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December 2019

Advent Day Twenty Five

By Amy 9 months 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!

Stitch Library Doll’s Blanket - Crocheted Stitches 3 & 4

By Amy Sosbe 9 months ago


Welcome to the second part of the Crochet Stitch Library! This time we’re focusing on Shell Stitches and have chosen the Arcade Stitch and the Bushy Stitch.

A shell is a group of stitches, usually 3 or more, worked into one stitch or chain space. Stitches come together in close formation at the base and spread out at the top, so they resemble seashells or fans. The width and depth of a shell depends on the number of stitches that are in it and the size in which they are worked. The shell is a pretty stitch that has a lacy appearance even in a solid pattern and is suitable and attractive most of all for blankets.

We’ve written out the patterns for the Arcade Stitch and the Bushy Stitch below for you to crochet a 13 x 13cm (approx.) square of each. You will need 12 squares in total and there will be 6 different stitches all together, so 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 the first 2 crochet stitches here.


Abbreviations

Ch – Chain

SP – Space

DC – double crochet

Tr – Treble

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


Arcade Stitch

This stitch is lacy, but firm and the pattern repeat is on the diagonal. The arcade crochet stitch is also a lovely reversible pattern and works perfectly for blankets and scarfs.

Rows 3-6 form pattern rep.

Using 4mm crochet hook, ch 29 sts

Row 1: miss 4 ch, *1 dc into next 3 ch, 3 ch, miss 3 ch*, 1 dc, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch*, 3 ch, miss 3 ch, 2 ch, turn

Row 2: 1 dc in 1st dc, *5 tr into 3 ch sp, 1 dc in 2nd dc of 3 dc group*, 3 tr in 2 ch sp, 2 ch, turn

Row 3: 1 dc in each of 1st 2 tr, *3 ch, 1 dc in each of centre 3 tr*, 2 ch, 1 dc in 2 ch turning ch, 3 ch, turn

Row 4: 2 tr in 2 ch sp, *1 dc in 2nd dc of 3 dc group, 5 tr in 3 ch sp*, 1 dc in 2 ch turning, 2 ch, turn

Row 5: 1 dc in 1st dc, 2 ch, *1 dc in each of 3 central tr, 3 ch*, 1 dc in 2nd of 2 tr, 1 dc in 2 ch turning, 2 ch, turn

Row 6: 1 dc in 1st dc, *5 tr in 3 ch sp, 1 dc in 2nd dc of 3 dc group*, 2 tr in 2 ch sp, 1 tr in 2 ch turning, 2 ch, turn

Repeat until crochet measures the same as the width.

To make a straight edge, you can add a row of single crochet to the scallop edge.



Bushy Stitch

These shells are a combination of double and treble crochet stitches and are asymmetrical in form. It makes for a pretty and quick pattern that works great for afghans and blankets.

Pattern rep. is in units of 3 ch plus 1

Using 4mm crochet hook, ch 28 sts

Row 1: miss 3 ch, (1 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc) in next ch, *miss 2 ch, (2 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc), in next ch*, 2 ch, turn

Row 2: *(2 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc), in each 2 ch sp*, 2 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 crochet two different Cluster Stitches! 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 - Knitted Stitches 3 & 4

By Amy Sosbe 9 months ago


Welcome to the second part of the Knitting Stitch Library! We’ve got another 2 fantastic knitted stitches for you to add to your Doll’s Blanket.

In this second part the stitches are slightly more detailed and include the Basket Weave Stitch and the Ribbed Cable Stitch. The Basket Weave Stitch is considered a ‘Texture’ stitch or ‘Fabric’ stitch and the Ribbed Cable Stitch a ‘Rib’ stitch. Rib stitches are characterised by vertical ridges and have great elasticity in the horizontal direction. Due to their elasticity, rib stitches are often used at garment edges.

We’ve written out the patterns for the Basket Weave Stitch and the Ribbed Cable Stitch below for you to knit a 13 x 13cm (approx.) square of each. They’ll be 6 different knitted stitches all together and you will need 12 squares in total for the Dolls’ Blanket, 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 one here.


Abbreviations

K - Knit

P – Purl

Tog – together

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


Basket Weave Stitch

The Basket Weave Stitch creates a detailed illusion of a woven knit but is made up of chequerboard squares of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitches. It’s a great stitch for scarves, hats and blankets and has a wonderful stretch and bounce.

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

Using 3.75mm knitted needles, cast on 30 sts

Rows 1 to 6: *K 5, P 5* to end

Rows 7 to 12: *P 5, K 5* to end

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



Ribbed Cables Stitch

Not a true cable rib but similar in appearance, this mock cable stitch is a very simple and easy and gives a cable stitch look without the need for a cable needle.

Pattern rep. is in units of 5 sts plus 4 and 4 rows

Using 3.75mm knitted needles, cast on 24 sts

Row 1: *P 4, K into the front, back, and front again of next st*, P 4

Rows 2: K 4, *P 3, K 4* to end

Rows 3: *P 4, K 3 tog*, P 4

Rows 4: K 4, *P 1, K 4* to end

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



Next time we’ll be showing you how to knit a Lace Stitch and a Bobble Stitch! 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 >>

Advent Day Twenty Four

By Amy 9 months ago

Welcome to Day Twenty Four of The Knitting Network's 2019 Advent Calendar! It's Christmas Eve!

These North Pole Pals are the perfect last minute topper to add to the drinks in your table setting, or to any last minute gifts. Made with Drops Nepal - only £1.55 a ball in the SALE! Download the pattern for FREE today. Plus, don't forget to enter our big Christmas Eve giveaway to WIN £100 of goodies.

To claim, simply click here and print the pattern from the page. Happy Knitting!

Check back tomorrow for Day Twenty Four of The Knitting Network Advent Calendar!