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Friday, December 2, 2011

December Swatches

Hello Knitters!
Well, December has finally arrived!  Did you make it?  I can't believe that we've done so much this year, and I can't wait until next year!  This month's swatches look back on the entire year.  There is one texture pattern, one lace pattern (bobbles included!), and a beautiful cable.  So exciting! 
I hope you've enjoyed this year's swatches and I hope you will join me in January for 2012's Year of Swatches!
Happy knitting and warm regards-
-Lindsey

Beginner
 
Chain Link Fence

Cast on 42 stitches
Border Rows
1, 3, 5: K1, P1 across
2, 4:  P1, K1 across

Pattern Rows
Row 1 (and all odd numbered rows): (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) Knit (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 2: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) K1, slip 1, repeat to last 5 sts (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)Row 4: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) Slip 1, K1, repeat to last 5 sts (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)

Repeat these 4 rows until square is approx 9 inches.
Knit border rows 1-5
Bind off all stitches.

Easy

Bobbles and Lace
MB- Make Bobble: Knit into front, back, and front of stitch (makes 3 sts).  Turn work, K3. Turn work, P3. Turn work, slip 1 stitch, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over.
yo- Yarn over (also known as yarn forward)
k3tog- Knit 3 sts together as one

Cast on 38 stitches
Border Rows:
1, 3, 5: K1, P1 across
2, 4: P1, K1 across

Pattern Rows
Row 1: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) K8, yo, k3tog, yo, K3, yo, (sl 1, k2tog, psso), yo K11 (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 2 (and all even numbered rows): (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) Purl to last 5 sts (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)
Row 3: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) K7, yo, k3tog, yo, K5, yo, (sl 1, k2tog, psso), yo, K10 (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 5:  (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) K6, MB, K5, yo, k3tog, yo, K1, yo, (sl 1, k2tog, psso), yo, K9 (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)                
Row 7: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) K11, yo, k3tog, yo, K3, yo, (sl 1, k2tog, psso), yo, K8 (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 9: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) K10, yo, k3tog, yo, K5, yo, (sl 1, k2tog, psso), yo, MB, K6 (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 11: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) K9, yo, k3tog, yo, K1, yo, (sl 1, k2tog, psso), yo, K12 (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 12: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) Purl to last 5 stitches (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)

Repeat these 12 stitches until the square is approx 9 inches.
Repeat border rows 1-5.
Bind off all stitches.


Intermediate
 Honeycomb Cable
C4B- Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to back of work.  Knit 2 stitches then knit the 2 from the cable needle.
C4F- Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front of work.  Knit 2 stitches then knit the 2 from the cable needle. 

Cast on 42 stitches
Border rows
1, 3, 5: K1, P1 across
2, 4:  P1, K1 across

Pattern Rows
Row 1: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) (C4B, C4F) 4 times (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 2: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) purl across to last 5 sts (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)
Row 3: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) knit across to last 5 sts (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 4: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) purl across to last 5 sts (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)
Row 5: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) (C4F, C4B) 4 times (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 6: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) purl across to last 5 sts (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)
Row 7: (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1) knit across to last 5 sts (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 8: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) purl across to last 5 sts (P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)

Repeat these 8 rows until square is approx 9 inches, ending after either row 1 or row 5.
Repeat border rows 1-5
Bind off all stitches.

9 comments:

  1. What a fun idea! I didn't know about it until now, so I'm very glad you'll be doing it again for 2012!

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  3. I just started the 2011 swatches. I am having so much fun. I'm borderline intermediate/advanced knitter and had a hefty project or two. These are totally relaxing and fun to knit up when watching TV. Thank you for providing all these patterns. :)

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  4. I just stumbled upon this post and loved it! Honeycomb is the stitch I was looking for to knit a blanket for my first grandchild. Thanks!!
    Sonia

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  5. Happy New Year!

    I really don't know how I found this site, my pc must have become tired of FB and sent me here - and such a JOY!!

    Thanks for all your patterns and I agree with Disaster Strikes that this will be a relaxing knitting..

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