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Stith Pattern Saturday – Garter Ridges

Today’s stitch Pattern is Garter Ridges. Oh! How I LOVE this stitch! It makes a very spongey fabric. A full-size blanket made out of this stitch would be very cozy! Have I convinced you yet to knit this Stitch Pattern? Well….you definitely should!

Garter Ridges

Cast-on any number of sts (for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL,  cast-on 34 sts)

Row 1 (right side), 3, 4 and 6: Knit all sts

Rows 2 and 5: Purl all sts.

Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern.

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Stitch Pattern Saturday – Double Fleck Stitch

I really enjoyed the texture of this Stitch Pattern. Once again, a simple 4 row repeat. Easy to memorize. I found out you do need to pay attention to which row you are on (I’m pretty sure I already knew this…..). I made a mistake as to whether I was knitting row 2 or row 4 and threw the whole pattern off. Did I catch it right away? NO. No, I did not! I realized it about 12 rows later. I thought about leaving it. But. I just couldn’t! I took the project off the needles (this always make me feel so brave!  😉  ), ripped back to the mistake and put the needles back in (this always lets me breathe a sigh of relief!). Then , I knit along as if nothing had happened! That’s right! Take THAT knitting mistake!

Double Fleck Stitch

Cast-on a multiple of 6 +4 sts. ( for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, cast-on 34 sts.)

Rows 1 &3 (Right Side): K all sts.

Row 2: P4, *k2, p4; repeat across.

Row 4: P1, *k2, p4; repeat across to last 3 sts, k2, p1.

Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern.

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Stitch Pattern Sunday – Block Challenge #5

It’s Sunday! It’s time again for a Block Challenge! If you completed your Stockinette Square in last week’s challenge (you can still use last week’s block as a block for your blanket if you like OR just count it as a gauge swatch), you’re ready to move onto this week’s challenge. This week is a chart challenge! This challenge is a challenge for me also. I wanted a few Fair Isle or Intarsia blocks. Now, here’s the thing. Since we’re knitting flat blocks, there will be colorwork while purling. I know, I KNOW! I’m not crazy about it either! BUT. I REALLY want a few of these colorwork blocks in my afghan! So, after I got my Stockinette Block completed, I got on Stitch Fiddle and created this chart using my column/ row counts  (30×38).

If you don’t want to design your own chart, feel free to use this chart (or another that you find). If you don’t want to do colorwork, you could also purl (on the right side/knit on the wrong side) The blue spaces on the chart (you’d end up with something like this). I can’t wait to see everyone’s blocks from this challenge!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Stitch Pattern Saturday – Grass Stitch

First, I should say Happy Groundhog’s Day! Maybe Spring is just around the corner? Or. maybe Spring will arrive on it’s regularly scheduled date of March 20th? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!  😉

This Saturday’s Stitch Pattern is called Grass Stitch. Once again, an easy to remember 2 row Stitch Pattern. I have to confess, this Stitch Pattern is from some dishcloths I made awhile back (I kind of got a little distracted craft-wise this week….). I have to say, it’s a nice scrubby texture for dishcloths. I’ve always enjoyed this Stitch Pattern. I hope you do too!

Grass Stitch

Cast-on a multiple of 4 sts, +1 edge st for each side (for our “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, you’ll cast-on 34 sts)

Row 1 (Right Side): K1 (edge), *k1, slip 1 purlwise (yarn at the back), yo, pass slipped st over both knitted and yo sts, k1: repeat across to last st, k1 (edge).

Row 2: K1 (edge), purl across to last st, k1 (edge).

Well, what are you waiting for? Get out your knitting needles and get knittin’!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Stitch Pattern Sunday – Block Challenge #4

This week’s Block Challenge is a two-part challenge! That’s right! TWO blocks for this week (well, actually 3 if you count yesterday’s Stitch Pattern). Here’s the challenge…..

  1. A ribbed Block that will be able to use a 32 stitch Cast-on ( any rib with a multiple of 2 or 4).
  2. A Stockinette Block (I’ve already knit this one for part of NEXT Week’s Block challenge. I’ll give you the block instructions below….)

