Hello friends and neighbors. Before I get started I just want to apologize for just now getting back to all your wonderful comments – I fear I am being a bit neglectful of my blog lately. With the unplanned vacation, even more unplanned flood and my Mom and Dad’s 30th anniversary party I am being pulled in a million directions. This being said, as soon as I get this post up I am going to spend some quality time with you and your posts. Just please don’t lose hope, the party is over on the 16th and things should be back to normal by then.
Okay, enough begging for your patience (by the way, pretty please?!). It is time to see what GG has been doing to me these past two weeks. So, with no further adieu we have stitch patterns for week 16 and 17! Enjoy!
♥♥♥♥ Week 16 – Let’s Call it the Picnic Blanket Stitch ♥♥♥♥
Something I have noticed about my great-grandmother is that she dealt almost entirely with knit and purl stitches. There are the occasional cables, but not many. I have to say this is giving me a new appreciation of the basics. Now, let’s see about this pattern shall we?
– Needles: Size 5 US (3.75mm)
– Yarn: Bernat 100% Cotton in Coral
–Stitches: (I think, this is guess-work here) Multiple of 5+4 stitches. I also do 2 stitches on each edge so it’ll lay straight.
- 1k – Row 1: Knit (Gotcha, good good!)
- 2p4and kp4 – Row 2: P4, *K1, P4* rep. till end of row (Not sure I’ve seen the “and” before, so this ended up getting frogged once before I got it).
- 4p4k1p4 : Row 4: *P4, K1, P4* rep till end (Um…guys? What happened to the rest of the rows?)
- Okay, so this is also where some guess-work and frogging occurred. I figured if she didn’t write it then it had to be knit. If there was a change on row 4 then there would have to be two rows knit after it for symmetry (I tried 5 rows but it looked wonky). So this is the actual pattern down yonder ↓ in a pretty blue color.
- Row 1, 3, 5 and 6: Knit
- Row 2: P4, *K1, P4* rep. till end of row.
- Row 4: *P4, K1, P4* rep till end of row.
This pattern was a bit like playing a knitting detective, which makes me feel (goofily) like a knitting super hero. Goofy? Oh, yes. Definitely. I just wondered if she only knitted it once or she just knew that it had to be a repeat of 6 rows. So many unanswered questions. Anyway, ONWARD!
♥♥♥♥ Stitch Pattern Week 17 – The…Morse Code Stitch? ♥♥♥♥
– Needles – Size 5US (3.75mm)
– Yarn – Bernat 100% Cotton in Coral
– Stitches – Multiple of 10 + 4 stitches (Totally sure about this one :)) 8 row repeat.
- 1k – Row 1: Knit
- p – Row 2: Purl (Okay, no more numbers – she has a way doesn’t she?)
- 1 – Row 3: Knit (Really? Somewhere this old bag is laughing at me, I just know it!)
- 4p4 and k6p4 – Row 4: P4, *K6, P4*. Rep. *to* till end of row. (Well, at least the numbers showed up again. How kind!)
- k – Row 5: Knit (AND there gone again….curious).
- p – Row 6: Purl
- k – Row 7: Knit ( I should add here that at least this pattern was written vertically, so at least there was some actual separation of the rows. It is rare in here writing, but it was also written on the back of a doctor’s business card – so maybe it was a space thing).
- k3k1p4k4 – Row 8: K4, *K1, P4, K5*. Rep. till end of row (Did you notice that the K3 was wrong? Well I sure didn’t…frogged twice before simple math made me feel like a simpleton. As long as the pattern gets done who cares right?).
Well, that’s about all for me tonight folks. Now it is time to catch up with my blogging family – make sure you guys haven’t been up to any shenanigans! One more thing to leave on tonight though…Have you ever tried to get a good picture of you knitting only to be foiled by the light? Well, taking a pair of knitting needles, a hair tie and a pocket light stabbed into the couch might work! Think I am kidding? Well, at least the couch is old! 🙂
It definitely brings home the versatility of basics in many disciplines; I really like that second stitch, it inspires me. I bet you can use the same method to purl diamond plate – like you know the metal they use for truck steps, industrial diamond plate? That’s what it reminds me of.
Don’t laugh, but it reminds me of the course for American Ninja Warrior 🙂 It is a secret obsession of mine to watch that and Wipeout because I am not the only person that falls down!
I like your thought on it though. It seems that two basic stitches could replicate almost any pattern you see – if you look hard enough.
I love the Week 16 stitch. Thank you, GG! : )
I think it’s one of my favorites, and great for beginning knitters!
I love basic stitch patterns. Knit and purl can do so much! I’ve seen the second one before. I thought it was called caterpillar stitch, though “morse code” is a less icky interpretation. Lol.
I will have to look that up. I’ve been trying to stay away from stitch pattern books and solve the puzzles for myself! When I first started I HAD to use them because I was Ai clueless about GG’s shorthand! 🙂
That’s a good way to learn! I like to buy tons of knitting books at used book stores and read them like books to learn how patterns come together. Total sucker for knitting books here…
I am too, I’m hoping to be designing at some point and seeing how things go together structurally is important! My knitting bucket list is very long! 🙂
Your MacGyvering cracks me up. And when you said you felt like a knitting superhero, I imagined you dashing into a phone booth and emerging covered in stylish handknits, passing out handmade hats to all the chilly masses. (Overactive imagination much?)
Life would be do boring if we stifled our imaginations! I pictures a knitted cape with really decorative edging 🙂
You think that you are behind. I have just had to catch up reading about the flood. Phew. SOOO glad that you are safe and well. xx
🙂 I think it’s the time of year. Half the blogs I read we’re apologizing for being MIA!
I love the patterns this week. I’m going to have to save this page and try them out on my own.. Thanks for sharing!
My pleasure! I hope they work for you, they’re nice and simple!
American Ninja Warrior & Wipeout are fun to watch 🙂 Luv that picnic blanket stitch ❤