Monday, May 14, 2018

Free Pattern: Wildflower Basket Blanket


This is based on two stitch patterns, the Wildflower Knot Stitch and a Garter Stitch Check.

I was going to switch back and forth between the two, but ended up using the check only as a decorative band on either end of the blanket.  You might choose to use more or less of either pattern.  Or you could cast on more or fewer stitches to make a wider or narrower item.

The only caveat is that the Wildflower Knot pattern is a multiple of 8 stitches plus 5, while the Check pattern is a multiple of 10 stitches plus 5.  I also did 5 stitches as a border on either end of each row.

So. whatever you cast on needs to be divisible evenly by 8 and by 10.  Then add 5, which is part of the pattern repeat, plus your border stitches, in this case, a total of 15.  Doesn't that make perfect sense?!

I am so sorry if I lost any beginning knitters here.


On the other hand, I am going to risk insulting your intelligence by going on and on about it.

Here's how it works:
I ultimately cast on 175 stitches.  I figured first on 160, which is evenly divisible by 8:  8 x 20 = 160.
It is also evenly divisible by 10:  10 x 16 = 160.

See?  So easy!

Then I added 5 because that is part of both stitch patterns.  Then I added 5 and 5 for my borders.
5 + 5 + 5 = 15.

So, 160 + 15 = 175.

Of course, you could always knit increase or decrease stitches when you change patterns, but that could be even more annoying.  Or not.  I mean, I'm annoying myself at the moment.

Here's the pattern, at last:

WILDFLOWER BASKET BLANKET

Materials needed:
1500 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles (at least 32" circular), or size to get gauge

Gauge:
4.5 sts per inch in stockinette

Finished size:  39"W x 52"L

DIRECTIONS
CO 175 sts.
Border:  knit 8 rows.

Wildflower pattern:
Rows 1 & 3:  k5, p across to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 2:  knit.
Row 4:  k5 (for border), k5 (for pattern), *p3tog, leave all 3 sts on L needle, yo, p same 3 sts tog again, k5*, rep from * to * across to last 5 sts, k5.
Rows 5, 6, & 7:  rep rows 1, 2, and 3.
Row 8:  k5 (for border),  k1, *p3tog, leave all 3 sts on L needle, yo, p same 3 sts tog again, k5*, rep from * to * across to last 6 sts, k1 (for pattern), k5 (border).

Rep rows 1 - 8 once more.
Rep rows 1 - 7 once more.

Next 4 rows:  knit.
Garter Stitch Check section:
Rows 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 10:  k5, *p5, k5*, rep from * to * across.
Rows 2 & 4:  purl.
Rows 7 & 9:  knit.

Rep rows 1 - 10 once more.
Next 4 rows:  knit.

Center section:
Follow Wildflower pattern until center section measures 37"L from top of Check pattern.

Next 4 rows:  knit.
Garter Stitch Check section:
Rows 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 10:  k5, *p5, k5*, rep from * to * across.
Rows 2 & 4:  purl.
Rows 7 & 9:  knit.

Rep rows 1 - 10 once more.
Next 4 rows:  knit.

Wildflower pattern:
Rows 1 & 3:  k5, p across to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 2:  knit.
Row 4:  k5 (for border), k5 (for pattern), *p3tog, leave all 3 sts on L needle, yo, p same 3 sts tog again, k5*, rep from * to * across to last 5 sts, k5.
Rows 5, 6, & 7:  rep rows 1, 2, and 3.
Row 8:  k5 (for border),  k1, *p3tog, leave all 3 sts on L needle, yo, p same 3 sts tog again, k5*, rep from * to * across to last 6 sts, k1 (for pattern), k5 (border).

Rep rows 1 - 8 once more.
Rep rows 1 - 7 once more.

End border:  Knit 8 rows.
Cast off, weave in ends, and block!

ABBREVIATIONS
CO = cast on
k = knit
L = left
p = purl
p3tog = purl 3 sts together
st, sts = st, sts
yo = yarn over


© 2018 Reyna Thera Lorele






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