Knitting Stitches – Grape Hyacinth

Latest square in my knitted patchwork blanket. After several false starts with this square, I have finally finished it. I changed yarn and that made all the difference. It hadn’t helped that there are so many other demands on my time at the moment. There is sowing, planting, weeding and digging. Let alone, spending time with the children and other crafting activities than just have to be done. Oh, and the general running of the house and a day job…….I know I’m not alone, but some times it doesn’t leave time for more frivolous projects like my knitted patchwork blanket, or my unfinished hexagon patchwork.

Back to the latest square. This is another lacy one, called grape hyacinth. ItΒ  might have been more fitting if I had used a blue yarn to match the flower. Not one to let a small thing like the wrong colour stop me. The stitches were relatively easy, as they are repetitive. Like most of the stitches that I’ve tried as part of this project, distractions can lead to holes in the wrong place. Not shown in the photos, but I did manage one obvious error, which went unnoticed until I came to point the lens at it. Oops!

I’m not sure that I can imagine using this stitch in a project when I could use one of the other stitches. Its nice, but doesn’t inspire me in the same way some of the others have done. Skill level at medium.

Grape Hyacinth 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 , 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: K2, * K1, K2tog, Yo, K1, Yo, s1s, K1, psso,* ,K3

Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 : purl

Row 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 : K2, *K1, Yo, s1s, K1, psso, K1, K2tog, Yo,* ,K3

Row 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24: purl

I repeated these 24 rows twice and three rows, to knit the square.

I must give credit to BL for the peg fairy. All the real grape hyacinths have just gone over in our garden. I’ll choose another flower pattern which is in flower now. See if I can finish it before the flower is passed its best!

12 thoughts on “Knitting Stitches – Grape Hyacinth

  • Wednesday 4 May, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Can’t wait to see your blanket! This square looks lovely. Just yesterday I picked some grape hyacinth for our nature table.

    • Thursday 5 May, 2011 at 9:11 am

      I love grape hyacinths. Apart from pulling out the buttercups from around them, which threaten to swamp them, they come up each year and take no maintenance. Very giving.

  • Wednesday 4 May, 2011 at 3:53 am

    I’m going to have to come back a couple of times to catch up on what I missed. I’ve been away visiting my kids. All your nature photos are stunning as usual. And that soft toy bunny–I have to make one–it’s adorable.

    • Thursday 5 May, 2011 at 9:10 am

      I’d make another bunny but then I’d have to make two, so that all the children had one. Good fun to make, but I am in danger of filling their rooms.

  • Wednesday 4 May, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I would love to see the other knitted square you have done it looks lovely, really like the colour to. Did you make the peg fairy? she is really sweet, dee x

    • Thursday 5 May, 2011 at 9:07 am

      The peg doll is made by my midde daughter. It was a kit, but I can’t remember which one. She is so pleased with it.

  • Wednesday 4 May, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I’m loving the blanket. But what is truly inspiring me are the potted grape hyacinths. I’ve lived in my home for 20 years. It’s 75 years old and the grape hyacinths are prolific. I just never thought of containing them before…duh!

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Thursday 5 May, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Those were planted by my Grandmother, over 15 years ago. She’s gone now but the tub of flowers go on, flowering every year. We have one flower bed full of them, planted before we bought the place, and they go on and on as well. Great plant.

  • Wednesday 4 May, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I’m afraid to confess how little progress I’ve made 😳
    But we have a long flight this weekend (annual & keenly awaited trip to visit Granny) so perhaps I should take my needles and some wool πŸ˜€

    Grape hyacinths are lovely aren’t they and both your square and it’s guardian look Great πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • Thursday 5 May, 2011 at 9:04 am

      I think my progress will slow down now we are in Spring. Long, dark evenings lend to knitting more, although I will try to keep one on the needles for those quiet moments. Enjoy your trip.

  • Thursday 12 May, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    lovely, I may have to give this a try.

    • Friday 13 May, 2011 at 8:50 am

      I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

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