Garter stitch blanket

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A soft blanket in a cashmere mix is the perfect way to envelop a small baby. By working the squares in different shades you can create a patchwork of colour without having to worry about tackling complicated colour techniques.

As with the scarf, tension is not as important as it usually is, as any alteration made in measurements won't be a problem on a blanket because it does not need to fit a particular size. However, with this pattern you are now being introduced to another knitting essential, seaming.

How you sew up your project (often called finishing) is almost as important as the quality of your knitting. Just as an uneven fabric can spoil your finished work, so badly sewn-up seams can make a beautifully knitted design look poorly made. Try to use the yarn you have been knitting with to sew up your seams but if you have been using a fancy, textured yarn or one that breaks easily, substitute a smooth yarn in a matching shade. Textured yarns get caught up and knotted all too easily. Use a blunt-ended embroidery or darning needle as a sharp point can split the yarn.

Garter Stitch Blanket Squares

As garter stitch can sometimes stretch, the squares have been sewn together alternating the direction of the garter stitch, thereby sewing cast-on or cast-off rows to row ends.

The most challenging part of this project is sewing in the ends of yarn where you have started or finished each square. The technique is easy but on a blanket with individual squares it will be time consuming. Allow yourself plenty of time and a comfortable chair with good back support.

techniques focus seams (see also page 47)

darning in ends joining a cast-off edge and a selvedge in garter stitch

Reticular Fibers

Thread the loose end onto a blunt-ended needle and run it over and under the horizontal bars of the stitches at the back of the work. Ends can also be darned in vertically along the edge of the pieces after seaming.

With the right sides of the knitting facing you, insert the needle under the top of one stitch on the selvedge or row end edge and then under the two strands of a single cast-off stitch on the opposite edge. Continue to do this from edge to edge, drawing up the thread as you work to form an invisible seam.

garter stitch blanket garter stitch blanket measurements materials tension abbreviations garter stitch squares blanket

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Approximately 49 x 56cm/19Y* x 22in

One 50g ball Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran in each of Pale Mauve (A), Fuchsia (B), Pale

Pair of 5mm (US 8) knitting needles.

Large blunt-ended embroidery or darning needle.

18 sts and 38 rows to 10cm/4in square over garter st on 5mm (US 8) needles, cm = centimetre(s) in = inch(es) K(k) = knit mm = millimetres st(s) = stitch(es)

With 5mm (US 8) needles, cast on 14 sts. K 24 rows.

Cast off, leaving a long end for sewing up.

Make 56 squares, 11 in A, 9 in B, 14 in C, 11 in D and 11 in E.

Assemble the squares as shown in the diagram, turning every alternate square through

90°, so that cast-on and cast-off edges join onto row ends.

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These sachets can be filled with sweet-smelling lavender or, more practically, cotton wool balls and other such baby essentials.

The stitch pattern you are using here is the most common one used in knitting, stocking stitch. Stocking stitch is constructed from alternating rows of knit stitches and purl stitches. Unlike garter stitch, it is not reversible as the front and back of the work look quite different, with the stitches on the front of the work forming small Vs.

The back of the work will look more like garter stitch, and is called reverse stocking stitch. Generally the knit row is considered the right side of the fabric and will be called this in the pattern and the purl row will be called the wrong side. Knit and purl stitches can also be used within the same row to create other patterns, such as rib and moss stitch (see Cushions with buttonholes, page 76).

This project is a good one to practise measuring your tension over stocking stitch. When you have finished the strip of knitting, lay it out flat and measure the tension following the diagram overleaf.

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2 Then take the yarn from the ball on your index finger (the working yarn) around the point of the right-hand needle.

2 Draw the right-hand needle and the yarn through the stitch, thus forming a new stitch on the right-hand needle.

baby knits patterns purl stitch

1 With the yam to the front of the work, insert the right-hand needle from right to left into the front of the first stitch on the left-hand needle.

techniques focus purl stitch (above) and tension and seams (see also pages 31, 34 and 44)

tension

mattress stitch on stocking stitch

To check stitch tension, place a ruler or tape measure horizontally on the fabric and mark 10cm (4in) with pins. Count the number of stitches between the pins. To check row tension, place a ruler or tape measure vertically, mark 10cm (4in) and count the number of rows.

With the right sides of the knitting facing you, insert the needle under the horizontal bar between the first stitch and next stitch. Then insert the needle under the same bar on the other piece. Continue to do this, drawing up the thread to form the seam.

sachets measurements Approximately 15x15cm/6 x 6in materials One 50g ball Debbie Bliss cotton double knitting.

Pair of 4mm (US 6) knitting needles. 1 button.

51cm/20in of narrow satin ribbon.

tension 20 sts and 28 rows to 10cm/4in square over st st using 4mm (US 6) needles.

abbreviations cm = centimetre(s) cont = continue in = inch(es) K(k) = knit mm = millimetres

P(p) = purl rep = repeat st(s) = stitch(es) st st = stocking stitch

With 4mm (US 6) needles, cast on 30 sts. 1 st row (right side) K all sts. 2nd row (wrong side) P all sts. These 2 rows are repeated to form st st.

Cont in st st until work measures 40cm/16in from cast-on edge, ending with a 1 st row. Cast off all sts knitwise.

Sew a button, centrally to the right side of the knitting, 13cm/5^in above the cast-on edge. Fold the knitting so that the cast-on edge is 10cm/4in below the cast-off edge. Join the side seams as described opposite to form an envelope. Thread the ribbon through the centre of the cast-off edge and tie. Fold the flap over the front and wind the ribbon around the button to hold the sachet closed.

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