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CHAINS

CHAINS knitting pattern CHAINS stitch pattern ohlalana

CHAINS Stitch Pattern

Skill level: beginner. Only knits and purls! You can see more beginner stitch knitting patterns here.

Over a multiple of 8 sts.

CHAINS knitting pattern CHAINS stitch pattern ohlalana

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS ROW BY ROW

The instructions between brackets correspond to the grey coloured part on the chart. Repeat it as many times as needed.

Row 1) [p1, k1, p2, k3, p1]

Row 2) [k1, p3, k2, p1, k1]

Row 3) [p1, k1, p3, k1, p2]

Row 4) [k2, p1, k3, p1, k1]

Row 5) [k3, p2, k1, p2]

Row 6) [k2, p1, k2, p3]

Row 7) [k3, p2, k1, p2]

Row 8) [k2, p1, k3, p1, k1]

Row 9) [p1, k1, p3, k1, p2]

Row 10) [k1, p3, k2, p1, k1]

CHARTED INSTRUCTIONS

• Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
• Repeat the grey painted part as many times as you need.

Chains pattern knitting dishcloth

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DIAMOND PADDING

DIAMOND PADDING knitting pattern DIAMOND PADDING stitch pattern ohlalana

DIAMOND PADDING stitch pattern

Skill level: beginner. Only knits and purls! You can see more beginner stitch knitting patterns here.

Over a multiple of 4 sts.

DIAMOND PADDING knitting pattern DIAMOND PADDING stitch pattern ohlalana

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS ROW BY ROW

The instructions between brackets correspond to the grey coloured part on the chart. Repeat it as many times as needed.

Row 1) (RS) [k1, p1, k1, p1]

Row 2) [k1, p1, k1, p1]

Row 3) [p1, k3]

Row 4) [p3, k1]

Row 5) [k1, p1, k1, p1]

Row 6) [k1, p1, k1, p1]

Row 7) [k2, p1, k1]

Row 8) [p1, k1, p2]

 

CHARTED INSTRUCTIONS

• Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
• Repeat the grey painted part as many times as you need.

DIAMOND PADDING knitting pattern DIAMOND PADDING stitch pattern ohlalana

MIST ON A WINDOW PANE

mist knitting pattern mist stitch pattern ohlalana

MIST ON A WINDOW PANE Stitch Pattern

Skill level: beginner. Only knits and purls! You can see more beginner stitch knitting patterns here.

Over a multiple of 6 sts.

MIST knitting pattern MIST stitch pattern ohlalana

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS ROW BY ROW

The instructions between brackets correspond to the grey coloured part on the chart. Repeat it as many times as needed.

Row 1) k all row

Row 2) [k4, p1, k1]

Row 3) k all row

Row 4) [k4, p1, k1]

Row 5) k all row

Row 6) [k1, p1, k4]

Row 7) k all row

Row 8) [k1, p1, k4]

CHARTED INSTRUCTIONS

• Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
• Repeat the grey painted part as many times as you need.

MIST knitting pattern MIST stitch pattern ohlalana

ROOF TILES

ROOF TILES knitting pattern roof tiles stitch pattern ohlalana

ROOF TILES Stitch Pattern

Skill level: beginner. Only knits and purls! You can see more beginner stitch knitting patterns here.

Over a multiple of 12 sts.

ROOF TILES knitting pattern roof tiles stitch pattern ohlalana

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS ROW BY ROW

The instructions between brackets correspond to the grey coloured part on the chart. Repeat it as many times as needed.

Row 1) k all row

Row 2) [(k1, p5) x 2]

Row 3) k all row

Row 4) [k1, p5, k6]

Row 5) k all row

Row 6) [k1, p5, k6]

Row 7) k all row

Row 8) [(k1, p5) x 2]

Row 9) k all row

Row 10) [(k1, p5) x 2]

Row 11) k all row

Row 12) [k7, p5]

Row 13) k all row

Row 14) [k7, p5]

CHARTED INSTRUCTIONS

• Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
• Repeat the grey painted part as many times as you need.

roof tiles stitch knitting pattern ohlalana

TRIANGLES

triangles stitch knitting pattern triangles knitting triangles stitch pattern

TRIANGLES stitch pattern.

