Friday, December 22, 2006

Square ?

I can't remember what number this is and I've tidied away the book at present, it's growing nicely though and makes a change from the mosaic squares I was doing, I'm going to see my mother at Christmas abnd an afghan square may be just the thing to work on while I'm there, small and portable and easy to put right if I make mistakes while I talk!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Squares 9 and 10!

I found square 9, Hecate had been sleeping on it, surprising as she generally doesn't like acrylic.

Square 10 - the diagonal mosaic turned out to be easy and a fun knit, I've enjoyed making these but they won't look right until I crochet round tehm and sew them in place, blocking isn't going to do anything much for acrylic.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Starter for 10

I actually finished 9 yesterday - the horizontal mosaic and started this, the diagonal mosaic square, teh trouble is, I've misplaced square 9 without taking a picture, I blame the cat and wil have to show you how it looks when I refind it. I've picked up this pattern quite quickly, it's fairly easy to see how the mosaic patterns work once I've done the first repeat.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Square 8 and the start of 9

Strictly this is slightly rectangular, but having made it wider it has enough stretch in it to work as a square once I crochet around it and join it to the rest. I'm debating whether to use the red to crochet around the squares or emerald green and call this a Christmas candy cane afghan, I guess I'll just have to wait and see how much of it I get finished first.

Square 9, I forget what it is called at present and the book is in another room, it's way late for me to go looking, being stocking stitch it rolls up and is hard to photograph, I'm not sure yet if I've left enough slack in teh yarn floaters where you slip 3 stitches in a row. another of thos questions that rarely get answered until after you've done the cast off (bind off.
Hecate has very pointedly walked across my keyboard and mewed at me, I think she says it's bedtime!)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Square 8 begins

I decided to risk it, I cast on 6 extra stitches and I'm much happier with it this time around, although of course now I'm worying about it turning out too big!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Finally square 7

I've been very slow with this square, strange as I really like the pattern of it.
I think I'm going to skip square 8, no one has coem up with any advice on why mine is coming out so very much smaller than it needs to be. I'm going to flick through the book and find a pattern that takes my fancy and see how I get on with it.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Square 7 - a bit of it anyway!

I like this stitch pattern, I'm thinking of making a scarf with it sometime soon, it'll make a change from eyelash yarn scarves, and anyway I've nearly finished knitting up all the cheap acrylic eyelash that I have and I won't be replacing it unless someone orders something specific.

I'm worried about square 8, Barbara Walker makes the point that this stitch is very stretchy and makes it with only 30 stitches cast on, but look how much smaller my first try was when I was working with the other colourway compared to the garter stitch square, I'm trying to decide if it really will stretch that far or if I should add a few stitches. This si the next square if I knit them in order and I'm not sure how to proceed.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Square 6

Twisted rib, I'm wishing I'd changed the numbers of rows in each repeat as I don't like the odd 4 rows at the end, but it's finished! I have cast on square 7, but it has grown very very little!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The next square

Just a small amount of this next square done, I'm not keen on this one as it ends up with an odd length of rib at the end, I did think about changing thr number of rows in each section of rib, but the maths didn't work out so I decided just to do what the pattern says!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Squares 4 and 5

Square 4 is seed stitch and lattice work, although I don't normally like seed/moss stitch I do like this pattern, it's very logical and easy to remember. I want to use this again sometime.

Square 5 is diagonal rib, another pattern that is easy to remember once you've got started, I'm planning on leaving the afghan for a couple of days while I finish off a Christmas gift, that doesn't mean that it will turn out that way though!