Welcome to our year long Afghan Block KAL. We will be introducing
a new technique/pattern for each month starting with the basics and
gradually moving on to more advanced techniques. Hopefully by the
end of the year we will have all learned some new knitting techniques
and have enough squares to make an afghan which can be used in
an afghan block swap!
If you plan to participate in the swap, each block should be knit in
a 12 inch square and incorporate a garter stitch border to lessen curling
and make sewing up easier. If you are going to keep your blocks
for yourself then by all means make then any size you wish!!
Any yarn is acceptable and maybe some of us will find this a nice
stash busting project!
Not sure how many stitches to cast on to get your square? Well,
let's go over the basics of making a gauge swatch and using that info
to get us all started! Here is an article on Knitty all about making
gauge swatches. You will basically begin by taking the yarn and
needles you want to use and casting on 25-30 stitches. Then knit
your swatch until it measure about 5 inches. If you are doing your
block in garter stitch (knit ever row), knit your swatch in garter
stitch. If you are doing your block in stockinette stitch (alternating
knit row and purl row), your swatch should also be in stockinette.
Ok, now you will lay your swatch flat and lay a ruler over the
stitches in the middle. Edge stitches tend to be a bit loose or tight
so the most accurate measurement comes in the middle. Now count
how many stitches you get across 4 inches. This should give you
an average stitch count. Now what?
Let's say your swatch says you knit 18 sts in 4 inches. Now divide
your sitch count by your inch measurement to get your stitch per
inch number. In this example, 18/4 = 4.5 so we get 4.5 stitches
per inch of knitting. Now to determine how many stitches to
cast on for your square multiply your stitch per inch (spi) by
how many inches you want your square to be. I want a 12 inch
square so I will do 4.5 * 12 = 54. So with my gauge to make a 12
inch square I need to cast on 54 stitches. You can now either just
get started knitting and measure as you go or do the same
calculations for your row gauge to determine how many rows to knit.
Did that make any sense? Ask questions if not and I'm sure someone
else can explain it better!
[SIZE="4"][COLOR="Red"]Block One-The basic block[/COLOR][/SIZE]
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Block Two - Entrelac [/SIZE][/COLOR] starts on Page 9
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Block Three - Knit/Purl Combo of your choice[/SIZE][/COLOR] starts Page 15
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Block Four - Lace[/SIZE][/COLOR] starts page 20
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Block Five - Mosaic[/SIZE][/COLOR] starts page 24
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Block Six - Cables[/SIZE][/COLOR] starts page 26
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Block Seven - Fair Isle/Stranding[/SIZE][/COLOR] starts page 29
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Block Eight - TAke your pick![/SIZE][/COLOR] starts page 30
[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]Block Nine - Illusion or Shadow Knitting[/SIZE][/COLOR] starts page 30
Ok, so this first month's block will be just a basic block. Garter stitch
or stockinette stitch to get us all started off! If you can't face just
knitting a plain square you might consider doing a mitered square block. Looks impressive but is incredibly easy done in garter stitch with paired decreases.
Now let's have fun!