Skill level: beginner. Only knits and purls! You can see more beginner stitch knitting patterns here.

Over a multiple of 8 sts + 1.

triangles stitch knitting pattern triangles knitting

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS ROW BY ROW

The instructions between brackets correspond to the gray coloured part on the chart. Repeat it as many times as needed.

Row 1) k1, [p7, k1]

Row 2) [p2, k5, p1], p1

Row 3) k1, [k2, p3, k3]

Row 4) [p4, k1, p3], p1

Row 5) p1, [p3, k1, p4]

Row 6) [k3, p3, k2], k1

Row 7) p1, [p1, k5, p2]

Row 8) [k1, p7], k1

CHARTED INSTRUCTIONS

• Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
• Repeat the grey painted part as many times as you need.

triangles stitch knitting pattern triangles knitting triangles stitch pattern


HOW TO: Assemble a blanket of knitted blocks

knitting blanket assembly ohlalana

The first step to assemble a blanket of knitted blocks is to decide the distribution of the pieces and block them. Some people prefer to block them first and then think about their distribution, and others choose to first decide the distribution and then block. I usually choose the second one because it allows me to block the squares in batches. This way, while the second batch of squares in the process of blocking is drying up, I start sewing the first batch 🙂 If you don’t know how to block your squares or want to see a step-by-step guide, I suggest you take a look at my article on blocking.

To give you an example of the whole process I share the photos of the assembly of my “12 blocks for Xmas” blanket (click for the free pattern).

12 blocks for Xmas blanket ohlalana
Stack of blocks waiting to be turned into a blanket 🙂

1) DISTRIBUTION OF THE BLOCKS

Play with them, placing them in different places until the layout is just as you want it to:

12 block for Xmas blanket assemble ohlalana
12 Blocks for Xmas blanket: positioning all blocks

2) JOINING BLOCKS

There are several ways to join the blocks, and I show below the ones that I use the most. Before choosing the method however, it is necessary to decide the direction of the joins that will be made first. I recommend that you always make the horizontal ones between blocks, for example, and then all the vertical joins. That’s what I usually do.

knitting blanket assembly ohlalana
Assembling the blanket: the horizontal seams are finished, obtaining strips of blocks.

INVISIBLE HORIZONTAL SEAM

I use this seam to join one bound-off edge with one casted-on one (or two bound-off or two casted-on edges). You need to have the same amount of stitches in each piece because it is worked stitch by stitch, recreating a row. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Line up the edges of your pieces, with the right sides facing up.
  2. Thread a needle with a strand of yarn of the same thickness used to knit the blocks, and insert it from back to front into the first stitch of the bottom piece. how to seam knitting
  3. Insert the needle under the first stitch inside the cast-on edge of the top piece. Tighten to join. how to seam knitting
  4. Continue alternating between wrapping a stitch inside the bound-off edge of the block below and the corresponding stitch inside the casted-on edge of the block above. assembly knitting blocks
    how to seam knitting
  5. As you progress through the seam, gently pulling the thread to join both sides, the seam will “hide”.
    how to seam knitting

    how to seam knitting
    This is how the seem looks from the backside.

SINGLE CROCHET SEAM

This seam uses single crochet stitch to join the pieces together. If you want to add some nice texture on the right side of your work, you can hold your squares with the wrong sides together when joining. This way, the single crochet seam will be visible on the right side. However, I give you below the instructions to join the squares leaving the seam in the wrong side.

