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Stitch Library Doll’s Blanket - Knitted Stitches 5 & 6

By Amy Sosbe 5 days ago

Welcome to the third part of the Knitting Stitch Library! This time we’ve got 2 very special stitches for you to add to your Doll’s Blanket.

This time we're introducing a lace stitch and a bobble stitch. The lace stitch we’ve chosen is the Butterfly Lace Stitch. A lace stitch is basically any pattern with openwork. Its forms are numerous, ranging from eyelet bands on a stocking stitch background, to the most delicate lace and net. The structure also varies and includes some of the most complex of patterns. For the bobble stitch we’ve chosen the fun and textural Popcorn Stitch.

We’ve written out the patterns for the Butterfly Lace Stitch and the Popcorn Stitch below for you to knit a 13 x 13cm (approx.) square of each. You will need 12 squares in total for the Dolls’ Blanket and we’ve now given you all 6 different knitted stitches, so you can choose to knit as many of each design as you’d like. We've used Go-To DK for our blankets.

You can find the 2 stitches from part two here and the 2 stitches from part one here.


Abbreviations

K - Knit

P – Purl

Tog – together

Yrn – Yarn round needle

Sl – slip

Psso – Pass slipped stitch over

Stars (*) – where stars are shown, instructions are repeated within the stars.


Butterfly Lace Stitch

A very pretty and easy lace stitch with an effective result, perfect for children’s sweaters and baby blankets. Like most lace patterns, the detail, in this case the butterfly, is created using the technique of a yarn round needle increase, making a hole.

Pattern rep. is in units of 10 sts plus 5 and 12 rows

Using 3.75mm knitted needles, cast on 29 stitches.

Rows 1 and 3: K2, *K2tog, yrn, K1, yrn, K1, psso, K5* to end

Rows 2 and 4: P4*sl 1 P-wise P9* sl1 P-wise P4

Rows 5 and 11: knit

Rows 6 and 12: purl

Rows 7 and 9: K7 *K2 tog, yrn, K1, yrn, sl 1, K1, psso, K5* K2 tog, yrn, K1, yrn, sl1, K1, psso, K7

Rows 8 and 10: P9 *sl1 P-wise, P9* to end

Repeat until knitting measures the same as the width. Cast off.



Popcorn Stitch

A medium sized knot made by knitting several times into the same stitch, then slipping all extra loops over the first one. Knot size can be varied by working fewer or more times into a stitch. To keep popcorn in place, knit stitch after popcorn firmly, after pushing popcorn to front of work.

Pattern rep. is in units of 6 sts plus 3 and 8 rows

Using 3.75mm knitted needles, cast on 27 sts

Rows 1 and 5: knit

Row 2 and alt rows: purl

Rows 3: K 1, *make popcorn in next st [(K front and back of loop) twice, then slip the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sts over the 1st], K 5*, make popcorn, K 1

Rows 7: K 4, *make popcorn, K 5*, make popcorn, K 4

Repeat until knitting measures the same as the width. Cast off.



Next time we’ll be showing you how to sew your squares together and how to add a beautiful border! To share your photos you can visit our Knit Along and Crochet Along groups on Facebook.

You can read all about the Stitch Library Doll’s Blanket here >>

Stitch Library Doll’s Blanket - Crocheted Stitches 5 & 6

By Amy Sosbe 5 days ago

Welcome to the third part of the Crochet Stitch Library! This time we’re looking at Cluster Stitches and have chosen a soft and a bulky cluster - the Large Cluster Stitch and the Bobble Stitch.

A Cluster is a group of three or more stitches worked into one stitch or chain space, drawn together at the top with one loop. Depending on how many stitches are in a group, results may be relatively flat, or extremely chunky. Whatever the type, however, all clusters stand out from a flat surface providing extra texture and dimension in the finished piece. In an all-over pattern the clusters make a warm, some-what bulky fabric and used individually or as one row in a plain crochet pattern it is an attractive accent or trimming.

We’ve written out the patterns for the Large Cluster Stitch and the Bobble Stitch below for you to crochet a 13 x 13cm (approx.) square of each. You will now have all 6 of the crochet stitches you can use o make your Doll’s Blanket. You need 12 squares in total and you can choose to crochet as many of each design as you’d like. We've used Go-To DK for our blankets.

