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?

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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

9 thoughts on “Knitting stitches – Mini beast pattern

  • Friday 1 April, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your pattern. I love it! It’s busy enough that I don’t see your mistakes (or did you keep them out of the photo)? Did you mean that little jag out the side? Anyway, very impressive. 🙂

    • Friday 1 April, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      Oh, the mistakes are there. Yes, the wobble on the right side is a mistake. The mutated beetle is on the bottom right, I think. It is a great pattern. Specially if the knitter concentrates a bit more than me!

  • Thursday 14 April, 2011 at 1:54 am

    oh cheryl, i just dont come here often enough. i love it when i do. silly me, i wasnt even a member. am now! love your knitting, and lettuce, and reading cool books! x

  • Wednesday 30 January, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I am fairly new to knitting, but not new to reading and following patterns, due to my little experience with crochet patterns. Yet i am having trouble with this pattern’s consistancy…i keep thinking it was just me losing my place somewhere when i got to the last row (when i got that far), however, the mistake is consistant, i’ve redone this square at least a dozon times (not an exaggeration lol) Is it just me?

    • Wednesday 30 January, 2013 at 9:39 am

      It is a fiddly one that needed my undivided attention when I was knitting it. I’ve sent you an email for more information. I hope I can sort it out for you, Vicky.

  • Monday 25 February, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I’ve tried the second row multiple times and keep ending up with extra stitches, not enough to complete another full cycle. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong?

    • Monday 25 February, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Sorry you are having problems with the mini-beast. I’ve sent you an email that I hope will help.

  • Wednesday 3 April, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I’m a beginner knitter so I’m sorry if I’ve missed something obvious but when some of these patterns involve knitting 2 together several times, over the course of the pattern does the square not end up being a triangle? I’m really enjoying your ideas and learning some knew stitches. Thank you.

    • Thursday 4 April, 2013 at 8:14 am

      The yarn overs create stitches. With the mini-beast pattern, there are equal numbers of “yarn overs” to “knit 2 together”, thus ensuring a square rather than a triangle. Give it a go and you’ll see what I mean!

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