  1.  Hold the two pieces you want to join with their right sides together.
  2. Insert your crochet hook through both. single crochet seam knitting
  3. Wrap your yarn around the hook and pull through. single crochet seam knitting
  4. Wrap both yarns on your left hand (the yarn you will continue to use and the yarn tail you’ll end up weaving in :)…single crochet seam knitting
  5. …and pull both through. single crochet seam
  6. Continue pulling out the yarn tail of the beginning and keep in your hook the loop made with the yarn you will continue using. single crochet joining single crochet joining single crochet seam
  7.  Insert your crochet hook into the following stitch on both pieces, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through. You will have two loops in your hook.  single crochet seaming single crochet joining
  8. Wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through both loops in your hook to make your first single crochet stitchsingle crochet joining
  9. Repeat instructions 7 and 8 until you finish joining all stitches in your knitted pieces. In other words, make an entire row of single crochet stitch working each stitch through both knitted pieces. single crochet joining

    single crochet joining
    This is how the seam looks from the front side IF you decided to make the single crochet row in the wrong side.

VERTICAL SEAM

Once you finished joining your blocks with horizontal seams you’ll end up with strips of squares:

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Assembling the blanket: the horizontal seams are finished, obtaining strips of blocks.

Now it’s time to join these strips. For an invisible seam you can use either mattress stitch (if you’re joining together pieces in stocking stitch) or, like I show you below, use edge-to-edge seam to join pieces with garter stitches at the sides.

EDGE-TO-EDGE SEAM

This is a flat seam (no bulky join at the wrong side!) that uses the side knots left by the garter stitches at both edges:

how to sew knitted pieces 

vertical seam knitting edge to edge

vertical seam knitting edge to edge

I hope you find all the info useful!

Love,

Cecilia

Blocking

WHAT IS BLOCKING?

Blocking is a useful finishing technique for knitting and crochet pieces. It allows you to:

  • even up uneven stitches, correcting its tension.
  • stretch any knitting or crochet project to make it a bit longer or wider, reaching the exact measurements the pattern calls for. In the case of modular blankets such as my “12 blocks for Xmas”, the main purpose of blocking is to make sure each square gets to the same measure before sewing up to assemble the blanket.
  • open out the texture of your work, showing the stitch pattern at its best (essential for lace shawls and similar things).
  • obtain straight edges.
  • make your yarn projects look neat and crisp 🙂

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BLOCK 12 of 12 blocks of Xmas knitted blanket – OhLaLana!

Chevron knitting pattern chevron afghan square OhLaLana dishcloth free pattern

Block 12: Chevron

Hello there!! I share here the pattern for the last block of the blanket, this time with a double chevron design. Finally! I hope you like it, and prepare all the squares, blocking them if possible. On Thursday I will be writing the last article of this project, detailing 3 different ways to join the blocks.

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BLOCK 11 of 12 blocks of Xmas knitted blanket – OhLaLana!

Diagonal stitch knitting pattern BLOCK 11 of 12 blocks Xmas knitted blanket OhLaLana dishcloth free pattern

I knew I was going to be out of my home yesterday all day. For that reason, I wrote the post on Wednesday and I had left it programmed so that it would be published on Thursday at 10 am. Clearly, I did something wrong… I’m sorry!!

Block 11: Diagonal

Hello!! I leave you below the pattern for our 11th block. Just one more to go!!! Next week, after our last Monday’s block, we’ll discuss 3 different ways to join the squares. 

Happy knitting!

Cecilia

PS: look carefully at the instructions for side sts, they are a bit different than the previous ones.

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BLOCK 10 of 12 blocks of Xmas knitted blanket – OhLaLana!

Basket stitch knitting pattern BLOCK 10 12 blocks Xmas knitted blanket OhLaLana dishcloth free pattern

Block 10: Basket

Hi there! Today’s block features basket stitch, one of the most beautiful beginner patterns, in my opinion. I suddenly remembered one of the judges of the series “The Good Wife” 😉

We are nearing the end of our project! Within a week we will be planning different ways of joining squares. I hope to make it in time with my white ones (I’m very very behind).

See you soon!

Cecilia

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