There's been some interest in this lately, so I thought I'd jump in here with a bit of history. If anyone knows where this pattern comes from please let me know. I had an afghan made with this stitch a while back and had to figure the pattern out myself. I've used it for everything from an afghan, to a scarf and even a beach bag (now that was killer, trying to figure it out in the round!!). I'll try and get some pictures of a few of the items I've made and put them up on this website. This pattern is attractive, fun, easy and reversible!
To achieve the best effect from this stitch, pick two, highly contrasting colors.
In the sample below, I have used worsted weight yarn, Cranberry as the MC, and Aran as the CC. I used an H hook.
Row 1 (foundation): With MC, ch 32, dc in 6th ch from hook. *Ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in next ch. Repeat from * across to the end. Ch 4. Drop loop off hook and lay foundation aside (14 spaces make up the foundation).
Row 2: With CC, ch 30. Pick up and hold foundation with ch 4 to the upper right. Taking CC chain, weave it in and out starting from right side and underneath MC foundation, ending with last ch of CC in the middle of last sp in MC foundation. Make sure ch is not twisted and the v�s of the chain are facing you.
The picture below shows how it looks from the right side.
The picture below shows how it looks from the wrong side.
Pick up CC chain in hook and working in back of work on CC, make a dc in 6th ch from hook. *Ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc into next ch. Repeat from * across work. Ch 4 drop loop, do not turn work.
Below is a picture of the right side of the work with the row partially done, followed by one of the wrong side of the work with the row partially done
Below are pictures of the right side with the 2nd row finished, and the wrong side of the row finished.
Row 3: Pick up MC loop, and working with and into MC, working in back of work, work 1st dc into first dc of Row 1. * Ch 1, sk next ch, and working in front of work, dc in next MC dc, ch 1, sk next ch, and working in back of work, dc in next MC dc. Repeat from * across to end. Hold CC ch 4 towards you, working last MC dc into MC dc. Ch 4, turn.
Below are pictures of the right, and then wrong sides of the work finished to this point.
Row 4 and following even rows: Pick up and work CC row, working all dc�s into CC dc�s in previous CC row working entirely behind work. Ch 4. Do not turn.
Row 5 and following odd rows: Pick up and work MC row, working every other MC dc behind work into MC dc�s in previous MC row, and every other MC dc in front of work into MC dc�s in previous MC row. Ch 4, turn.
Below are pictures of the right and wrong sides of a sample piece with several rows complete.