Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Long-Slip Striped Table Runner

Long-Slip Striped Table Runner

I'm not exactly sure why I decided to knit a table runner, but I think it was some combination of wanting to create a non-wearable knit for summer and NOT wanting to knit four whole placemats (if the baby won't even let me knit more than one coaster, you know a gaggle of placemats will never happen). Whatever my inspiration was, however, I totally dig the end result - colorful, cheerful, and functional, this table runner is a great choice if you want to keep knitting through the summer but don't want to make winter-y items. It would also make a lovely gift, if Christmas knitting is already on your mind...

A close-up of the pattern. So stripey!
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Jeannee (51% Cotton, 49% Acrylic; 111 yards [102 meters]/50 grams); #0023 (Lavender) - two skeins (color A), #0006 (Sage) - one skein (color B), #0022 (Gray) - one skein (color C), & #0033 (Teal) - one skein (color D)

Needles: Straight needles in size 8, at least a 24" circular needle in size 6 (there's no circular knitting here, but you will need something long to pick up stitches along the edge of the runner)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches on size 8 needles

Using your color A yarn and your size 6 needles, cast on 53 stitches loosely. Then, work the following rows:

Set-up Rows 1 - 9: using color A, k1, * p1, k1; rep from *

Set-up Row 10: using color A, purl

And once these 10 rows are done, it's time to switch to our size 8 needles and our main pattern, which is Long-Slip Stripes from page 37 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. And although I hate to do this to you, I should mention that your finished result will be nicer if you clip the tails of each of your yarn colors after each set of four rows - the color pattern is a bit long to bring them up the sides effectively. Anyway, let's proceed as follows:

Rows 1 & 3 (right side): using color B, k1, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1 *

Row 2: using color B, p1, * slip 1 with yarn in front, p1 *

Row 4: using color B, purl

Rows 5 - 8: using color C, repeat rows 1 - 4

Rows 9 - 12: using color D, repeat rows 1 - 4

Rows 13 - 16: using color A, repeat rows 1 - 4

Knit rows 1 - 16 eleven times (or more, if desired), and then switch back to your size 6 needle and knit the following edging rows:

Edging Rows 1 - 9: using color A, k1, * p1, k1 *

Bind off loosely in pattern and tuck in all the dang ends you've accumulated so far. And now it's time to pick up stitches along the raw edges of this piece! So, using your size 6 needle and your color A yarn, pick up 111 stitches along one of the piece's edges (if you chose to make the runner longer, pick up 9 additional stitches for each additional pattern repeat you complete - basically, you'll be picking up 6 stitches for the seed stitch edging on either end, and, like I said, 9 stitches for each pattern repeat). Then, work the following edging rows:

Edging Rows 1 - 5: k1, * p1, k1 *

Once these are done, bind off loosely in pattern and repeat on the other side. Finally, tuck in ends and block. The slip stitch portion of this pattern will draw in more than the seed stitch ends, so you may want to block it a bit wider in the center.


  1. Is there a particular reason why you chose not to do the edge along with the pattern? I find that picking up and creating the edge is never identical on both sides.

    1. Hi there!

      Yes, the reason I didn't do an edge along with it is because of the fact that it's a slipped stitch pattern and those compress more than ordinary patterns. Because the very edge of the pattern does not contain slipped stitches, so it's bunched up and not terribly attractive.

  2. How did you get that stripy patten because i've been doing as the instruction said, but it looks nothing like the picture and I feel like I'm doing it wrong

    1. Hmmm... I think the instructions are accurate, so it's a bit hard for me to diagnose what's going wrong from here. The first thing that pops to mind: do you have your slipped stitches lining up? Because when you move from one color to the next you should be slipping stitches of the previous color for three whole rows, which is what gives the long stitch color overlay over the new color. That's the only thing I can think of off the top of my head - if you can give me a more detailed description of what's going wrong, or email me a picture at, I can try again! :)

    2. Thanks for the help! I found out what I did wrong I had an extra stitch which causes mt problem, but now it's fixed and looks like the picture

    3. Perfect! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

  3. Hi there, thanks for dhar g yhis pattern, really pretty. I am wondering how long your runner was? I am trying to calculate how much yarn I need to do the runner and 2 or 4 placemats. Any guidance is greatly appreciated. Newbie knitter.

    1. Hi there! I believe this ended up measuring roughly 22" long. :)