This is the knitting pattern for the Ruching block 1. 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.

For stitch tutorial

For Ruching Block Option 2

If you’d like to see the video tutorial, you can click above or click HERE. And, if you don’t have time to try this amazing stitch right away, there’s a Pin below that you can save to your Pinterest board.


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.


Image of knit ruching block 1 from Handmade by Stacy J


10″ x 10″ / 25.5 cm x 25.5 cm blocked


22 sts x 30 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in stockinette stitch

Materials needed:

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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

Pin of 2 ways to make the Ruching stitch from Handmade by Stacy J
Here’s a pin for your Pinterest board 🙂

Directions for Ruching Block 1

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

Please remember to tag me on your makes @handmadebystacyj and #handmadebystacyj – I’d love to see them!

Stacy J

This pattern is copyright 2022 Handmade by Stacy J. Please do not duplicate or copy any portion of this pattern, as well as photographs. You are encouraged to share images of your final product and are allowed to sell final products; If you sell your final product, I just ask that you please purchase the ad-free pdf and credit Handmade by Stacy J as the designer. Thank you!

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