2.16.2016

"First Time's a Charm" Knit blanket, Part 2

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Today I'm back to share the pattern for the textured square of my "First Time's a Charm Blanket." This is the yellow/green block.


If you look closely, you can see a diagonal line on the square. This square is textured. On one side of the line is stockinette stitch, and on the other side is reverse stockinette stitch. This is easily accomplished, and I'm here to tell you how.


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"First Time's a Charm Blanket," Textured Square
Design by April Garwood

Finished Measurements: About 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" (16.5 cm x 16.5 cm)

Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fleece CW-844 Celery Leaves (80% Cotton, 20% Merino Wool; 215 yds or 197 m; 3.5 oz or 100 g; Weight Category 3 or light).

Needles: US Size 8 or 5.00 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle

Gauge: 17 sts x 22 rows = about 4" or 10 cm

Stockinette Stitch Square
CO 28 sts.
Row 1: Sl first st, K all remaining sts -- 28 sts.
Row 2: Sl first st, P all remaining sts.
Rows 3-5: Repeat rows 1-2, repeat row 1.
Row 6: Sl first st, P25, K last 2 sts.
Row 7: Sl first st, K2, P all remaining sts.
Row 8: Sl first st, P23, K last 4 sts.
Row 9: Sl first st, K4, P all remaining sts.
Row 10: Sl first st, P21, K all remaining sts.
Row 11: Sl first st, K6, P all remaining sts.
Row 12: Sl first st, P19, K all remaining sts.
Row 13: Sl first st, K8, P all remaining sts.
Row 14: Sl first st, P17, K all remaining sts.
Row 15: Sl first st, K10, P all remaining sts.
Row 16: Sl first st, P15, K all remaining sts.
Row 17: Sl first st, K12, P all remaining sts.
Row 18: Sl first st, P13, K all remaining sts.
Row 19: Sl first st, K14, P all remaining sts.
Row 20: Sl first st, P11, K all remaining sts.
Row 21: Sl first st, K16, P all remaining sts.
Row 22: Sl first st, P9, K all remaining sts.
Row 23: Sl first st, K18, P all remaining sts.
Row 24: Sl first st, P7, K all remaining sts.
Row 25: Sl first st, K20, P all remaining sts.
Row 26: Sl first st, P5, K all remaining sts.
Row 27: Sl first st, K22, P all remaining sts.
Row 28: Sl first st, P3, K all remaining sts.
Row 29: Sl first st, K24, P all remaining sts.
Row 30: Sl first st, P1, K all remaining sts.
Row 31: Sl first st, K26, P last st.
Row 32: Sl first st, K across.
Row 33: Sl first st, P across.
Rows 34-36: Repeat Rows 32-33, repeat Row 32. Bind off.

Or, if you are a visual person, utilize this handy chart below. If you've never used a chart before, I encourage you to look it over and see if you can figure out how to use it. This is a diagram of the actual square, with a key on the right.

Every row begins with a letter "v" in a box. This symbol means to slip the first st. For this square, you'll hold your yarn to the back when the next stitch is a knit, or to the front when the next stitch is a purl. Where you see empty boxes, you'll be working in stockinette stitch: knit on the RS, purl on the WS. Where you see boxes filled with dots, you'll be working in reverse stockinette stitch, which just means that the RS of your fabric will look like the back of stockinette stitch, and the WS of your fabric will look like stockinette stitch. So, in that area you will purl on the RS, and knit on the WS. This makes a square with a diagonal line across it with two distinct textures.


If you need a refresher on the basics, please see my post "First Time's a Charm" Knit Blanket, Part 1. This post includes tutorial videos on the cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and bind off. This textured square takes those same basic skills and mixes them up just a little. Just recognize that when you knit one stitch and then have to purl the next, you'll bring your yarn to the front of your work. If you have just purled and next you need to knit, move your yarn to the back of your work.


Happy stitching!
April

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