How to Make a Zig Zag Throw

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4-04-2021, 02:30
Zig zag throws are great blankets with a fun pattern that can be customized depending on how many colors you'd like to use. Whether you're crocheting your throw or knitting it, counting your stitches will be super important so that your throw turns out evenly. Go slowly as you work with your yarn and feel free to practice some of the stitches before jumping into your project to make it easier.

Crocheting a Chevron Pattern

  1. Chain a multiple of 25 to make the throw as wide as you’d like. A full zig zag is 50 stitches, while 1 zig or zag is 25, so decide how many multiples of 25 you’d like your throw to be. Make a slip knot and create a chain using your crochet hook by looping the yarn back to front and using the hook to pull the chain through.
    • This project uses a 5.5 mm crochet hook.
    • Keep your chains loose so that your throw stays the same width as you work.
  2. Add an additional 5 chains for when you turn your work. Chain 5 more chains onto your work no matter how many multiples of 25 you’re using. These extra chains are for when you drop stitches and manipulate them when turning your project.
    • For example, if you chose to do 100 chains (4 sets of 25), you would have 105 chains total.
  3. Skip the first chain and do a single crochet stitch into the next 2. Instead of sticking your crochet hook into the top chain, skip this chain and move to the second one. Do a single crochet stitch into the second chain and again into the third chain.
    • Make a single crochet stitch by slipping your hook through the chain, wrapping the yarn around the hook and pulling it through the top stitch, wrapping the yarn around the hook and pulling it through both stitches.
    • In the US it’s called a single crochet stitch, but in the UK this is a double crochet stitch.
  4. Pass over the next chain before single crocheting into 11 chains. Skip your next chain and start working into the chain after it. Do a single crochet stitch into the next 11 chains.
    • Count each stitch carefully so you don't lose track of which number you're on.
  5. Do 3 single crochet stitches into 1 chain. In the next chain, create a single crochet stitch. In that same chain, do this 2 more times so that you have 3 single crochet stitches all together in 1 chain.
    • This forms the zig zag’s peak.
  6. Crochet a single crochet stitch into the next 11 chains. Do 1 single crochet stitch for each chain as you work your way down the zig zag. Count each stitch so you don’t lose your place and mess up the count.
  7. Skip 2 chains and use a single crochet stitch into the next 11 chains. Pass over 2 chains and begin working in the third. Use a single crochet stitch for each of the 11 chains that come next.
    • Skipping 2 chains will create the dip in your zig zag.
  8. Do 3 single crochet stitches into 1 chain before crocheting 11 stitches. Just like you did before to create the peak, create 3 single crochet stitches in the same chain. Add 1 single crochet stitch in each chain for the next 11 stitches.
  9. Continue this pattern until you reach the last 3 stitches. Keep following this pattern to create the peaks and dips that make up your zig zag. Repeat the pattern until you reach your very last peak and have crocheted the 11 stitches with just 3 left. Skip 1 stitch and single crochet the last 2.
    • Write the pattern out on a piece of paper and keep it next to you as you work, if you'd like.
  10. Begin the second row by chaining 1 and flipping over your work. Once you’ve worked the last stitch of the first row, add 1 additional chain to the end. Turn your work over so that it’s on the other side and ready to be crocheted.
    • For example, if you finished the first row and your last stitches were on the left side of your work, flip the piece so that now they're on the right side.
  11. Repeat the same pattern but work into the first stitch this time. While you skipped the first stitch when you started this project, this time you’ll single crochet right into it. Do the second single crochet into the next stitch and continue the same pattern that you used for the first row until you reach the end. Keep repeating this pattern for however many rows you’d like.
    • Adding the additional chain and working into the first stitch will keep your throw even.
  12. Add different colors of zig zags to your throw until it’s your desired length. To swap out the color of yarn, finish an entire row of crocheting and tie the yarn off. Begin the next row using your new color so that the zig zags are even. You can use as many colors as you’d like, just remember to only change them once you’ve finished an entire row.
    • Weave the ends of the tied off sections back into the throw once you’re completely finished.

