Question about log cabin knitting

I have begun a lapghan for my aunt and uncle. The right side looks great, and I am in love with it. However I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong or not, as I have never seen anything but the right side of a log cabin blanket.

I have picked up the stitches and knit, BO, and so on. But on the wrong side of the blanket, there is a ridge where I’ve picked up the stitches. Is this a necessary thing. Will it always do that. Because I hate the wrong side. It looks sloppy :verysad: I want to put a backing on the blanket so you can’t see it. But I’m not sure how.

Can someone tell me if there is always a ridge when you pick up stitches? the only other time I did it was on a purse in the round and there was no ridge, but I was picking up on a flat bottom, then knitting into a round, with the same skein.

(hope this makes sense)

Yes there is a ridge, in entrelac or sweater patterns where you have to pick up stitches for a collar or sleeve. On a sweater, they’re usually hidden, but that’s not as easy to do with a scarf or blanket. One thing that can make them look a little nicer and less lumpy is to slip the edge stitch at the beginning of each row. When you pick up along that edge, the slipped stitch will look more like chain stitch and lie flatter.


I think lining the backside is a great idea. You’d have to use a machine probably.

Thanks guys. I thought I was doing something wrong, but now I know, and I feel better.

I have a sewing machine, but I was thinking about backing it with some felt fabric, and securing it with yarn. I’m going to try to explain what is pictured in my head hope it works.

Ok, felt backing, using the same yarn I’m knitting with and tying it to the blanket, so that the yarn is tyed on the felt side. Kind of in a diagonel pattern, then hand sewing lines from tie to tie but only in the felt.

[b][color=indigo]If you back it with a piece of fabric, consider tieing like one would tie a quilt. If not, when you wash it, it will separate and slide and get misshapen in the wash.

Or when it’s washed, don’t agitate. Only soak and spin.[/color][/b]

I just made a Log Cabin blanket for my 3 yr. old gd. She loves it. I’m in the process of knitting a second one since I had so much of the yarn left over.

Yes the back side is not the prettiest but it doesn’t bother me. I did point out to my gd which is the “right” side. :teehee: