St. Patrick’s Day Afghan

Block 15 (March 2001)
Designed by Patricia Kalthoff

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I used one skein of Brown Sheep Nature Spun worsted weight yarn, in color Natural. You will need a set of double pointed needles, and a sixteen inch circular needle of the same size (I used a size 6/4mm), and a set of double pointed needles one size smaller. (When Valerie test knit the square, she used a 24" instead of a 16" needle with good results). One stitch marker is optional, but makes life easier. The cable key is at the end of the directions.

DIRECTIONS:

Using a circular method, cast on 16 stitches to 4 of the smaller size double pointed needles, 4 to each needle. The first stitch on each needle will be a "seam" stitch, and will stay in knit the whole square. (I used Thom Christoph’s circular cast on from the back of the new book, A Gathering of Lace, but Emily Ocker also has a good cast on in the same book and in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac.

1. Knit one round.

*From here on, all round directions should be repeated 4 times, once for each needle.*

2. K1, increase 1 by backward loop, K3, inc. 1 by backward loop. 24 stitches.

3. K one round.

4. K1, increase 1 by backward loop, K2, P1, K2, inc. 1 by backward loop. 32 stitches.

5. K1, P1, K5, P1.

6. K1, inc. 1, (P1, K2) 2 times, P1, inc. 1. 40 stitches. Change to the larger DPNs .

7. K1, P2, K5, P2.

8. K1, inc. 1, P2, K2, P1, K2, P2, inc. 1. 48 stitches.

9. K1, P3, K5, P3.

10. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RK cable, P1, 2/1LK cable, P2, inc. 1. 56 stitches.

11. K1, P3, K2, P1, K1, P1, K2, P3.

12. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RP cable, K1, P1, K1, 2/1LP cable, P2, inc. 1. 64 stitches.

13. K1, P3, K2, (K1, P1) twice, K3, P3.

14. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RK cable, (P1, K1) twice, P1, 2/1LK cable, P2, inc. 1. 72 sts.

15. K1, P3, K2, (P1, K1) 4 times, K1, P3.

16. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RP cable, (K1, P1) 3 times, K1, 2/1LP cable, P2, inc. 1. 80 sts.

17. K1, P3, K3, (P1, K1) 3 times,P1, K3, P3.

By now you will be able to change to the sixteen inch circular needle.

18. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RK cable, (P1, K1) 4 times,P1, 2/1LK cable, P2, inc. 1. 88 sts.

19. K1, P3, K2, (P1, K1) 5 times, P1, K2, P3.

20. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RP cable, (K1 P1) 5 times, K1, 2/1LP cable, P2, inc. 1. 96 stitches.

21. K1, P3, K3, (P1, K1) 6 times, K2, P3.

22. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RK cable, (P1, K1) 6 times, P1, 2/1LK cable, P2, inc. 1. 104 stitches.

23. K1, P3, K2, (P1, K1) 8 times, K1, P3.

24. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RP cable, (K1, P1) 7 times, K1, 2/1LP cable, P2, inc. 1. 112 stitches.

25.K1, P3, K3, (P1, K1) 8 times, K2, P3.

26. K1, inc. 1,, P2, 1/2RK cable, (P1, K1) 8 times, P1, 2/1LK cable, P2, inc. 1. 120 stitches.

27. K1, P3, K2, (P1, K1) 9 times, P1, K2, P3.

28. K1, inc. 1, P2, 1/2RP cable, (K1, P1) 9 times, K1, 2/1LP cable, P2, inc. 1. 128 stitches.

29. K1, P3, K3, (P1, K1) 10 times, K2, P3.

(Row 30 is worked without a cable crossing; time to round off that shamrock leaf.)

30. K1, inc. 1, P3, K2, (P1, K1) 10 times, P1, K2, P3, inc. 1. 136 stitches.

31. K1, P4, K3, (P1, K1) 10 times, K2, P4.

32. K1, inc. 1, P4, C4LP, (P1, K1) 8 times, P1, C4RP, P4, inc. 1. 144 stitches.

33. K1, P7, K2, (K1, P1) 8 times, K3, P7.

34. K1, inc. 1, P7, C4LP, (P1,K1) 6 times, P1, C4RP, P7, inc. 1. 152 stitches.

(Row 35 is the first odd-numbered row to have a cable crossing, and it uses 5 stitches.)

35. K1, P10, C5LP, (P1, K1) 3 times, P1, C5RP, P10.

36. K1, inc. 1, P13, C5LP, P1, C5RP, P13, inc. 1. 160 stitches.

37. K1, P17, decrease 5 stitches to 1 and purl it, P17. 144 stitches.

(Decrease 5 stitches to 1: Slip 3 stitches purlwise to R needle, pass second over first, move first to L needle. Pass second stitch on L ndl over first, move first stitch back to R ndl. Pass second over first, move first to left needle. Pass second over first on L ndl, then purl the remaining stitch.)

38. K1, inc. 1, P35, inc. 1. 152 stitches.

39. K1, P37.

40. K1, inc. 1,P37, inc. 1. 160 stitches.

41. K1, P39.

This is where I started the seed stitch border. If your square is not a healthy 10 inches at this point, then continue to work in reverse stockinette as in the last 4 rounds, increasing on each even-numbered round, and finishing with an odd round when the piece measures 10 inches.

(5 inches from the center cast on).

42. K1, inc. 1, (P1, K1) 19 times, P1, inc. 1. 168 stitches.

43. (K1, P1) 21 times.

44. K1, inc. 1, (P1, K1) 20 times, P1, inc. 1. 176 stitches.

45. (K1, P1) 22 times.

46. K1, inc. 1, (P1, K1) 21 times, P1, inc. 1. 184 stitches.

47. (K1, P1) 23 times.

48. K1, inc. 1, (P1, K1) 22 times, P1 inc. 1. 192 stitches.

49. (K1, P1) 24 times.

50. K1, inc. 1, (P1, K1) 23 times, P1, inc. 1. 200 stitches.

51. Cast off loosely in purl.

 

 

 

KEY TO CABLES:

 

1/2RK: Hold 1 stitch to the back, K2, K the stitch on the holder.

1/2LK: Hold 2 stitches to the front, K1, K the stitches on the holder.

1/2RP: Hold 1 stitch to the back, K2, P the stitch on the holder.

1/2LP: Hold 2 stitches to the front, P1, K the stitches on the holder.

C4LP: Hold 2 stitches to the front, P2, K the stitches on the holder.

C4RP: Hold 2 stitches to the back, K2, P the stitches on the holder.

C5LP: Hold 2 stitches to the front, P3, K the stitches on the holder.

C5RP: Hold 3 stitches to the back, K2, P the stitches on the holder.

 

 

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