This week’s challenge is to design a block using Cables! Yesterday’s stitch pattern was Small Claw Cables. Such a fun Stitch Pattern! But. As you know, I also want YOU to do a little designing of your own….and what could be better than a cable block?!?! Maybe even find a reversible cable for your block? Your block will need to have a cast-on amount somewhere between 36-40 sts (since your cable tends to “pull-in” the block. I can’t wait to see what you choose! Be sure to share your block either on the Facebook group or our Ravelry goup.
When “planning” out the blocks for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, I knew I wanted a Cable Block (or two….) in the blanket. I also knew I didn’t have a great way to chart out a Cable Pattern (although, I may have found a solution with Stitch Fiddle….). This Small Claw Cable seemed like a good block pattern, so, I re-worked the pattern a little bit to get a cast-on amount that would work for our blocks. I hope you find this block as much fun to knit as I did!
Small Claw Cable
Cast-on 38 sts
Rows 1 and 3 (Right Side): K1 (edge st), *k4, p2, k8, p2; repeat form *once more to last 5 sts, end k5.
Rows 2 and 4: K1 (edge st), *p1, k2, p1, k2, p8, k2; repeat from *once more to last 5 sts, end p1, k2, p1, k1 (edge st).
Row 5 (Twist Row): k1 (edge st), *k4, p2, 4st RKC (RKC – Right Knit Cross – slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold to back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle), 4 st LFC (LFC- Left Knit Cross – slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold to front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle), p2; repeat from *once more to last 5 sts, end k5.
Repeat rows 2 – 5 for pattern.
It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another Block Challenge! As we discussed last week, I “might” be having a hard time knitting up enough blocks for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL. My solution is to let you try your hand at designing a few of your own blocks. I really like the idea and can’t wait to see what you come up with! Here’s this week’s Challenge…..Slipped stitches! You’ll need to find a Stitch Pattern that incorporates a slipped stitch somehow. That’s this week’s challenge! Are you up for it?
P.S. I recently (like, less than 15 minutes ago….) added a new Ravelry Group for the knitting/crocheting followers of the blog. Be sure to join me over at Muddling Through Life Knits (and Crochets….) We’ll be KAL-ing over there too (for the not-so-much fans of Facebook folks)!
It’s Saturday! Time for a new Stitch Pattern for your Sampler Blanket (unless, of course, you’re making dishcloths instead…. 😉 ) for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL! This week it’s the Woven Stitch. If you noticed, there are EIGHT rows to this Stitch Pattern. Don’t panic! It will be okay, this Stitch Pattern is still very easy to keep track of! (although, I did use a Row Counter to keep track of what row I was on….). Well, if your needles are ready, I present the Woven Stitch….
Cast-on a multiple of 4 +2 (for the KAL Cast-on 34 sts)
Row 1: (Right Side) Knit all sts.
Row 2: Purl all sts.
Row 3: K2, *p2, k2; repeat across to end.
Row 4: P2, *k2, p2; repeat across to end.
Row 5: Knit all sts.
Row 6: Purl all sts.
Row 7: P2, *k2, p2; across to end.
Row 8: K2, *p2, k2; across to end.
Repeat Rows 1-8 for pattern.
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….
- Find a Stitch Pattern using ONLY knit and purl stitches (there are LOTS of online resources if you don’t own a Stitch Dictionary).
- 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).
- 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?
The first Stitch Pattern of 2019! Double Andalusian with some simple, easy to memorize, knit/purl combinations. It’s still not too late to join our “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL. We’ve been having an awesome time admiring great looking blocks for blankets, but also, some LOVELY dishcloths made too! You just can’t beat getting together with your crafty friends and knitting through the winter!
Double Andalusian –
Cast-on a multiple of 3 + 1, plus 1 edge st on each side (for the KAL, you will be casting on 33 sts)
Row 1 (Right Side) – Knit all sts.
Row 2: K1 (edge), purl to the last st, k2 (edge)
Row 3: Knit all sts.
Row 4: K1 (edge), p1, *k2, p1; repeat across to last st, k1.
If you’re following along with this winter’s Beat the Winter Blues KAL, one of the most asked questions is “How Many Blocks Will I Need to Make”? I have to say, that’s a fair question. In order to give you an answer though, I figured I should find some “common” blanket sizes. Well….common to the closest measurement divided by 9 (if you remember, my blocks knit up to 8″, but blocked out to 9″). Here’s the amount of blocks you’ll need to make a blanket (just a note here….if your blocks are blocking out to something other than 9″, you’re going to have to do a little math to get you close to the above sizes….sorry about that…..BUT. that’s the great thing about a KAL, one of us should be able to help with the whole math thing! 😉 ).
Blanket Sizes (and how many blocks you’ll need!):
- Crib Size – 36″x54″ – 4 blocks wide x 6 blocks long = 24 total
- Lapghan – 45″x45″ – 5 blocks wide x 5 blocks long = 25 total
- Large Throw – 54″x63″ – 6 blocks wide x 7 blocks long = 42 total
- Full Size – 72″x88″ – 9 blocks wide x 11 blocks long = 99 total
- Queen Size – 80″x96″ – 10 blocks wide x 12 blocks long = 120 total
If you really want to make a Full Size or queen size blanket, but the total of blocks scared you….don’t panic! You’d be surprised how quickly the blocks knit up. I’ve been averaging 1 to 2 blocks a week with VERY little knitting time devoted to knitting blocks! Plus to be fair to me, I have a habit of getting distracted by other projects. It’s a real thing for me! 😉