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)!
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.
As part of the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, I present A new Stitch Pattern for your Afghan blocks, washcloths or Sampler Scarf. The Bamboo Reed. This is an easy to memorize Stitch Pattern (“easy to memorize” might be my FAVORITE!). It also has nice texture!
Cast on an Even number of stitches (for your KAL squares you’ll cast-on 32 stitches)
Row 1: K1 (edge), *yo, k2, pass the yo st over both knit sts ; repeat across to last st, k1 (edge).
Row 2 K1 (edge), purl across to last st, k1 (edge).
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for pattern.
( just a note – when blocking my Bamboo Reed block, it doesn’t block out vertically as much as it will horizontally. I’ve been knitting all my blocks until they measure 8 inches and they block out to 9 inches. This block would not budge , vertically past 8 inches. My suggestion would be to knit this square to the length of what your squares have been blocking to…..)
If you’ve joined the Facebook Group or the Ravelry Group. And. If you’ve picked out yarn. And. If you’ve knit your Garter stitch square (although, I’m not convinced this last step is crucial…..), it’s time to start knitting squares! Since this is an “unstructured” KAL, All of the squares will be chosen by YOU. What does that mean exactly? Let’s say I give the cast-on amounts for a Seed Stitch block. BUT. You don’t really think you LIKE the Seed Stitch Block. Then….don’t knit the Seed Stitch Block! Maybe knit an extra Garter stitch block or an extra Mock Cable block! It’s all up to you! AND. Remember….you don’t even have to knit a Sampler “blanket” if you don’t want. You can knit a sampler “scarf” . OR. Maybe just sampler “washcloths”. It’s all up to YOU!
But. To get us started, I’ve got the Cast-on amounts of the Stitch Patterns I posted in November and December (I’ll be adding a NEW Stitch Pattern and Cast-on amounts every Saturday throughout the winter…..at least I HOPE to add one every Saturday…..). Here’s the links to the Stitch Patterns and the Cast-on amounts….
That should get you started! There should be plenty of blocks to keep you busy even if you’re binge-watching Christmas movies this weekend! 😉 I can’t wait to see everyone’s progress!