Knitting Pattern: Hurdle Stitch Square (Harmony Blanket # 5)

Mustard-yellow textured knit square on white background | Free knitting pattern: Hurdle Stitch Square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground CrafterThe knitting pattern for the Hurdle Stitch Square combines a 1 x 1 ribbing pattern with garter stitch rows to create a boxy look and a fun texture. The stitch pattern is easy to remember, so it’s a great square for knitting newbies or for tv knitting for more advanced knitters. This pattern is the fifth square in the Harmony Blanket Knit Along.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

For each of the patterns I’m designing in the Harmony Blanket KAL, I’ll be highlighting the book where I came across the stitch pattern. This pattern is from the Complete Photo Guide to Knitting by Margaret Hubert.

You can find my complete review of the first edition of this book, along with an interview with Margaret Hubert, here. (Spoiler alert: It’s also on my list of Must-Have Beginner Knitting Books!) Since my first review, the book has been updated to include even more stitch patterns and projects.

About the Harmony Blanket KAL

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Hurdle Stitch Square

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Mustard-yellow textured knit square on white background | Free knitting pattern: Hurdle Stitch Square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground Crafter02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This textured stitch pattern combines 1 x 1 ribbing with the garter stitch.


Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.


  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/170 yd/156 m) – 1 skein in 158 Mustard, or approximately 38 yd (35 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.


  • Completed square = 6″ (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any odd number of sts, + 8 sts for borders.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO 27 sts.


  • Border Row 1: K to last st, p1.
  • Border Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Border Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Hurdle Stitch Pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k5, *p1, k1; rep from * across to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k4, *p1, k1; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Border Row 2 twice.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until square measures approximately 5.5″ (14 cm), ending after Row 2.


  • Border Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2018 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: Thanks for supporting indie designers!

2 thoughts on “Knitting Pattern: Hurdle Stitch Square (Harmony Blanket # 5)”

  1. I did not like the look of my first 3 squares joined with crochet — Soooooo, I reknit (is reknit a word lol?) one set with cotton yarn and one set with acrylic. I will post pictures soon. Now, on to square five X 2 — do you think I really have to make dinner?


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