Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bright Hope Block, 3rd in Ode to Quilting series

The Bright Hope block is the 3rd block in my Ode to Quilting afghan.


Pattern for Bright Hope Block:

Recommended Knitting skill level: Easy

Yarn: Lion's Wool by Lion Brand (see my links to the right for Lion Brand's website) or substitute any wool yarn from your stash that meets the below gauge specifications.
1. Color A = Ebony
2. Color B = Pumpkin
3. Color C = Goldenrod
4. Color D = Scarlet
5. Color E = Purple

Needles: Lion's Wool recommends size 8 (I used size 5)

Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rows is 1 inch in Stocking Stitch

Stocking Stitch Pattern:
Knit all stitches on the RS; Purl all stitches on the WS

Arrow Pattern:
Row 1 (RS): K6, P2, K6.
Row 2: K1, P4, K4, P4, K1.
Row 3: K4, P6, K4.
Row 4: K1, P2, K8, P2, K1.
Row 5: K2, P4, K2, P4, K2.
Row 6: K5, P4, K5.
Row 7: K1, P3, K6, P3, K1.
Row 8: K3, P8, K3.
Row 9: K1, P1, K10, P1, K1.
Row 10: K1, P5, K2, P5, K1.
Row 11: K5, P4, K5.
Row 12: K1, P3, K6, P3, K1.
Row 13: K3, P8, K3.
Row 14: K1, P1, K4, P2, K4, P1, K1.
Row 15: K1, P4, K4, P4, K1.
Row 16: K4, P6, K4.
Row 17: K1, P2, K8, P2, K1.
Row 18: K2, P10, K2.

Knitting Instructions:
In Color A, cast on 26 stitches. Work in Stocking Stitch for 36 rows. Bind off.

In Color B, cast on 14 stitches. Work rows 1 thru 18 of the Arrow Pattern three times for a total of 54 rows. Bind off.
In Color C, cast on 14 stitches. Work rows 1 thru 18 of the Arrow Pattern three times. Bind off.
In Color D, cast on 14 stitches. Work rows 1 thru 18 of the Arrow Pattern three times. Bind off.
In Color E, cast on 14 stitches. Work rows 1 thru 18 of the Arrow Pattern three times. Bind off.

Finishing Instructions:
Lay all the knitted pieces out on a flat surface. Shift them around until you like the way it looks. Your block will look like the one below, minus a dog. (Jake wanted to be in all the pictures yesterday. How could I say no? He looked so cute!)

Pick up only the black square and the color strip to the right of the block. In this case, it is the pumpkin (orange) strip.

Line the top of the pumpkin strip up with the top of the black square. The strip should be 3 inches longer than the black square.

Using a mattress stitch and orange yarn, weave the two pieces together. Do not break the yarn. It will be used later.




Next, pick up the color strip that lay directly below the black square. In this case, it will be the purple strip. Lay the purple strip down so that the top of the strip butts up with the left side of the orange strip. The arrows of the purple strip should point toward the orange strip.

Measure the purple strip. It should measure 9 inches. Using a straight pin with a colorful head, mark the placement of 6 inches down from the top. Line the straight pin up with the bottom left corner of the black square. Using safety pins, pin the purple square in place.

Using a mattress seam and purple yarn, seam the purple strip to the black square. Do not break the yarn.

Next, pin the top of the purple strip to the remaining left side of the orange strip. Pick up the leftover yarn used when seaming the orange strip to the black square. Use it to seam the two strips together.

Next, pick up the color strip that lay to the right of the black square. In this case, it is the red strip. Line the bottom of the red strip up with the bottom right hand corner of the black square. The top of the red strip should extend 3 inches beyond the top of the black square. It should butt into the section of the purple strip extending beyond the black square. Additionally, the arrows in the red strip should point toward the purple strip.

Using the mattress stitch and red yarn, weave the red strip and the black square together.

Next, pin the top of the red strip to the remaining 3 inches of the purple strip. Using the leftover purple yarn, weave the two pieces together.

Next, pick up the final color strip. In this case, the yellow strip is the lone straggler. Pin the yellow strip in place.

The top of the yellow strip should butt into the side of the red strip. The bottom of the yellow strip should be even with the right outside edge of the orange strip. Additionally, the arrows on the yellow strip should point toward the red strip. Likewise, the arrows on the orange strip should point towards the yellow strip.

Measure the yellow strip to locate where it is 6 inches from the top. Mark it with a pin. Line the pin up with the orange and black seam (where the orange strip was weaved together with the black square).

Using the mattress stitch and yellow yarn, weave the yellow strip to the black square and to the top of the orange strip.

Finally, pin the top of the yellow strip to the remaining loose side of the red strip. Using the leftover red yarn, weave the final two pieces together.

Weave in any loose strands of yarn.

Ta Da. You have a Bright Hope Square.

1 comment:

Alice said...

What a pretty blog you have! And thank you for stopping by mine. :)