St. Patrick’s Day Afghan

Snowflake Square - Block 13 (January 2001)
Designed by Katherine


This square is an adaptation of a stitch pattern called "Cristaux de Neige"  ("Snow Crystals" or "Snowflakes") that I found in a book here in France called "Tricot: Le Grand Livre" ("Knitting: The Big Book" -- not to be confused with Katharina Buss's "Big Book of Knitting" <g>). The original is a continuous snowflake design, but I wanted to try to figure out how to turn it into a single motif that could be used for the afghan square. 


Note for the "Lift 1" increases: Lace knitters will probably be more familiar with these increases -- I wasn't sure, but the "Right Increase" and "Left Increase" described by Elsebeth Lavold in her book "Viking Patterns for Knitting" reminded me of lift increases I've used in lace shawl patterns. If you have Lavold's book, you may wish to refer to her instructions for these increases.


Gauge in Rev. stock. Stitch: 20 st and 28 rows to 4"
Note: If your row gauge differs, adjust pattern accordingly in the number of reverse stockinette rows before Pattern row 13 and after Pattern row 62.


Some abbreviations:
k
: knit
p
: purl
aitp: as if to purl
tbl
: through back of loops
2/1 LPC (2/1 Left Purl Cross)
: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at front of work, p1, then k2 from cable needle
1/2 RPC (1/2 Right Purl Cross)
: Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold at back of work, k2, then p1 from cable needle
2/2 LPC (2/2 Left Purl Cross)
: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at front of work, p2, then k2 from cable needle
2/2 RPC (2/2 Right Purl Cross)
: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at back of work, k2, then p2 from cable needle
2/2 RC (2/2 Right Cross)
: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at back of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle
2/2LC (2/2 Left Cross)
: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.
Lift 1 Next
: increase 1 st . On reverse st. st., purl to increase point, move yarn to back, increase one st by lifting into the next stitch one row below.
Lift 1 Prev
: increase 1 st. increase 1 st by by lifting and kntting into the previous st (ie, the stitch you have just finished knitting or purling) 2 rows below.
Inc 5/1
: Knit into the front and back of the next stitch 5 times (you now have 5 sts where there was previously just one).
Dec 5/1
: (wyif, sl2sts aitp, p3tog, p2sso)
Dec 4/1
: (wyif, sl2sts aitp, p2tog, p2sso)
m1
: increase one stitch by inserting the left tip of the needle away from you under the horizontal thread that lies between the two needles; knit into the front loop of this raised thread.