Stockinette Block

Cast-on any number of stitches (for our “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL you’ll Cast-on 34 sts).

Set-up -Knit 2 rows (this will be your Garter edge to keep your Stockinette from rolling as much)

Row 1: Knit all sts.

Row 2: K2, purl across to last 2 sts, k2.

Repeat rows 1-2 for pattern.

Knit until piece measures 3 rows less than your blocked squares length ending with row 1. Knit 2 rows, Bind off in knit.

You will have a stockinette area of 30 stitches. Now you’ll also want to get a row count of just your stockinette stitches (don’t count the garter edges). Keep these numbers in the back of your mind. OR, if you’re like me you might want to jot them down and keep them somewhere with your knitting. You’ll need it for next week!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Stitch Pattern Saturday – Oblong Stitch

It’s Saturday! Time for a new Stitch Pattern! This week’s Stitch Pattern is the Oblong Stitch (I should mention, for those who are trying to keep to reversible stitch patterns, this stitch pattern is REVERSIBLE!). I don’t know about you, but I’ve come to appreciate the “4 rows or less, easy to memorize” patterns. At least for me, once you get past the first 4 rows, intuition kicks in and it’s just an easy knit. Gotta LOVE that!

Here’s the Oblong Stitch Pattern….

Oblong Stitch

Cast-on a multiple of 10 +1 (for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, the cast-on amount is 31 sts)

Rows 1 & 4 (Right Side): K3, p5, *k5, p5; repeat across to the last 3 sts, k3.

Rows 2 & 3: P3, k5, *p5, k5; repeat across to last 3 sts, p3.

Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern.

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Tutorial Tuesday – Joining Blocks – 2 Methods

 

If you’ve been knitting along with the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, your afghan blocks are probably starting to pile up. You might be the kind of person who knits up all their blocks, then at the end, lays them all out and arranges them into the perfect combination, THEN joins them all up. I’m not that person, I want to start joining them all up as I go. I like to feel like I am making progress. That way, when I abandon a project, I feel like I COULD just pick up and finish that project at any time. I probably won’t…..but I TOTALLY could!  😉

Here are two methods for joining your blocks (and I apologize in advance for the color differences in the photos. It’s what happens when I take photos at varying times of the day….someday this will be one of those picture perfect blogs we all LOVE on Pinterest. Yeah! Right!  😉  )….

Single Crochet Join:

This is my “go to” method for joining all my crochet blocks. Since I’ve never really joined knit blocks, I wasn’t really sure this method would work. In my mind, I kept thinking why WOULDN’T it work? Here’s the GREAT thing about a KAL….Before I even had a chance to “experiment” with this method one of our crafty ladies had already tested out the method in the exact way I thought it should be done! Thanks so much Penny! You may already have read Penny’s tips, but I thought I’d add a few photos for anyone who’s a “visual learner”.

 

If you want your join on the WRONG side of your blanket, place 2 blocks with RIGHT sides together. OR. If you want your join on the RIGHT side of your blanket, place 2 blocks with WRONG side together. Insert crochet hook into the edge stitch of each block (held together).

Bring a loop of working yarn through both blocks making a slip stitch  to secure. Continue on single crocheting loosely over the edges of both blocks.

The great thing about this method is it looks good on either the Right OR Wrong side of your work.

See…

A very nice join. Unless, of course, you don’t crochet (although, this would be a good way to learn….).

Invisible Join:

Even though I knit AND sew, I’ve never felt like I ever had a “really good” method for sewing knitting together (this might be the reason I like knitting in the round….). I’ll never forget the first hat I “seamed” up using a type of “whip stitch”….let’s just say, it wasn’t good!  😉  After playing around with this join though, I find I’m liking it more and more (I “might” even be considering using this join for my blanket….).

 

Start by placing two blocks RIGHT sides up on good working surface (the floor, a table or even your lap….).

Using the tails of your blocks (or a new section of yarn, if you prefer…), thread into a darning needle.

 

You’ll be seaming in the knit edge of each block, starting from the back of the block to the front, tightening as you seam.

This make a nice, invisible seam too!

Here’s the question….which joining method will you choose?

Happy Knitting!

Lori