Square One In Greater Detail Than One Would Wish
April 27, 2008
I’m trying to write this down as I go, so humor me.
On Friday I made a beeline to Annie & Company for Euroflax colors I didn’t have, including Navy Blue and Cream.
In my yarn-scavenging frenzy, this nearly-done sweater nearly was sacrificed. I hesitated when I realized that I’ll still have a bunch left if I just finish the sleeves and cast the thing off.
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I’m using Size 3 needles. I’ll tell you my gauge later (quel suspense), but I’m thinking I’m getting 21 stitches over 4 inches/10cm.
For the moment at least, I am using “base 15” as a way to keep my squares modular, meaning that all of my squares will be a multiple of 15 stitches by a multiple of 15 garter ridges (remember that 1 garter ridge equals 2 rows; I count ridges because they’re easier to count). Square 1 is 60 stitches by 60 ridges.
Here’s how to work Square 1:
FYI: the square is oriented with the cast-on edge at the bottom.
Cast on 60 stitches in Navy Blue (A). Knit 12 garter ridges. Do not cut yarn.
Using Cream (B) and carrying Navy Blue up the side of the work as described below, knit 5 garter ridges.
Continuing to work garter stitch stripes as set, work stripes of the following widths:
Using A, bind off all stitches on the RS, but do not cut yarn. Turn the work one quarter-turn to the right.
Pick up 60 stitches in the row ends along this edge, and knit 10 ridges.
Bind off all stitches on the RS, but do not cut the yarn. Turn the work one quarter-turn to the right.
Now you are on the cast-on edge of the piece. Work cro-Kay across this edge (pick up 2 stitches, *bind off one stitch, pick up one stitch; repeat from * to the end of the edge). Turn the work one quarter-turn to the right.
Pick up 60 stitches int the row ends along this edge, and knit 5 ridges.
bind off all stitches on the RS, but do not cut the yarn. Turn the work one quarter-turn to the right. Work cro-Kay all across this edge and fasten off the last stitch to complete the square.
What am I doing with all that cro-Kay? I’m basically working a chain of crochet stitches (using knitting needles instead of a hook), so that the entire square is edged with bound-off stitches. I am doing this because I think these evenly bound-off stitches will be easier to join neatly when I put the squares together, no matter what method I use.
In the Department of Gratuitous Tips Telling You How To Do Something You Already Know (In Case You Don’t), here is how I carry the yarn not-in-use up the side of the work.
At the beginning of every RS row, I simply cross the yarn not-in-use (here it’s the Navy Blue) in front of the working yarn (here it’s the Cream) before I knit the first stitch of the row. Important for tidiness: before I start using the carried yarn again, I snug it up so that the edge doesn’t look sloppy. I pull it pretty straight but without gathering or squishing the edge stitches.
OK. Just trying to matter, you know?