J


To see a video tutorial of this stitch, click HERE

With US 6 / 4 mm needles, cast on 44

  1. Knit

  2. Knit

  3. (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2

  4. (RS): Knit

  5. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2

  6. Knit

  7. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2

  8. Knit

  9. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2

  10. K2, kfb in ea st to last 2 sts, k2; (84 sts) change to smaller needles for next row

  11. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2

  12. Knit

  13. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2

  14. Knit

  15. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2

  16. K2, k2tog across row, k2; change to larger needles for next row


Rep rows 3 - 16 three more times

Rep rows 3 - 8 once more


Bind off knit wise

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