Sunday, 16 September 2012

A bit of fun.

This didn't start out as a Pattern, but rather it was my solution to the perennial problem of wanting to knit a blanket in the round without having the fiddly start with small numbers of stitches on DPNs.

I wanted to knit a square blanket, but for reasons of portability I wanted to be able to knit it on circular needles rather than flat - also I can knit faster in the round and I was in a hurry. Normally with this type of construction you start off with a few stitches (say 8) divided over 3 or 4 DPNs and you knit into the front and back of each stitch for one round and then knit one round plain. Then you alternate an increase row with a plain row. To my mind this always means a fair bit of faffing around with DPNs - shuffling stitches around and adjusting until finally you can get the blessed thing off onto a circular needle and away you go. I'm not a fan of DPNs just in case you were in any doubt.

So I started off by knitting a plain garter stitch square and then picking up stitches around - ha - genius. Instantly enough stitches for a 60cm circular needle and no need for DPNs.


A few people asked me how I worked the increases so I wrote it up as a free pattern to download and have fun with. It is very adaptable - make it with any weight of yarn, either solid or stripes as the fancy takes you. You just knit until you run out of yarn (or out of patience).


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(if you like, obviously it isn't compulsory)

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