Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Krystal's Square 26

I just realized I never posted this one... LOL

I don't remember much about it, but it was quick to do and easy to remember the pattern.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sherri's Afghan

For the border I opted to use Priscilla Hewitt's Blanket Binding Afghan Edging. I changed the final sc round to just slip stitches as I was happy with the width at that point. The afghan is quite large and is shown on a full size bed. This blanket has been quite the learning adventure.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sherri's Final Assembly

All that is left at this stage is to add the border. Before then, I wanted to talk a bit about joining the squares together and the design layout.
Different joining methods are briefly mentioned in the book, leaving the knitter to choose which they might like the best. The original afghan was put together in a striped diagonal setting.
I knew before beginning this project that I wanted an Around the World setting. Because all of the large scale two-color patterned blocks were worked in two shades of pink, I opted to edge each square with 2 rounds of single crochet before joining. To make the blocks read the lighter pink I edged the square in that color. To make them read as the darker color, I used the darker yarn. Each of my squares have 33 single crochet stitches along the sides and 3 stitches in each corner for the first round. The second round has 35 stitches along the sides and 3 stitches in each corner. The two color yellow/gold squares were edged in gold and the solid color blocks were edged in whichever color they were knit. I used a size H hook for the crocheting. I then sewed the blocks together through all single crochet loops.

Sherri's Assembly Continued

Sherri's Assembly

Sherri's Square 63

The last block in the book is Increasing Seamless Square. Unlike the previous block which was knit from the outside in and in stockinette, this block is knit from the center out and in garter stitch.
Beginning a square on dpn's (double pointed needles) is also a bit awkward. But after about 4 rounds it gets easier.

Sherri's Square 62

Decreasing Seamless Square was a little disconcerting for me at first. This is one of the blocks in which you need circular needles and also stitch markers. You will cast on however many stitches are in the outer most round, and then proceed to decrease until you reach the center.

Sherri's Square 61

The block on the right is called Parquet Squares. It was an easy block to knit, however, it ended up being quite a bit larger than all my other blocks. Instead of hunting for smaller needles or doing the math for smaller sections, I decided I would find a suitable replacement. The block on the left is titled Pinstripes and is from Jan Eaton's 200 Knitted Blocks. It was a sloooow knit. Lots of slip stitches.

Sherri's Square 60

This one is called Short-Row Stripes. If you look closely you will see tiny holes where I did not "wrap" my stitches. Make sure you read the directions that come after the Row information in the book. I think it is on the following page. I did not and therefore, the block is not as nice looking as it could be.
Short rows are what gives the heel of a sock it's shape, or how you make knitting fit over a curvy shape. This block does not lie flat. There are little mounds of pink and magenta in my blanket.

Sherri's Square 59

Dip-Stitch Check

Sherri's Square 58

Blister Stitch

Sherri's Square 57

Star Stitch is a really nice textured pattern.

Sherri's Square 56

This is Elkhorn and Fleurettes.

Sherri's Square 55

This is Single-Strand Lace.

Sherri's Square 54

This is the Seafoam Pattern. It you are not fond of lacey/holey blocks you might want to find a substitute block. As you can see from the picture on the left, knitting the required number of repeats does not give you an 8 inch square. The picture on the right shows what the pattern looks like blocked. (sort of) It actually looks nicer in the finished afghan than just pinned to the carpet. I've seen some beautiful scarves made in this stitch, but I will just admire them for the beauties they are. I can't say that I was particularly fond of knitting this one, but I am keeping it in my blanket.

Sherri's Square 53

This square is called Bumblebee. Again, I don't remember much about knitting it, but I certainly like the finished product.

Sherri's Square 52

Lace Diamonds is the name of this block.

Sherri's Square 51

This one is called Faggoting and Fancy Rib.

Sherri's Square 50

I find this Arrowhead Mesh block very cool.

Sherri's Square 49

I did all of the lace patterns such a long time ago that the only thing I remember was how difficult I found them..
This one is called Tilted Trellis.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sherri's Square 48

The Vine Leaf is a very pretty square knitted up. However, if I were to make this square again, I would add a little bit of a moss stitch pattern on the outside edges.

Sherri's Square 47

Isn't this cute? The hardest thing about knitting the Inchworm pattern is trying having making 7 stitches from one. With a little practice it does get easier though.

Sherri's Square 46

The reverse fern stitch wasn't too bad, but either I didn't do something correctly or the angle of my photo is off The pattern doesn't quite look like the one in the book which appears more like leaves.

Sherri's Square 45

I enjoyed knitting the Bobble and Leaf square very much.

Sherri's Square 44

The first few rows of the Cocoon Stitch would make a nice edging for either a blanket or a little girl's sweater.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Karen's Square 42

My ripple square. This one will be something else to attach... And I thought all the missmatched square sizes was going to be tricky. How to make a ripple fit in??

It was quick and easy to make though!

Karen's Square 41

This one could hypnotize me if I look at it for too long! It was very quick and easy to do!

Karen's Square 40

The last cable square - with the common boo-boo... Another square with a boo-boo... Oh well!