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We strive to be self sufficient. We love living in the countryside and enjoy nature. We'd rather be searching for beetles than shopping for shoes. We take inspiration from the nature all around us. We like to spread happiness and share our skills.

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knitted squares blanket

Knitting stitches – Mini beast pattern

Next pattern for my knitted patchwork blanket. This is the ninth square. I love this one, but I really had to concentrate while knitting it. This is not the one to do if you are concentrating on a fascinating TV program like Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Solar System.

Nor is it easy to pick up dropped stitches when your dog throws your hand up with her nose, sending stitches cascading from your needles.  As a result, there is a wobble at one side and one mini beast has a couple of legs joined together. It didn’t help that there were errors in the original pattern instructions.

Despite the challenges, I really like this pattern. I’m calling this pattern “mini beast” as I think it looks more like a beetle than a leaf, which the pattern is based on. Definitely legs and wings.

As a block of knitting, this stitch looks lacey. I could imagine using this stitch to knit a summer cardigan, a shawl or a scarf, maybe. It would look good on the leg part of socks and stretch beautifully. The individual stitches are not complicated. If I do this again, and I sure hope I do, I shall make sure that I have no other distractions.

Mini beast square

Cast on 37 stitches.

Abbreviation: P (purl), K (Knit), Yo ( yarn over), K2tog (knit 2 stitches together), P2tog (purl 2 stitches together), psso (pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch), s1s (slip one stitch)

repeat the stitches between the pair of *s until the end of the row or the last few stitches.

Row 1 : purl

Row 2 : K1 *K2tog, Yo, K1, Yo, s1s, k1, psso, K1*

Row 3: purl

Row 4: K2tog, * Yo, K3, Yo, slip2 stitches knitwise, K1, pass 2 slipped stitches over,*, Yo, K3, Yo, s1s, K1, psso

Row 5:  purl

Row 6: K1 *Yo, s1s, K1, psso, K1, K2tog, Yo, K1*

Row 7:  purl

Row 8: K2 *Yo, slip 2 stitches knitwise, K1, pass 2 slipped stitches over, Yo, K3, * k2 at the end of the last repeat instead of 3

These eight rows complete one repeat. I repeated them 7  times for my square. I have the next square on my needles. I need to up my production rate, otherwise it will not be ready for next autumn, which is my target. Hmm…

Anyone else making slow progress through a patchwork knitted blanket?

Linking this up to Natural Surburbia. Please go and visit the other links. I always find something that inspires me!

edited 31/1/2013: I’ve created another sample using these eight rows to check that they work. They do, but I’ve remembered that this is a complex pattern. I found that I had to give the even number rows all my attention when I was knitting them. I also found it a good idea to count the stitches at the end of each row. So much easier to correct an error if you are still on the same row. Each row should end with 37 on the needle.

If you are using a different number of stitches than I’ve used for this sample, you may have to alter the starting and ending stitches. It is tricky, but well worth the effort! I’m carrying on with this new sample and making a cowl.

Just made a cowl using this stitch here

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Knitting Stitches – Eyelet Ribbon

In the background, I am still quietly knitting the squares for my knitted patchwork blanket of many stitches. Not sure why I have chosen this year for big crafting projects. I think it chose me. Sometimes, in the depths of the night, I do wonder why knitted pot holders or a quilted cushion hadn’t grabbed me as a good idea. Especially as I’m the sort of person who enjoys the idea stage more than the finishing. I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head, waiting to be released. No good having the ideas if I never finish anything. So I’m concentrating on the idea of seeing the finished item.

Long winded way of saying “Here’s my next square!” I preferred this one on paper. In all fairness, I don’t think the colour was the best choice.

(No idea why I am choosing to photograph my squares with stones.)

This is a really easy stitch. Very repetitive and a good introduction to yarn overs and knitting together for anyone wanting something more interesting than garter or stocking stitch. I can imagine a couple of repeats of this being used for a hem or sleeve cuff. Maybe a pretty ribbon weaving through the holes. It would work great at the top of a bag, with a ribbon to gather the top together. A gift bag maybe.

I am finding that a lot of these stitches are best in small doses. Definitely a case of less is more. I have a lovely one on my needles at the moment, which I’ll share with you soon.

Eyelet Ribbon square

Cast on 41 stitches.

Abbreviation: P (purl), K (Knit), Yo ( yarn over), K2tog (knit 2 stitches together), P2tog (purl 2 stitches together), psso (pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch), s1s (slip one stitch)

repeat the stitches between the pair of *s until the end of the row or the last few stitches.

Row 1 and 3: Knit

Row 2 and 4: Purl

Row 5: *K2tog, Yo* K1

Row 6: Knit

I repeated these 6 rows 10 times.

If you are looking for more stitches, go and look at Val‘s knitted coral stitch square. I’m adding it to my list of stitches to try.

Anyone else knitting a patchwork square blanket? I’d love to know which stitches you like doing.

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