Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Seed Stitch Hand Towel

For being a knitter, I have a disturbing lack of household linens. With my local crafting store's sale this week of 25% off all yarn, I figured it was time to change that.

I chose Lily Sugar N Cream Scents (the Aloe Vera), but any 100% cotton that gets gauge would work. Also, please not that yardage is approximate; I used one full skein of the Scents as well as part of a second one. I put a rubber band around the second skein to keep my measurements consistent, but I wasn't precise about the inches so there were times I measured 15 inches past a full yard and rounded it up to half a yard.

Seed Stitch Hand Towel
Yarn: Lily Sugar N Cream
Yards: Approximately 135 yards
Needle: Size 7
Gauge: 16 sts and 32 rows in st st = 4"
Measurements: 9.5" by 16"

Cast on 38 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): K1, P1 across.
Row 2: P1, K1 across.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 2" from cast-on edge.

Row 3: (optional) Knit across
Row 4: (optional) Purl across
Row 5: (optional) Knit across
Row 6: (optional) Purl across

Note: These four rows create the thin stockinette "dip" in the towel. It's purely aesthetic so you can choose to ignore this section and work the entire towel in seed stitch.

Row 8: K1, P1 across.
Row 9: P1, K1 across.

Repeat rows 8 & 9 until piece measures 13.5" from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong side row.

Row 10: (optional) Knit across
Row 11: (optional) Purl across
Row 12: (optional) Knit across
Row 13: (optional) Purl across

Row 14: K1, P1 across.
Row 15: P1, K1 across.

Repeat rows 14 & 15 until work measures 2" from the stockinette "dip" in the towel.

Cast off loosely.

Close up shown below:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Textured Diagonal Baby Blanket

I've been working on a new project for the last couple of weeks and thought I'd post the pattern.

Textured Diagonal Baby Blanket
Yarn: Bernat Baby Jacquards, 2 balls
Needles: Size 8 36” circular needle
Size: Small
Across the center of the blanket (which is knit diagonally), the blanket measures about 28". Mine came out as a 22" by 21" slightly skewed psuedo-square. It would be suitable as a stroller or car seat blanket or as a security blanket for a toddler to carry around.
Important terms:
YO: Wrap your yarn over your right needle.
PM: Place marker
SM: Slip marker
A Note about Gauge:
Gauge is not crucial for this project. I knit a couple test swatches of stockinette and seed stitch until I liked the look of the fabric.

Special Notes:
Yarn is held doubled throughout. I used my ball winder to wind the skein into a center pull ball, then I divided the ball in half by pulling the center and outer strands until the ball came unwound and rewound the ball on my winder with the yarn held double.

This blanket is knit in two separate pieces and grafted together using a three-needle bind-off. It is recommended that you use two circular needles (one for each panel), but you could set the first panel aside on waste yarn and use the same circular for the second panel. This would make it more difficult to graft the two panels together, but it's knitter's choice.

With yarn held doubled, Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: K1, PM, YO, K1, YO, PM, K1. (5 stitches)
Row 2: K1, SM, P3, SM, K1. (5 stitches)
Row 3: K1, SM, YO, knit to marker, YO, SM, K1
Row 4: K1, SM, Purl to marker, SM, K1.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until blanket measures 5 inches.

Seed Stitch:
Row 1: K1, SM, YO, (K1, P1) to marker, YO, SM, K1
Row 2: K1, SM, Knit the purl and purl the knit stitches to marker, SM, K1.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until seed stitch section measures 5 inches.

Continue to alternate between stockinette and seed stitch panels until you no longer have yarn to complete a row.
Make a second panel in the same way as you completed the first & connect the two panels (on the wrong side) using a three-needle bind-off.
An in-progress photo.
Finished blanket