Hello every one! Hope you are all doing well. Today I will focus on the next few yarns, stitches, and the method of increasing and decreasing for your next stitches.
I mentioned before that I have 175 running stitches. What I meant by that is, generally speaking the afghan will have 175 stitches on it. Sometimes increasing or decreasing is needed in order to make an upcoming stitch work out. So I will try to explain how to do it now. If you are already familiar with how to do this, feel free to skip past this part.
Often times when choosing a new pattern you will see something like this (multiple of 10 + 3) the multiple is referring the amount of stitches you will be repeating in order to knit the pattern. The number after + usually centers the pattern, or acts as a natural border.
Say I have 175 stitches, and I need to increase or decrease in order work a stitch that is a (multiple of 10 + 3). To work this out I start by dividing 175 by 10 the answer is 17. I then multiply 17 by 10 which equals 170 then I add 3 to this total giving me 173. Since I have 175 stitches on the needle.. I would dec 2 stitches in the first round of the next color.
A special note: There are other factors you may consider when deciding whether to round the stitches up or down. If you are using a thicker yarn for the stitch you should decrease instead of increasing.. If you are using a thinner yarn try increasing. if you are making a rib, or working cables increase you stitches, because ribbing and make cables will naturally pull your work in. If you have any problems, just email me. I can help you with the math.
Yarn 5 Smooth texture
Diagonal purl (multiple of 6 + 1) Top yarn in above photo
I had 175 stitches 174 is a multiple of 6... I add 1 so I needed 175
I will tell you how many stitches I used for each stitch here on out.
Row 1: *Purl 1, Knit 5. Repeat from * across. End with a Purl 1 (RS)
Row 2: *Purl 5, Knit 1. Repeat from * across. End with a P1
Row 3: Knit 2, *Purl 1, Knit 5. Repeat from * across ending with Purl 1, Knit 4.
Row 4: Purl 3, *Knit 1, Purl 5. Repeat from * across ending with Knit 1, Purl 3.
Row 5: Knit 4, *Purl 1, Knit 5. Repeat from * across ending with Purl 1, Knit 2.
Row 6: Purl 1, *Knit 1, Purl 5. Repeat from * across.
Repeat rows 1 through 6 for desired length.
1 fun fur strand (Lion Brand), and 1 strand of arabesque (Trendsetter) held together
I stayed at 175 stitches.
I ended with my RS facing me, so I knit my first row.. then I did another knit row (Reverse Stockinette).
Reverse Stockinette really give textured yarns a nice pop in this project. Typically I only do a couple of rows when doing anything furry.
Selene (Anny Blatt)
Intermezzo (Trendsetter Yarns)
This is a very interesting yarn that can create a fun ruffle. It has holes on one side. I stuck the needle straight through the hole, while knitting the last row of seduce. I skipped two holes for every single stitch, otaining this fun ruffle.
Big Baby it is Alpaca can remember the manufacturer
A wide rib (multiple of 16 + 10) I decrease 5 leaving me with 170
Row 1: *Purl 10, Knit 6. Repeat from * ending with Purl 10 (RS)
Row 2: *Knit 10, Purl 6. Repeat from * ending with Knit 10
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for desired length.
Increase to 175
Two rows Reverse Stockinette
Okay, this one took a very long time! I made a ruffle seperately on o size 5 needle then attached it by knitting it on to the afghan. It was 700 stitches.. after knitting an 1 1/2" on the size five I decreased across then after a couple more rows I decreased again. Then I took a very thin yarn called Muget(Anny Blatt)
and Knit it to the blanket with the muget.
We will get to the next several yarns in the coming week!