Sunday, 20 January 2013

Tales of Woe with Happy endings - Afghan Begins

The quilt has to be delayed as my special wadding has been delivered to the wrong place *stares hard at suspects near Barlow and Fields*  I had arranged for it to be delivered to my local coffee shop and it has not arrived although it has been despatched.  After a quick call to The Cotton Patch and talking to the lovely Jeff, a new bundle is now on its way to a very clearly written address!

So I thought that rather than waiting we will start the Afghan... and as I cannot sew, I thought I would make a quilting inspired reversible square of flying geese and another of reversible diamonds.

All squares should measure 12 x 12" and I am using Jarol Sweet Briar Chunky and 6mm needles. Now to do these square, all you need to do is knit and purl, and count... so yes, you can do this.

Abbreviations

K - Knit
P - Purl
St - Stitches
rep - repeat

Reversible Diamonds with Double Moss / Seed stitch

Cast on 42 stitches

Row 1 - K6, P6, K6, P6, K6, P6, K6, 
Row 2 - P6, K6, P6, K6, P6,K6, P6,

Row 3 - P1, K5, P5, K1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, P1, K5
Row 4 - P5, K1, P1, K5 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, P5, K1

Row 5 - K1, P1, K4, P4, K1, P1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K1, P1, K4
Row 6 - P4, K1, P1, K1, P1, K4 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, P4, K1, P1

Row 7 - P1, K1, P1, K3, P3, K1, P1, K1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K3
Row 8 - P3, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K3 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, P3, K1, P1, K1

Row 9 - K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2
Row 10 - P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1K2 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1

Row 11/ 12 - P1, K1- rep to the end

Row 13 / 14 - K1, P1 - rep to the end

Row 15 - P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K2, P1, K1, P1, K1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2
Row 16 - K2, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K2, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 17 - K1, P1, K1, P3, K3, P1, K1, P1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  K1, P1, K1, P3
Row 18 - K3, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P3 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K3, P1, K1, P1


Row 19 - P1, K1, P4, K4, P1, K1,  - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  P1, K1, P4
Row 20 - K4, P1, K1, P1, K1, P4 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K4, P1, K1


Row 21 - K1, P5, K5, P1  - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  K1, P5
Row 22 - K5, P1, K1, P5 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K5, P1, 


Row 23 - P6, K6, P6, K6, P6, K6, P6
Row 24 - K6, P6, K6, P6,K6, P6, K6

Row 25 - P5, K1, P1 K5 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  P5, K1 
Row 26 - P1, K5, P5, P1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  P1, K5

Row 27 - P4, K1, P1, K1, P1, K4 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  P4, K1, P1


Row 26 - K1, P1, K4, P4,  K1, P1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  K1, P1, K4


Row 29 - P3, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K3 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  P3, K1, P1, K1


Row 30 - P1, K1, P1, K3, P3,  K1, P1, K1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  P1K1, P1, K3


Row 31 - P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  P2, K1, P1, K1, P1


Row 32 - K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, P2,  K1, P1, K1, P1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  K1, P1, K1, P1, K2

Row 33 / 34 - P1, K1- rep to the end

Row 35 /36 - K1, P1 - rep to the end

Row 37 - K2, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K2, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 38 - P1, K1, P1, K1, P2, K2, P1, K1, P1, K1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2

Row 39 - K3, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P3 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K3, P1, K1, P1
Row 40 - K1, P1, K1, P3, K3, P1, K1, P1 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  K1, P1, K1, P3

Row 41 - K4, P1, K1, P1, K1, P4 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K4, P1, K1
Row 42 - P1, K1, P4, K4, P1, K1,  - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  P1, K1, P4

Row 43 - K5, P1, K1, P5 - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches, K5, P1
Row 44 - K1, P5, K5, P1  - repeat twice more and for last 6 stitches,  K1, P5

Row 45 - K6, P6, K6, P6, K6, P6, K6
Row 46 - P6, K6, P6,K6, P6, K6, P6

Cast off.  Sew the ends in now... you will just not want to spend an evening doing this when we come to put the blanket together.



Flying Geese Square

Cast on 41 stitches

Row 1 - P1, K9, repeat to the end of the row, P1
Row 2 - K1, P9, repeat to the end of the row, K1

Row 3 - P2, K7, P3, K7, P3, K7, P3, K7, P2
Row 4 - K2 P7, K3, P7, K3, P7, K3, P7, K2

Row 5 - P3, K5, P5, K5, P5, K5, P5, K5, P3
Row 6 - K3 P5, K5, P5, K5, P5, K5P5, K3

Row 7 - P4, K3, P7, K3, P7, K3, P7, K3, P4
Row 8 - K4, P3, K7, P3, K7, P3, K7, P3, K4

Row 9 - P5, K1, P9, K1, P9,K1, P9, K1, P5
Row 10 - P5, K9, P1, K9, P1, K9, P1, K9, P5

Repeat these 10 rows three times more and cast off.
So there you have it, we have started our Afghan, next Winter we will be snuggling under it after a day out sledging in the snow...
Now let's pop over to Handmade Monday and see what has been happening there... and who knows by this time, next week I might have got my wadding and be ready to start :)

... And can you smell that from my kitchen, my slow cooker is on a roll with a beefsteak and kidney casserole just the thing for a snowy evening, yummy!

15 comments:

knitnrun4sanity said...

Goody, goody I just hope that I can get out to get some yarn! (How long do I have until the next bit?)

Ginx Craft said...

I love seeing your knitting, and I really like the moss stitch diamonds.

Free Spirit Designs said...

gorgeous!! I can't knit a stitch and am marvelling at your skills, what a gorgeous blanket it will be! x

Chrysalis said...

Hi Ros - glad you're not letting the frustrating non-delivery stop you crafting! Love the patterns x

Picto said...

Wow, that looks amazing, I'm sure it's far to complicated for my single brain cell to cope with. I really admire your work.

Jan x

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

This is going to look fantastic when finished, looking very good at the start. Hope you have a good week.

Wendy said...

Those squares look lovely - it's frustrating when a delivery doesn't materialise (oops, sorry, just realised there is a very bad pun in there) x

Fiddly Fingers said...

Oooh! Seeing those squares has made me want to have a go. I haven't knitted for ages.

CatkinJane said...

I wish I understood all that as the results look lovely!

Ali said...

Lovely diamonds. I'm off yarn shopping this week (depending on snow level). So hope to join in. Thanks so much for the pattern.
Ali x

Una said...

An another English knitter. I'm glad I found your blog. I'm going to enjoy following the progress of your blanket. Best wishes, Una, Great Balls of Wool blog http://bagsofwool.blogspot.co.uk/

Handbags by Helen said...

Oo, complex! I'll leave it to the experts

Simmi said...

Total knitting novice, so I'll just bow down to the pretty pictures :-) Good luck with it! Simmi x

Pickle Lily said...

Wow - looks amazing! I hope you order arrived despite al the snow. Happy 100th Handmade Monday, Jo x

Mamma Bears Fault said...

Thank you for sharing your afghan block of the month. I too am a knitting novice, but I thought what the heck - let's try! Happy to say I have completed the first block. Once I reminded myself how to cast on and how to do the purl stitch correctly, it was quite easy :) Looking forward to completing the 2nd block and those to come.