Friday, October 6, 2017

Flower Blocks Finished

A couple of weeks ago, I sent these blocks off to the charity that makes Afghans for Pine Ridge Reservation.  They actually go first to a woman in New Orleans who puts donations of squares together, then sends the blankets on to the reservation.

Click here to find out more about that on Ravelry.

One of the cool things about this lady is that she likes to weave in ends.  Can you believe this?!  Where has she been all our lives?!

She actually prefers donated blocks to have approximately 4" to 6" tails, so she can weave the ends in the way she likes, to make sure they don't come undone.

Sadly, I am a recovering perfectionist and I had a "slip" while making these and wove in all the ends myself.  Some habits are hard to break.  ("Don't pick up that first yarn tail!")

Anyway, the crochet pattern is Eight Pointed Flower by Julie Yeager.  Really fun to make!  And my Many Bags O' Scraps are now gone.  Done.  Finished.  At least, the worsted weight ones....

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! October Block of the Month

"Right side"
I like the so-called "wrong side" of this block even better than the "right side!"

As always, the finished size is 8" square, and directions are included for adapting to other sizes.

For the other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

Be sure to join the free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and share photos of your blocks.

"Wrong side"

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.


The stitch pattern is a multiple of 7 + 3.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 7.

About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
4.5 sts per inch

CO 37 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1 and 3 (RS):  k3, pm, k1, p1, k1, *ktbl, p2, ktbl, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Rows 2, 4, and 6:  k3, sm, *(k1, p1) twice, k2, p1, rep from * to last 6 sts, k1, p1, k1, sm, k3.
Row 5:  k3, sm, k1, p1, k1, *yo, k1, p2, k1, pass yo over the last 4 sts and off the RH needle, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.

Rep these 6 rows six times more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
ktbl = knit 1 through back loop
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RH = right hand
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
yo = yarn over

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