Stripes


Remember my post of May 22, 2015, “Still knitting”? Well I was buzy knitting the cable border just before I left and I managed to finish the knitted blanket this week. I have knitted the stripes before in my post “Satisfied Saturday”, Jul, 26, 2014 a year ago.
I will give you a quick rundown of how I knitted this striped blanket. Here it goes.

Using whatever yarn thickness you like, with circular needles, size and length that will suit your project. My first “striped” was knitted with sock yarn using 2.75mm needle with 40”/100cm cable, the second one was knitted with a 6mm needle with a 47”/120cm cable.
When choosing your colours you need two main colours i.e. blue/green and red/pink. You can use as many colours as you like in these two colour ranges, go for more variegated colour and restrict the solids to about two in each colour range. This is a nice way of getting rid of leftover yarn.

You can cast on as many stitches as you like, I casted on 212 stitches. Knit one row and purl the next (garter stitch).
Now this is the part that I hope I can explain to you. Looking at my striped crayon drawing knit two (garter stitch) in any of your blue/green yarn choices, this colour you are going to repeat another 9 times (10 blue repeats in total). Do not break the yarn. In the picture it is the dark blue.

Now add a yarn from your red/pink yarn choices and knit two rows (garter stitch). Repeat this yarn choice another 4 times alternate with the blue. Totalling 5 pink repeats and 6 blue repeats.
Keeping the blue yarn and breaking the pink yarn, add another yarn from your blue/green yarn choice, in the picture it’s the light blue. Remember the blue is repeated for 10 times and this point you would have only repeated it 6 times.

Now you are going to repeat the light blue for another 5 times and the dark blue for another 4 times. Totaling 10 dark blue repeats 5 light blue repeats.

Keeping the light blue yarn and breaking the dark blue yarn add a colour from your red/pink yarn choice; in the picture it’s red.
Now you are going to repeat the red 6 times and the light blue 5 times. Totaling 10 light blue repeats with 6 red repeats.

Keeping the red yarn and breaking the light blue yarn add a colour from your red/pink yarn choices in the picture it’s the pink again.
Continue in this manner until you reach the required length.

The cable border I saw the first time in Konrad’s blog “Knittingkonrad” he did a knit-a-long afghan with Martin Store, the pattern is available from the Rowan site, the only thing is you have to register.

I hope this is as clear as mud! I love this way of knitting as it is mindless and I can do it anywhere, especially in front of the television watching (listening) to another car/fishing program.

Happy knitting.

Love
NikkiM

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