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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Learn to Knit - Not Quite Farrow Rib Stitch

I just can't seem to get enough of these oddball blankets lately! Here's the next one I finished. It's called Pumpkin Delight.

Completed Pumpkin Delight Oddball BlanketAs you can see in the picture, it was knit in fall/pumpkin/pie colors and the middle 'pie crust' section was done in a woven cable stitch to mimic the look of pie crust. Very clever!

These are not my favorite colors for a baby blanket, but I guess since babies like high contrast color combinations, this should be just right for some lucky little guy. Notice how the section worked in a cable design pulls the work in towards the middle. This is the nature of certain types of stitches in knitting and should be considered when choosing the pattern for a particular piece. This blanket will be washed and blocked which will hopefully stretch out that section a bit and even up the edges. But even if the blanket retains its hour glass shape, it will still be warm and cozy and hopefully the family who receives it will know it was made with lots of love.

The top green section and the border are my handiwork on this one. I loved the look of a stitch I had seen on other blankets so I asked for the pattern and thought I would use it on this blanket. Once I had finished several rows, I realized it wasn't working out quite right, even though I was following the pattern as it was given to me. I continued anyway since the stitch I was using looked fine and actually I thought it was a bit different.

My Corner of Pumpkin Delight Oddball BlanketHere is a corner of the blanket where you can see my knitted section in the lighter green in a stitch I am now calling 'Not Quite Farrow Rib'. The rib part is noticeable in among the garter stitch, but overall it appears a little too similar to plain old seed stitch, which is what the orange section before this was worked in. I'll share the stitch pattern here in case you would like to use it yourself. It's quite simple.

Not Quite Farrow Rib Stitch

Row 1: K2, P1 across
Row 2: P1, K2 across

This stitch would make a nice lightweight blanket if used throughout. It would also be a good stitch for a sweater. It is the same on the front and the back so it could also be used for a scarf. It does not have much stretch to it and lies rather flat, but it has nice texture with all the little bumps all over it.

The dark green border was simply crocheted by working two rounds of single crochet, working 3 stitches in each corner so the work would remain flat, and then ending with a slip stitch and weaving in the ends.

Next time I'll share with you a little more Baby looking blanket and the real Farrow Rib Stitch which turned out quite nicely and will be added to my list of stitches to use in the future.

Happy Stitching!

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