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Stitch Pattern Sunday – Block Challenge!


I’ve decided to add some “Block Challenges” on Sundays to encourage everyone participating in the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL to try designing some of your own blocks. That way, in addition to the Stitch Patterns I provide for you, you’ll be able to try some other stitch patterns too! By now, you’ll probably have noticed, most of the blocks have an approximate cast-on amount between 30 and 34 sts (and between 38 to 42 sts for cable type Stitch Patterns, because they have a tendency to “pull-in” at the cable…..).

You might feel like this is “cheating”, making you design some of your own blocks, but ACTUALLY the whole point of my “Stitch Pattern” series is to help you get comfortable with knitting/using Stitch Patterns. What a better way than for you to try designing a block or 2 yourself? so here’s this week’s challenge….

  1. Find a Stitch Pattern using ONLY knit and purl stitches (there are LOTS of online resources if you don’t own a Stitch Dictionary).
  2. Figure out how many cast-on stitches you’ll need (don’t forget there are quite a few people in the KAL who are ready and willing to help with this).
  3. Knit a square using your Stitch Pattern that blocks out to the squares you’ve been knitting (mine have been blocking at 9″, but maybe yours aren’t….).

So…..Are you up for the challenge?

Happy Knitting!




Hi! I'm Lori! Welcome to my little corner of the blogging world! My hubby and I live on a small farm in Eastern Oregon with 5 cats (it's a LONG story), 3 horses and a mule. I work full-time as a department lead at the nursery department of a local hardware store. You'll discover I have wa-a-a-ay too many hobbies for the amount of "spare time" I have. So, I'll just keep muddling though this life.....

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