You can find the patterns for part two's crochet stitches here and the 2 crochet stitches from part one here.


Abbreviations

Ch – Chain

YRH – Yarn round hook

SP – Space

DC – double crochet

Stars (*) – where stars are shown, instructions are repeated within the stars.


Large Clusters Stitch

A thicker stitch to the similar Soft Clusters, but still fairly flat. This stitch creates a dense fabric with a beautiful and reversible texture.It would work wonderfully for baby blankets, scarves and cosy sweaters.

Pattern rep. is in units of 2 ch plus 4

Using 4mm crochet hook, ch 26 sts

Row 1: miss 3 ch, *1 cluster [(yrh, insert hook, draw up a loop, yrh, draw through 2 loops) 4 times in the same ch, yrh, draw through 4 loops, yrh, draw through 2 loops], 1 ch, miss 1 ch*, 1 cluster, 3 ch, turn

Row 2: *1 cluster in each ch sp of previous row, 1 ch*, 1 cluster in top of turning ch, 3 ch, turn

Rep from Row 2 then repeat until crochet measures the same as the width.



Bobble Stitch

A solid, three-dimensional pattern that uses lots of yarn, but is well worth it and creates a tactile and raised fabric. The bobbles can be used to create designs or spell out words, or to just add a bit of flare and fun to a project!

Pattern rep. is in units of 3 ch plus 1

Using 4mm crochet hook, ch 25 sts

Row 1: miss 1 ch, *1 dc in each ch*, 1 ch, turn

Row 2: *1 bobble [(yrh, insert hook, draw up a loop, yrh, draw through 2 loops) 5 times in same st, yrh, draw through 6 loops], 2 dc*, 1 bobble, 1 ch, turn

Rows 3 and 5: *1 dc in each st*, 1 ch, turn

Row 4: *2 dc, 1 bobble*, 1 dc, 1 ch, turn

Row 6: 1 dc, *1 bobble, 2 dc*, 1 ch, turn

Rep from Row 2 then repeat until crochet measures the same as the width.



Next time we’ll be showing you how to join all your squares together and to add the beautiful border! To share your photos you can visit our Knit Along and Crochet Along groups on Facebook.

You can read all about the Stitch Library Doll’s Blanket here >>

Charity of the Month - Rainbow Trust

By Amy 12 days ago

Our charity for this month, voted for by so many of you, is Rainbow Trust. Throughout January you’ll be able to donate towards this life-changing charity by rounding up the cost of an order placed with us to the nearest £.

Rainbow Trust is an amazing charity, supporting families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. They enable families to make the most of time together; providing expert practical and emotional support, where they need it, for as long as it is needed.

When serious illness affects a child, family life is turned upside down and time becomes more precious than ever. Rainbow Trust pairs each family with a dedicated expert Family Support Worker to help them face and make the most of each new day. They support the whole family including parents, carers, the unwell child, brothers, sisters and grandparents, bringing help to families who so desperately need it at home, in hospital and in the community.

You can read more about the work they do here. You can also make a further donation by visiting their website, if you’d wish to.


Throughout December we helped to support The Contented Dementia Trust and raised an incredible £311.99! Thank you so much to everyone who donated! The Contented Dementia Trust helps those who have already been diagnosed with some form of dementia, and their carers, for whom practical help and resources are more important than research into prevention and cure. You can read more about the charity here.

Advent Day Twenty Five

By Amy 26 days ago

Welcome to Day Twenty Five of The Knitting Network's 2019 Advent Calendar! It’s finally here! Christmas day! We’ve got an extra special treat for you today, in the form of this beautiful Woman’s Weekly scarf pattern. A perfect project if you fancied starting something new over the festive period.

Cosy up on winter days with this warm and snuggly cable scarf. Knitted in King Cole Comfort Aran, a lovely soft acrylic and nylon blend yarn, the interesting cable design really makes a statement. Get the pattern for FREE today and don't forget to enter our big Christmas Eve giveaway to WIN £100 of goodies.

To claim, simply click here or add the Woman’s Weekly Cable Scarf pattern to your basket and apply coupon code FPCABLE.

Merry Christmas everyone!