Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nine Patch Star Blanket

The Nine Patch Star Blanket was inspired by the nine patch quilt block. Since I don't quilt, I thought it would be a great opportunity to knit my own version. A great project for travel, the squares are quick and easy to knit and small enough to tuck into your purse. The squares are worked on the bias, to make color changes simple.



Size: 48" x 48"
Yarn: Lion Brand - Vanna's Choice, chocolate (color A) - 7 balls (approx 1200 yards); honey (color B) - 4 balls (approx 700 yards); dusty blue (color C) - 4 balls (approx 700 yards)

Supplies: US Size 8/Metric 5mm needles & US Size H/8/Metric 5mm crochet hook

Glossary:

K - knit
K f/b - knit front and back of stitch (increase)
K2 tog - knit two together (decrease)
SSK - slip, slip knit (decrease)

Gauge: 16 stitches per 4"

Nine Patch Star Blanket

Solid Square (make 4 in color A and 8 in color B):

Cast on 3 stitches using cable cast on
Row 1: K f/b, knit to last stitch, K f/b
Row 2: knit all stitches
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until your reach row 42 (45 stitches)
Row 43: SSK, knit to last two stitches, K2 tog
Row 44: knit all stitches
Repeat rows 43 and 44 until you reach row 84 (3 stitches)

Cast off as follows:
Knit 2 stitches, pull first stitch knit over second stitch, slip remaining stitch from right needle back to left needle and knit remaining two stitches together. Cut yarn and pull thru remaining stitch.


Two Color Square (make 4 in AB and 20 in AC)
Start same as solid square up to row 42
Switch to second color and work remaining rows as above.

Arrange pieces per chart and sew together.
Finishing: Work one round of single crochet around outside between garter ridges, working three single crochet in each corner, slip stitch to join.  Weave in loose ends with crochet hook and block.

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