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I have been wanting to knit a blanket. I decided to come up with my own design with stitches that I enjoy knitting. I might throw in a new stitch as well. This yarn is made by Big Twist Tweed, 382 yd. I am using 6.0 mm knitting circular needle. 33 stitches are cast on, but hurdle stitch, you need 34 cast on stitches.
Garter knit stitch
Diagonal Knit Stitch
Hurdle Knit Stitch
So Far I made:
I made 3 different stitch patterns, 6 pieces of each. There is a plan for 3 more different stitch patterns to go. I am starting with a small amount and see how much bigger I want the blanket.
Next Post Coming:
Update on my cross stitch Rue Paris. It has been a long time since I stitched on my cross stitch and talked about it….
This knit stitch is great for scarves, blankets, dish towels. It’s easy. It takes two types of stitches knit and purl.
Cast on multiple of 4 plus 2.
* repeat, pattern begins each row with knit 1, and ends with knit 1.
Row 1- k1, (*p2, k2), k1
Row 2- k1, (*p1,k2,p1), k1
Row 3- k1, (*k2, p2), k1
Row 4- k1, (*k1,p2,k1), k1
I am stitching squares of different stitches and will be stitching them together for a blanket. I am hoping it will be a blanket that can go on my bed for the summer. It will be a long wait for this to be finished. But it will be worth it.
I made goals at the beginning of this year. The goal is to complete what was started! Let’s see what has been done. And read the books I have. Plus no additional shopping, use what I have with my arts and crafts.
There are 2 knitting projects, one a scarf and the other is a wrap.
The scarf is knitted with seed stitch. The wrap is knitted in hurdle stitch. It has 4 rows which is row one: knit stitch, row two: knit stitch, row three: knit, purl, row four: knit purl
The scarf is getting close to being completed. I may be able to wear this scarf before the winter ends!
Below is purl stitch. Garter stitch is the edge.
The wrap has much more to finish. I just added the other skein of yarn a few days ago. I also have to stop knitting it at a certain length, so I can knit pockets for it. (being a little adventurous)!
Below is close up of hurdle knit stitch.
I am not a fan of reading. I prefer to write, but I know my writing is not professional.
The Bible study is going well, every night I listen to the study and make notes. I have been learning a lot.
The other books-well they make it out of the bin, but then onto a table. I just can’t get myself interested. The goal was to read, not to complete the entire bin. Maybe I have revisit this goal.
I Bent the Rules
I was going to finish another cross stitch before I began Rue Paris. But I just wanted so badly to start it. So I am now focused on Rue Paris. I am ok with that. I think I will alternate between the one I need to finish and Rue Paris.
Below is how much I have accomplished on the stitching. I’ll stitch Rue Paris on Sunday.
Last night I completed a scarf. It’s in time to wear for the windy rainy weather we are having today.
I used the waffle stitch. It’s a pretty design but also not overly heavy.
Waffle Stitch Directions
Here’s how to stitch the waffle knit stitch…
Cast on a multiple of 3 stitches then add 1 stitch.
Row 1- k1, p2 repeat, last stitch is k1
Row 2- p1, k2 repeat, last stitch is p1
Row 3-knit all stitches
Row 4- knit all stitches
Here’s a drawing I made to keep my rows correct. I kept forgetting to use my number clicker for each row. When I set it down I had to think about which row I was on.
If the working yarn is toward your right hand and it shows little balls of design then it’s row 2 or row 4.
If it looks like waffle side, you can be on row 1 or row 3.
Blocking your Knit Project
After my scarf was completed I used a blocking method to get the rolls on the side to lay flat. Just place your scarf or whatever you knitted on the table, and place books on top of it, you will need a few books on it. Keep it there over night and the rolls should be flat.
I might make myself ear warmers with this yarn. It will be a simple knit to take with me to the office and work on it when I have breaks in the day or when my clients don’t show for their appointment.