The “surprise” in this pattern becomes apparent when you look at the stripes on one side… then turn it over. Magically, the stripes are vertical on one side and horizontal on the other!
Even though this design is structurally a double knit, the pattern is simply written to use only knit, purl and slip stitches, making it easy enough for a less-experienced knitter. At the same time, more advanced knitters find the pattern easy to memorize and a great choice for social knitting.
This pattern lends itself well to experimenting with different yarns for different looks. Try highly contrasting solid colors like to ones shown above for a bold look, tone on tone for a more subtle look (think similar solids, or tweeds, or heathers), a mixture of textures such as mohair and plied, or even gradient or self-striping yarn paired with a solid.
Gradient and Solid (Photo by Colleen Rosenthal)