Back To Basics: Book Mark & Pot Holder Revisited

Now that you have a few more stitches under your belt & probably enough of knitting blanket squares for the moment at least I thought we could revisit the Book Mark & Pot Holder patterns from my previous posts.
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Back To Basics: Blanket Squares – Simple Hearts

This stitch is particularly  sweet when used on baby blankets.
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Back To Basics: Blanket Squares – Basket Weave Stitch

Basket weave is a lovely stitch as it creates a patch work feel to your knitted piece.
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Back To Basics: Blanket Squares – Raised Stockinette Stitch

Cast on your required number of stitches.

1) Knit all stitches for one row.

2) *Purl 1, slip 1 stitch purl wise with yarn in front,* repeat across row.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until your square is big enough & cast off.

Stockinette RS

Raised stockinette stitch as seen from the right side.


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Back To Basics: Blanket Squares – Moss Stitch

Moss stitch is similar to rib in the sense that you knit 1 & purl 1 however after the 1st row instead of knitting & purling where you did so before you do the opposite.

Cast on your stitches.

Knit 1, Purl 1 repeat across the row.

On the next row knit where you’ve purled & purl where you’ve knitted repeat this across all rows.

This creates a bobble affect called Moss Stitch.

Baby Hat

Sorry for the lack of a square picture. Here you can see Moss Stitch at the bottom of the hat.

Back To Basics: Blanket Squares – Broken Rib Stitch

Cast on the relevant number of stitches for your square.

Row 1) Knit all stitches.

Row 2) Knit 1, Purl 1 Repeat this to the end of the row.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until your square is the correct size.

Broken rib creates a flat rib on one side & moss stitch on the other.
It is one of my favourite stitches.

Broken Rib Stitch Front
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Back To Basics: Blanket Squares – Rib Stitch

This week we are going to knit our squares in Rib Stitch.

Begin by casting on the relevant number of stitches for your square.

To create a rib we knit one stitch (K1) then we purl one stitch (P1) this is repeated across the row.

On the next row we knit one where there is a knit stitch & we purl one where there is a purl stitch.

Continue knitting like this until your square is the right size & cast off.

My final square. I knitted this square twice & both times my stitches were uneven. The wool was given to me second hand & I think it was unravelled from a half finished project so the yarn doesn't lie flat.

My final square.
I knitted this square twice & both times my stitches were uneven. The wool was given to me second hand & I think it was unravelled from a half finished project so the yarn doesn’t lie flat.

 

Back To Basics: Blanket Squares – Garter Stripes

Hopefully you have chosen your wool & have decided how big you want your squares to be.

In this first square we are going to knit using the basic knit stitch on every row to create the garter stitch.
The only thing we need to concentrate on in this square is our stripes.
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Back To Basics: Blanket Squares

Now that you have the basics of knitting sussed & a couple of small projects under your belt lets try something bigger.

Blankets can be easy to create but when using just one stitch can be a bit boring so……lets learn some new stitches while knitting squares to create an interesting blanket.

Over the next few weeks I will explain how to knit a new stitch to create a square. It is up to you to decide how many squares in each stitch you would like to make. Just remember the more squares you have the bigger your blanket will be.
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Back To Basics: Pot Holder Project

The pattern I have used for this pot holder can be found here.
I have spoken about Ravelry before as it is such a great place to find inspiration & I recommend it on my Helpful Websites page.

If you don’t have the correct yarn to hand then see if you are able to combine yarn you do have to create the correct gauge.
I have used two strands of yarn to meet the gauge required.
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