Lace motifs, last 2 patterns and cloudy blanket finishing

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The cloudy blanket, worked with soft Mohair Royal, is almost complete. We posted the first 4 knitting lace patterns, with bells/zig zag motifs and diamonds/pine cone motifis.

mohair royal 5521Now arrive 2 more motifs, worked in charcoal No. 5521, forming diagonals and pillars. Each motif always measures about 15 x 15 cm. We can then work a combination of them and finishing our project!

Diagonal openwork motif, instructions and diagram

With 5.00mm needles and two strands of yarn held together (take outer and inner ends of yarn ball and work them together) cast on 34 sts and work following instructions and diagram:
Row 1: 2 selvedge sts (= K2), * P4, K2tog (Knit two together), yfd (yarn forward), K2, K2tog, yfd, K1tbl, P4; rep from * twice, end with 2 selvedge sts.
Row 2: 2 selvedge sts, K4, P7, K8, P7, K4, 2 selvedge sts.
Row 3: 2 selvedge sts, * P3, K2tog, yfd, K2, K2tog, yfd, K1, yfd, SK1P, P3; rep from * twice, end with 2 selvedge sts.
Row 4: 2 selvedge sts, K3, P9, K6, P9, K3, 2 selvedge sts.
Row 5: 2 selvedge sts, * P2, K2tog, yfd, K2, K2tog, yfd, K3, yfd, SK1P, P2 *; rep from * twice, end with 2 selvedge sts.
Row 6: 2 selvedge sts, K2, P11, K4, P11, K2, 2 selvedge sts.
Row 7: 2 selvedge sts, * P1, K2tog, yfd, K2, K2tog, yfd, K1, yfd, SK1P, K2, yfd, SK1P, P1; rep from * twice, end with 2 selvedge sts.
Row 8: 2 selvedge sts, K1, P13, K2, P13, K1, 2 selvedge sts.
Row 9: 2 selvedge sts, * K2tog, yfd, K2, K2tog, yfd, K3, yfd, SK1P, K2, yfd, SK1P; rep from * twice, end with 2 selvedge sts.
Row 10: 2 selvedge sts, P30, 2 selvedge sts.
Row 11: 2 selvedge sts, * P2, yfd, SK1P, K3, K2tog, yfd, K2, K2tog, yfd, P2; rep from * twice, end with 2 selvedge sts.
Row 12: 2 selvedge sts, K2, P11, K4, P11, K2, 2 selvedge sts.
Row 13: 2 selvedge sts, * P3, yfd, SK1P, K1, K2tog, yfd, K2, K2tog, yfd, P3; rep from * twice, end with 2 selvedge sts.
Row 14: 2 selvedge sts, K3, P9, K6, P9, K3, 2 selvedge sts.
Row 15: 2 selvedge sts, * P4, yfd, SK2P, yfd, K2, K2tog, yfd, P4; rep from * twice, end with 2 selvedge sts.
Row 16: 2 selvedge sts, K4, P7, K8, P7, K4, 2 selvedge sts
Rows 17-32: repeat rows 1-16.
b K34.
Cast off. Keep Motif.

Download Diagonal openwork diagram in pdf file

Pillar openwork motif, instructions and diagram

With 5.00mm needles and two strands of yarn held together (take outer and inner ends of yarn ball and work them together) cast on 34 sts and work following instructions and diagram:
Row 1: 2 selvedge sts (= work K2), * P3, yfd (yarn forward), K2tog (Knit two together), K2, SK1P, yfd *; rep from * 3 times, end with P3 and 2 selvedge sts.
Row 2: 2 selvedge sts, * K3, P6 *; rep from * 3 times, end with K3 and 2 selvedge sts.
Row 3: 2 selvedge sts, * P3, K1, yfd, K2tog,K2, SK1P, yfd, K1 *; rep from * 3 times, end with P3 and 2 selvedge sts.
Row 4: 2 selvedge sts, * K3, P6 *; rep from * three, end with K3 and 2 selvedge sts.
Rows 5-32: repeat 7 more times rows 1-4.
Row 33: K34.
Cast off. Keep Motif.

Download Pillar openwork diagram in pdf file

Increases/Decreases and K1TBL Photo Tutorials

Here are photo tutorials of the techniques used for increases/decreases and for working a K1TBL. To show steps better, they are worked with a thicker yarn, always using two strands of yarn held together.

TUTORIAL 1

K2TOG (Knit Two Together)

K2TOG - needle into first 2 sts

Insert right needle into the first 2 sts on the left needle at the same time from left to right.

K2TOG - knit 2 sts together

Knit two sts together as follows: wrap the yarn around the needle counter-clockwise by going in from behind, then pull the working yarn through both sts at the same time.

K2TOG - 1 decrease slanting to the right

You will obtain 1 decrease slanting to the right.

 

TUTORIAL 2

YFD (Yarn Forward) before K1

yarn forward

Wrap the yarn around right needle from back to front, then bring the yarn to the back to knit the next stitch (= 1 increase).

 

TUTORIAL 3

K1TBL – knit 1 st through back loop

K1TBL

Insert right needle through the back part of the stitch, wrap the yarn around and complete the stitch as usual.

 

TUTORIAL 4

SK1P (Slip, Knit, Pass)

SK1P - Slip 1 st
Slip 1 stitch

SK1P - K1

knit 1 stitch

SK1P - pass slipped st over K1

pass slipped st over K1.

SK1P - 1 decrease slanting to the left

You will obtain 1 decrease slanting to the left.

 

TUTORIAL 5

YFD (YARN FORWARD) BEFORE P1

YFD before P1

Bring the yarn to the front, wrap the yarn around right needle bringing it to the back ready to purl the next stitch (= 1 increase).

 

TUTORIAL 6

SK2P (SLIP, KNIT 2 TOGETHER, PASS)

SK2P - slip 1 st

Slip 1 st

SK2P - knit 2 sts together

knit 2 sts together

SK2P - pass slipped st over K2tog

pass slipped st over K2tog.

SK2P - a double decrease slanting to the left

You will obtain a double decrease slanting to the left.

And now…the Blanket!

Also the lasts motif has been given! 24 motifs are needed to obtain a blanket measuring approx 60x90cm
Taking inspiration from different compositions proposed below or following your personal imagination, you have to work required number of motifs. For the motifs that will be used as the 1st upper row of the blanket, end the work by knitting the 33rd and 34th rows, then cast off the stitches. A finish will be formed as in the motifs of the 1st lower row.

cloudy blanket - composition 1     cloudy blanket - composition 2

cloudy blanket - composition 3      cloudy blanket - composition4

When all the motifs are finished and ready to join, it is necessary to block them for bringing all them to the same size. So, first, fasten off and weave in ends. Lay out motifs on a flat surface, covered with an ironing cloth. Pin out each Motif to measurements. Cover with a slightly damp cloth and leave to dry. Remove the pins only when the cloth and the Motif are perfectly dry.
Tip: to ensure that they are perfectly the same, overlap the motifs, placing them 3 by 3.

Now join all the motifs with yarn needle, taking corresponding edge stitches of two neighboring motifs. Follow preferred compositions and use main colour in the row.

The blanket is now complete!

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