Free Pattern :: (KAL) Knit along, Knit an afghan one square at a time.

 This stitch lays flat. It is reversible. Great for scarves and edges on garments, like a cuff or collar.  The trick to this stitch is  to knit the purl stitches of the previous row and purl the knit stitches of the previous row. This is a great one for learning to read your stitches.

This stitch lays flat. It is reversible. Great for scarves and edges on garments, like a cuff or collar.  The trick to this stitch is  to knit the purl stitches of the previous row and purl the knit stitches of the previous row. This is a great one for learning to read your stitches.

This is it!  Squee! I am so excited to share a Knit along project with you. I was at Vogue Knitting Live, Chicago 2018 and while listening to a speaker suggest that you buy an extra skein to make a larger swatch than the typical 4"x4". I thought brilliant! Yes, I should do that too, if only to get a better sense of the fabrics drape. So I am setting out to review the basic library of knit purl stitch combinations in a 7"x7" format.  Each square will be collected to make a blanket.  I wanted a project that could be created in small bits as dragging around giant knit projects to the local coffee shop is a tad annoying.  Smaller is also good for summer.  Start now and you could have a 49" x 63" blanket ready to go for next winter.  How cool is that!  

So the way this will work is each Sunday evening at 8pm I will be live streaming on Periscope as @lbostudio. Tune in to watch me.  I will be answering knit questions. Sharing with you what I've learned from 45(!) years of knitting  and working in the industry in various capacities. I've owned a yarn store, was on the board of the yarn trade association, and design for books and magazines.  

I am sorry that the video is cut off.  YouTube gives me  a time limit of 14 minutes of a 23 minute broadcast that I am allowed to upload. You may watch the full replay on Periscope. I will also upload what I can onto YouTube.

I am keeping my palette simple. I am working with just three colors, french blue, cream and camel.  I am using Cascade 220. A nice sturdy basic wool in a worsted weight. To do this for charity, Warm Up America is my charity target.  They ask the rectangles be 7" x 9" and knit in acrylic. So make it in wool for yourself or acrylic for charity, make it in pastels for a baby blanket or two. The project is truly flexible. You could also work with a washable wool.

This is challenging me to think about the basics in groups so that they make sense and you build skills.  Photography is my other challenge.  Not my strength. I prefer to photograph in natural light and there has been rain in my hometown for nearly two weeks solid.  So hopefully as time goes, my photos will improve.  

Let's Knit:

You will need approximately 2000 yards of worsted (#4) yarn. As I am working with Cascade 220  with 220 yards a skein.....  

Basic math:  3 colors 2000/220= approx 9.0909 skeins of yarn. As I am working with 3 colors, that is 3 skeins  of each color.  

Basically you want a worsted yarn that works up to 4 stitches to the inch on an 8 needle.  If you want to destash and mix up yarns, that's fine but stay on gauge.

Afghan / Blanket Size: 49" x 63".  So if you are knitting 7" x 7" squares that will be 63 squares.   Multiply by only 4 squares a week - 16 weeks to complete. Start now to be done by Fall 2018.

If you are knitting 7"x9" rectangles for Warm Up America. that will be 49 rectangles. 4 patterns a week, , 13 weeks to complete. Again Start now to be done by Fall 2018.

10 skeins of Cascade 220. 3 each of French Blue and Camel, 4 of cream
#8 knitting needles
tapestry needle
scissors
measuring tape
Blocking mat
t-pins
Spray bottle with water to block.

Start with the basic Seed Stitch.  When you see *K1,P1* that means work the K1,P1 across the row. 

Work the stitches in order as presented.  They build upon each other.

Have questions? Leave me a comment or reach out on Periscope or Facebook

 The texture is more subtle than seed with the addition of the knit row every other row.  Pin a safety pin to the wrong side of the fabric so you always know which side you are on at a glance.   l presonally love this stitch. It is quick and subtle. Great for jackets and vests. It is not fully reversible.

The texture is more subtle than seed with the addition of the knit row every other row.  Pin a safety pin to the wrong side of the fabric so you always know which side you are on at a glance.   l presonally love this stitch. It is quick and subtle. Great for jackets and vests. It is not fully reversible.

  It sort of looks like Sand.  It doesn't curl. The texture is more subtle.  A great one to work into a fisherman style  or  Guernsey  sweater. 

 It sort of looks like Sand.  It doesn't curl. The texture is more subtle.  A great one to work into a fisherman style  or Guernsey sweater. 

 This one is also called Double Seed stitch.  You can see why as it works up just like seed but everything is doubled.  Another sturdy one that lays flat and is reversible another good choice for a scarf.  I love it in cardigans along the lower 2 inches before I move into stockinette.

This one is also called Double Seed stitch.  You can see why as it works up just like seed but everything is doubled.  Another sturdy one that lays flat and is reversible another good choice for a scarf.  I love it in cardigans along the lower 2 inches before I move into stockinette.