St. Patrick’s Day Afghan

Block 16 (March 2001): Colorized Cable Square
Designed by Valerie Musselman

The design for this square has it’s origins in a class that Janet Szabo taught at TKGA in Lansing, Mi., Nov. 1999.  It requires 2 colors of yarn.  I used natural colored Aran wool as the main color (MC) and a dark green yarn for the contrasting color (CC).  The contrasting color is worked only across the center pattern area of the square.  The pattern is formed as a slip stitch pattern, making the row gauge rather dense.  This pattern stitch is an excellent way to use up variegated yarns as the CC. 

Note:  Although there are 48 pattern rows, only the MC rows work the seed stitch border.  There is a slight amount of draw in vertically on the borders because of the CC rows.  This is easily blocked out. 

Materials:  Worsted weight yarn in main color.  Contrasting worsted weight yarn for contrasting color. 

Gauge:  26 st. = 4”, 24 rows = 2” in the pattern stitch.

(I used size 5 needles for this square.  My knitting is fairly loose, so you may need a larger needle.)

 

Directions:

Using MC, cast on 62 stitches.  Work 7 rows in seed st. beginning the first row in k1, p1. 

Begin pattern work on right side of piece, increasing 4 stitches evenly across the center 52 pattern stitches in the first pattern row.  Total stitches = 66 stitches. 

Pattern:
Row 1: MC            K1,( p1, k1)2x, knit 56 st., (p1, k1) 2x, p1. (Reminder: increase 4 st. evenly across the center 52 stitches to make 56 pattern stitches on the very first row only.)
Row 2: MC            P1, (k1, p1) 2x, purl 56 st., (k1, p1) 2x, k1.
Row 3: CC             Slip 5 stitches to the right hand needle, with CC (p4, ytb, sl 4)6x, p4, turn work (9 stitches remain on the left hand needle)
Row 4: CC            (K4, ytf , sl 4)6x, k4, (drop CC), sl 5.
Row 5: MC            K1,( p1, k1)2x, (k4, 2/2 LC) 7x, (p1, k1) 2x, p1.
Row 6: MC            P1, (k1, p1) 2x, purl 56 st., (k1, p1) 2x, k1.
Row 7: CC            Slip 5 stitches to the right hand needle, with CC (p4, ytb, sl 4)6x, p4 and turn work (10 stitches remain on the left hand needle)
Row 8: CC            (K4, ytf , sl 4)6x, k4, (drop CC), sl 5. 

Repeat rows 1-8 three times (rows 9-24).

Row 25: MC            K1,( p1, k1)2x, knit 56 st., (p1, k1) 2x, p1.
Row 26: MC            P1, (k1, p1) 2x, purl 56 st., (k1, p1) 2x, k1.
Row 27: CC            Slip 9 stitches to the right hand needle, with CC (p4, ytb, sl 4) 6x, p4, turn work.
Row 28: CC            (K4, ytf, sl 4) 6x, k4, (drop CC), sl 9
Row 29: MC            K1,( p1, k1)2x, (2/2 RC, k4) 7x, (p1, k1) 2x, p1.
Row 30: MC            P1, (k1, p1) 2x, purl 56 st., (k1, p1) 2x, k1.
Row 31: CC             Slip 9 stitches to the right hand needle, with CC (p4, ytb, sl 4) 6x, p4, turn work.
Row 32: CC             (K4, ytf, sl 4) 6x, k4, (drop CC), sl 9

Repeat rows 25-32 three times (rows 33-48) 

This constitutes the 48 row pattern repeat.  The pattern area should measure about 4” in length.

Repeat rows 1-48 one more time, then repeat rows 1-24.  Break off contrasting color.  Knit across for the last pattern row, decreasing 4 stitches evenly across the pattern section.

Work 7 rows in seed st.  Bind off in pattern. 

Abbreviations:

Ytb. – yarn to back of work
Ytf – yarn to front of work.
Sl – slip stitches from left needle to right needle without working them.
2/2 LC – slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work, knit next 2 stitches, knit stitches from cable needle.
2/2 RC – slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back of work, knit next 2 stitches, knit stitches from cable needle.

 

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