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Checkmate Wrap

Free Knitting Pattern

A strongly textured wrap created using only three stitches. Knit, yarn over and knit two together; making this an excellent project for a beginner or a wonderfully mindless therapy knit while binge watching your favourite show.

The chunky Malabrigo yarn creates a wonderfully soft warming wrap with a subtle colour change from the Amoroso colourway, seen in the sample images. A good strong blocking will really show off the contrast of the chessboard inspired blocks.



Malabrigo Chunky Yarn

Two skeins of 157 Amoroso

Total of 200 yards approx 200g (100g per skein)


US 11/ UK 8mm


Blocked in main colour worked pattern 4” x 4” = 12sts x 12 rounds


Wool needle to finish.

Pattern Notes

The wrap is knit flat with every even row worked in knit stitch.

Tension is not too important to the project and you can increase the amount of yarn used for a longer wrap.

To make it wider increase the cast on by a multiple of 8sts for each column of check blocks, shown in the chart below to the left of the repeat section.

To make is longer continue to repeat the 16 row pattern until you reach your preferred length.



k knit

k2tog knit 2 stitches together - decrease 1 st

yo yarn over - increase 1 st

st(s) stitch(es)



Cast on 40 sts using longtail cast on method, video below.

Row 1 (RS): (K8, (yo, k2tog) x 4) twice, k8. (40 sts)

Row 2 and all WS rows: Knit.

Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 5: Repeat row 1.

Row 7: Repeat row 1.

Row 9: ((Yo, k2tog) x 4, k8) twice, (yo, k2tog) x 4.

Row 11: Repeat row 9.

Row 13: Repeat row 9.

Row 15: Repeat row 9.

Repeat rows 1-16 until you reach your preferred length.

Sample uses 11 repeats for a total of 176 rows.

Cast off and weave in the ends. Block Firmly and you have a stunning new wrap.


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