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Building Blocks

IMG_0173_medium2We will work on blanket squares using different knit-stitches, then have a sew party to seam the blanket together.  Our goal is to teach each member a new stitch each month, and to read and understand patterns. We will be offering classes for the first Saturday at 11:00 am and the second Thursday at 6:00 pm each month. We hope that one of these times will be good for you to come and attend a class per month.

The photo to the Left is a completed version of the beautiful blanket we are going to make.  We are using the instruction from the Building Blocks pattern book, designed by Michelle Hunter.  You can select any array of yarns to build this blanket, so stop by and let us help you pick out your yarns…

We pulled out the twelve different squares from Building Blocks pattern book with brief descriptions, to show how wonderful this book depicts this awesome afghan.

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Block 1

Block One:

We begin the block series with the foundation stitches of all knitting — Knit and purl.  You will be amazed at the beautiful design that emerges with the sole use of these two stitches.

If you don’t have your yarns picked out, it is still not too late to join our fun.  Call us to save you place in class.  Prepare to have fun while learning new stitches…











block 2

Block Two:

Block 2 you while using the knit and purl stitches you will learn to read a charts.  Once you have learn to read this chart, you will have a block with a unique, beautiful design.

If you don’t have your yarns picked out, it is still not too late to join our fun.  Call us to save you place in class.  Prepare to have fun while learning new stitches…











 Block 3

Block Three:

You will learn two stitches for this neat looking block.  They may look intimidating, but once performed you will look like a professional knitter.

A Yarn Over is a simple increase resulting in a lovely hold that is the basis for lace knitting.  Bobble add texture and charm to any knitted garment.  This simple Bobble has it origin in Irish knitting and can be found in many Aran sweaters.









block 4

Block Four:

A decrease is made when two stitches are worked together, resulting in one new stitch.  Depending on the method used to decrease, this new stitch will lean (slant) either to the left or to the right.  The two simplest decreases are incorporated into this pattern.

Look how neat this simple stitch is performed on this block.  You can do it, just give it a try.











Block 5

Block Five:

Cables provide a dramatic impact to knitting with very little effort.  These twisted beauties are simply the result of knitting groups of stitches out of order.

It can be our little secret of how easy they are!  Once you learn this pattern you will surely impress all your friends.












Block 6

Block Six:

Twist stitches are members of the cable stitch family.   These two-stitch mini-cables are made without the use of a cable needle.  A twist stitch is formed by knitting stitches out of order creating a crossover similar to cabling.  Right twists are simple to execute and are often used to complement cable patterns.

This block, the Fleck Stitch pattern has been inserted between the columns of twists for added interested.  Arranging panels of different stitches in this manner is the hallmark of Aran sweaters.









Block 7

Block Seven:

This unique pattern is produced by slipping stitches and passing slipped stitches over stitches.  Sounds confusing, but once you do this technique a few times it will be an easy way to show off your skills.












block 8

Block Eight:

There are different ways to slip stitches to make for an interesting design elements.  This block shows a fun, interesting way of how slipped stitches can make interesting designs.

Because every stitch is not worked, slip stitch patterns are quick to knit.  A slip stitch fabric is dense and is a good choice for garment where warmth is desired.











Block 9

Block Nine:

A Left Twist is the mirror image of the Right Twist stitch.  Both are formed from two stitches that are knit out of order and without the use of a cable needle.  There are several ways to create a Left Twist, with one of the simplest methods used here.











Block 10

Block Ten:

An SSK (Slip, Slip, Knit) is a left leaning decrease that most closely mirrors a K2tog (knit two together, learned in Simple Decreases).  It is this symmetry that makes it the decrease of choice for many garments and lace knitting.

It is difficult to find a pattern today that doesn’t use this smooth-lying decrease.











Block 11

Block Eleven:

In the long history of kniting, the Make One (M1) is a relatively new stitch.   A Make One increase does not leave a hole, and the stitch created in the Make One is a knit stitch.

Because of its smooth finish, the Make One increase is popular among current designers.











Block 12Block Twelve:

As we have learned in previous blocks, a decrease works two stitches together resulting in one new stitch.  The method used to decrease determining whether the resulting stitch leans to the right or to the left.  This slant is especially important in garment shaping.

A Central Double Decrease (CDD) works three stitches together resulting in one new stitch that lies vertically with no lean.  The stitch is often used at the base of v-neck openings.









Seaming Party!!!

Did we say Party???  You bet we did.  Now that we have all the blocks made, we need to get together and seam them up to make our beautiful afghan.  Plus, we can turn this into a “We survived the Holiday” party too…