We are excited to watch beginner knitters grow while learning new stitches and complete super-neat blankets. This blanket is a more intermediate blanket and a next step after completing the Michele Hunter’s Building Blocks pattern book.
Descriptions are taken from Michele Hunter’s Building in Color.
Building in Color is a carefully designed sequence of patterns aimed at introducing knitters to the wonderful array of stitches and techniques used in color knitting.
Photo of completed blanket is seen on the left.
We begin our project with two standards in color knitting – Intarsia and Embroidery. Both open the door to an unlimited number of designs full of color, texture, and fun!
This panel incorporates slipped stitches into a fun double ended knitting pattern. Double ended knitting is a technique where the work is not turned at the end of a row, which allows two consecutive rows to be worked on the same side of the fabric.
Short row knitting consists of partially worked rows that add length to a specific area. This added length is used to create contour and shaping within a garment as well as beautiful design elements. Short rows are widely used in sock heels, shoulders, and back yokes.
Knit below stitch is a member the Brioche family of stitches. This stitch is used to create fluffy textured fabrics with a honeycomb effect. When used in color work, the Knit Below adds depth to contrasting colors.
This Closed Star stitch is a classic two-color design that uses the decorative Make One Purl option. This easy-to-memorize pattern makes a dense fabric with an appearance similar to crochet. The stars are formed by binding off a stitch and then restoring it on the next row with a Make One Purl.
Elongated stitches are used to create interesting textures and gauges within a project. An elongated stitch is considerably larger than its neighboring stitches, making it an excellent choice for spots of open work on color manipulation. The elongated stitch is most commonly formed with a method that utilized multiple wraps.
Mosaic patterns, pioneered by Barbara Walker, area a subcategory of slip stitch knitting. As in slip stitch pattern, mosaic designs are achieved by working only one color in a row. These dense, two-colored geometric designs may be worked in garter stitch, stockinette stitch, or a combination of the two.
The diamond appearance of this panel is achieved by using a novelty stitch often referred to as a Butterfly Stitch. This fun-to-knit stitch utilizes a simple technique to create intricate patterns. It will be our secret that the charming design is a chinch to knit!
While Intarsia is generally worked in stockinette stitch, deviating from this norm brings a level of sophistication to the technique. In this panel, a center cable is nestled between contrasting colors worked in reverse stockinette stitch for dramatic impact. The design is nearly identical to Intarsia Panel #1 in that a single color is flanked by a second, contrasting color worked from two skeins. But what a difference texture brings to the design!
The Tuck Stitch is a dropped-stitch technique used to create many lovely designs. Intentionally dropping and unraveling a stich may seem a bit daunting at first, but have no fear – this pattern will have you picking up the dropped stitches like a pro!!
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…