Knitting a Zig Zag Blanket

  1. Cast 121 stitches on using 5.5 mm round knitting needles. Pick out a set of 5.5 mm knitting needles (or US size 9) as well as a yarn color that you’d like to use. Using round knitting needles will let you keep all of your stitches on the needle so the process is easier. Cast 121 stitches onto your needle.
    • Count your stitches carefully to make sure you have 121 before you start knitting.
  2. Start the first row with a knit 1 and slip slip knit (ssk). Knit the first stitch on your needle regularly. Slip your knitting needle into the second and third stitches as if you’re going to knit them, but instead slide them off. Slide your left knitting needle back into these 2 stitches and knit them regularly as 1 stitch.
    • The first row will be more complicated than the next row, but still very easy to follow.
  3. Knit 9, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, and then knit 10. Continue the first row by knitting the next 9 stitches regularly. Yarn over by wrapping your yarn around your knitting needle and then knit the next stitch. Yarn over again and knit 10 stitches normally.
    • Count your stitches as you go so you know which one you’re on.
    • The shorthand for this is k9, yo, k1, yo, k10.
  4. Do a mitered decrease (md) to decrease your stitches. Slip your knitting needle into the next 2 stitches as if you’re going to knit them together, but instead slide them off. Knit 1 stitch regularly and then grab the 2 stitches you slipped off and pull them over the 1 stitch that you knit. This is called a mitered decrease.
  5. Knit the next 10 stitches and then yarn over. Count your stitches carefully as you knit 10 normally. Yarn over by wrapping the yarn around your knitting needle.
    • The knitting shorthand for this step is k10, yo.
  6. Repeat this pattern until you have 13 stitches left. Once you’ve done all of the steps so far, you’ve made 1 zig and 1 zag. Start over from the beginning and repeat these same steps to continue making more zig zags. Stop once you only have 13 stitches left on your knitting needle.
    • The steps to repeat are k1, ssk, k9, yo, k1, yo, k10, md, k10, yo. Without knitting shorthand, this means knit 1, slip slip knit, knit 9, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 10, mitered decrease, knit 10, and yarn over.
  7. Complete the last 13 stitches by following the pattern k1, yo, k9, k2tog, k1. This means you knit 1 and then yarn over. Knit the next 9 stitches normally before knitting the next 2 together as if they’re 1. Then knit the last stitch normally.
    • Once you’ve knit the last stitch, there shouldn’t be any stitches left on your left knitting needle.
  8. Flip your work over and purl every stitch for the second row. Flip your stitching so that your work is now in your left hand with the stitches ready to be knit. Purl the entire second row (all 121 stitches) by sticking your knitting needle into the first stitch from the back of it instead of the front and wrapping your yarn around it before sliding the stitch off.
    • When you get to a yarn over, stick your needle through the back loop instead of the front so you don’t have a hole in your work.
  9. Swap your yarn color once you’ve knit 10 rows. Keep following the pattern by knitting alternating rows. Every other row will be a row made entirely of purl stitches while the other rows will be the more complicated pattern. Once you’ve knit 10 total rows, switch colors by simply wrapping your new color around the needle when you go to knit the first stitch.
    • If you wanted a thin zig zag, you might only do 4 rows of a color, while a thick zig zag might have 15 rows instead of 10.
    • Cut the old yarn color off while leaving you enough length to weave it into your throw at the end.
  10. Keep switching colors until you’re happy with your throw’s length. Follow the same pattern and knit 10 rows for each color. You might choose to only use 2 colors and swap them out each time, or you could add multiple different colors for a bright throw. Once your throw is as long as you’d like it to be, cast off and weave the loose ends into your project.
    • For instance, your throw might have blue and white zig zag stripes, or it could be a rainbow throw with lots of different colored zig zags.


  • If you're having trouble understanding how to do certain stitches, try watching videos of how to do them for a more visual learning approach.
  • Leave at least 3 in (7.6 cm) of cut yarn loose when you start a new color so you can weave in the ends.
  • Write out the crochet or knitting shorthand for each row if you'd like so you can refer to this as you work.


  • Always keep track of which number stitch you're on so you don't lose track and mess up your throw.

Things You'll Need

Crocheting a Chevron Pattern

  • 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn in at least 2 colors
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle (optional)

Knitting a Zig Zag Blanket

  • 5.5 mm knitting needles (US size 9)
  • Yarn in at least 2 colors
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle (optional)
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