Cast on 56 sts
Seed st.
Row 1: K1, p1 (seed st)
Row 2: P1, k1
Repeat the above 2 rows 3x
Begin Pattern on right side row.
Row 1: P all stitches between 5 stitch seed st. borders.
Row 2: K all stitches between seed st. borders.
Continue to maintain first and last 5 stitches in seed stitch through out the pattern rows. Repeat the above 2 rows 6 times. (To row 13 of pattern)
Row 13: P22, k1, Lift 1 Prev; Lift 1 Next,k1, p22). (Total stitches = 58)
Row 14: K22, p4, k22.
Row 15: P21, 1/2 RPC, 2/1 LPC, p21.
Row 16: K21, p2, k2, p2, k21.
Row 17: P20, 1/2 RPC, p2, 2/1 LPC, p20.
Row 18: K20, p2, k4, p2, k20.
Row 19: P19, 1/2 RPC, p4, 2/1 LPC, p19.
Row 20: K19, p2, k6, p2, k19.
Row 21: P19, k2, p6, k2, p19.
Row 22 K19, p2, k6, p2, k19.
Row 23: P19, 2/1 LPC, p4, 1/2 RPC, p19.
Row 24: k20, p2, k4, p2, k20.
Row 25: P13, Inc 5/1, p6, 2/1 LPC, p2, 1/2 RPC, p6, Inc 5/1, p13. (Total stitches = 66)
Row 26: K13, p2, k1, p2, k7, p2 k2, p2, k7, p2, k1, p2, k13.
Row 27: P12, 1/2 RPC, p1, 2/2 LPC, p5, 2/1 LPC, 1/2 RPC, p5, 2/2 RPC, p1, 2/1 LPC, p12.
Row 28: K12, p2, k4, p2, k6, p4, k6, p2, k4, p2, k12.
Row 29: P12, k2, p4, 2/2 LPC, p4, 2/2 RC, p4, 2/2 RPC, p4, k2, p12.
Row 30: K12, p2, k6, p2, k4, p4, k4, p2, k6, p2, k12.
Row 31: P12, 2/2 LPC, p4, 2/2 LPC, 2/2 RPC, 2/2 LPC, 2/2 RPC, p4, 2/2 RPC, p12
Row 32: K14, p2, k6, p4, k4, p4, k6, p2, k14.
Row 33: P14, 2/2 LPC, p4, 2/2 LC, p4, 2/2 LC, p4, 2/2 RPC, p14.
Row 34: K16, p2, k4, p4, k4, p4, k4, p2, k16.
Row 35: P16, 2/2 LPC, 2/2 RPC, 2/2 LPC, 2/2 RPC, 2/2 LPC, 2/2 RPC, p16.
Row 36: K18, p4, k4, p4, k4, p4, k18.
Row 37: P18, 2/2 RC, p4, 2/2 RC, p4, 2/2 RC, p18.
Row 38: K18, p4, k4, p4, k4, p4, k18.
Row 39: P16, 2/2 RPC, 2/2 LPC, 2/2 RPC, 2/2 LPC, 2/2 RPC, 2/2 LPC, p16.
Row 40: K16, p2, k4, p4, k4, p4, k4, p2, k16.
Row 41: P14, 2/2 RPC, p4, 2/2 LC, p4, 2/2 LC, p4, 2/2 LPC, p14.
Row 42: K14, p2, k6, p4, k4, p4, k6, p2, k14.
Row 43: P12, 2/2 RPC, p4, 2/2 RPC, 2/2 LPC, 2/2 RPC, 2/2 LPC, p4, 2/2 LPC, p12.
Row 44: K12, p2, k6, p2, k4, p4, k4, p2, k6, p2, k12.
Row 45: P12, k2, p4, 2/2 RPC, p4, 2/2 RC, p4, 2/2 LPC, p4, k2, p12.
Row 46: K12, p2, k4, p2, k6, p4, k6, p2, k4, p2, k12.
Row 47: P12, 2/1 LPC, p1, 2/2 RPC, p5, 1/2 RPC, 2/1 LPC, p5, 2/2 LPC, p1, 1/2 RPC, p12.
Row 48: K13, Dec 5/1, k7, p2, k2, p2, k7, Dec 5/1, k13. (Total stitches = 58)
Row 49: P20, 1/2 RPC, p2, 2/1 LPC, p20.
Row 50: K20, p2, k4, p2, k20.
Row 51: P19, 1/2 RPC, p4, 2/1 LPC, p19.
Row 52: K19, p2, k6, p2, k19.
Row 53: P19, k2, p6, k2, p19.
Row 54: K19, p2, k6, p2, k19.
Row 55: P19, 2/1 LPC, p4, 1/2 RPC, p19.
Row 56: K20, p2, k4, p2, k20.
Row 57: P20, 2/1 LPC, p2, 1/2 RPC, p20.
Row 58: K21, p2, k2, p2, k21.
Row 59: P21, 2/1 LPC, 1/2 RPC, p21.
Row 60: K22, p4, k22.
Row 61: P22, Dec 4/1, p22. (Total stitches = 55)
Row 62: K22, m1, k23. (Total stitches = 56)
Row 63: P all stitches between seed st. borders.
Row 64: K all stitches between seed st. borders.
Repeat rows 63 & 64 seven more times (total of 78 pattern rows)
End with 6 rows of seed st.
Cast Off in Seed Stitch.

 
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