St. Patrick’s Day Afghan

Block 7 (August 2000): Robin Myers's Square

This square incorporates three cables, each knit for about 6" in length over a background of four different background stitches.

 

3 Stitch Cable: (multiple of 9 st. plus 3)

Row 1: *p1, k6*, p3.
Row 2 (and all even rows): work the stitches as presented from the previous row.
Row 3: *p3, sl 2 st to cable needle and hold in back of work, k2, k2 from cn*, p3.
Row 5: *p3, k2, sl 2 st to cable needle and hold in front of work, k2, k2 from cn*, p3.

Repeat rows 2-5 for pattern.

Open Cable Stitch: (multiple of 11 plus 3)

Row 1: *p3, k8*, p3.
Row 2, 4, and 6: work stitches as presented from previous row.
Row 3: same as row 1.
Row 5: *p3, sl 2 st onto cable needle and hold in back of work, k2, k2 from cn, sl 2 st onto cable needle and hold in front of work, k2, k2 st from cn, * p3.

Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern.

Twisted Cable Stitch: (multiple of 9 st. plus 3)

Row 1: *p3, k6*, p3.
Row 2 and 4: *k3, p6*, k3.
Row 3: *p3, k6*, p3.
Row 5: *p3, sl 3 st onto cable needle and hold to back of work, k3, k3 from cn*, p3.

Repeat rows 2-5 for pattern.

 

 

Background Stitches
The background is divided into 4 quadrants:

Lower left quadrant:
Honeycomb: (multiple of 4 st)
Row 1: *C2F, C2B* repeat to end.
Row 2: work stitches as they are presented.
Row 3: *C2B, C2F*, repeat to end.
Row 4: work stitches as they are presented.

Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern.
Note: C2B - slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in back of work, k1, k1 from cable needle.
C2F - slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in front of work k1, k1 from cable needle.
Use cable needle, do not twist stitches.

Lower right quadrant
Double Moss Stitch: (multiple of 2 st)
Row 1: *k1, p1*, repeat across.
Row 2: work stitches as they are presented from the previous row.
Row 3: *p1, k1*, repeat across.
Row 4: work stitches as they are presented from the previous row.

Upper left quadrant
Diagonal Rib: (multiple of 4 st)
Row 1: *k2, p2* repeat across.
Row 2: *k1, p2, k1* repeat across.
Row 3: *p2, k2* repeat across.
Row 4: *p1, k2, p1* repeat across.

Note: This is the only pattern in the square where the wrong side rows differ from the front side....pay attention!

Upper right quadrant
Little Squares: (4 st. repeat)
Row 1: *k2, p2*
Row 2: work stitches as presented from previous row.
Row 3: *p2, k2*
Row 4: work stitches as presented from previous row.

General Instructions for the Square:

Cast on 61 stitches and work in seed st. for 1".

Begin pattern, maintaining a 5 st seed st. border on each side of the square (not shown in graph). Changes are highlighted by boldface type. Place markers as you find necessary to assist you in maintaining patterns. Stitch count provided in rows where there are changes.

Set up first pattern row, using Row 1 of all pattern stitches as follows:
5 stitches in seed stitch, 26 stitches in Double Moss stitch, 12 stitches in the Honeycomb stitch, work first row or Three Stitch Cable across the next 9 stitches increasing 3 stitches in this section (to make 12 stitches for the cable), 4 stitches in Honeycomb stitch, 5 stitches in seed st. Total stitches: 54 pattern stitches + 2(5) edge stitches.

Continue in the patterns as established through Row 14. (About 2" of pattern knitting.)
Row 15: 5 stitches seed st, 20 stitches in Double Moss stitch, begin Open Cable stitch, increasing 4 stitches across the next 10 stitches (makes the necessary 14 stitches for this cable), 8 stitches in Honeycomb stitch, 12 stitches of Three Stitch Cable, 4 stitches in Honeycomb Stitch, 5 st. in Seed st. Total stitches: 58 pattern stitches + 2(5) edge stitches.

Continue in the pattern stitches as established through Row 30. (About 4" of pattern knitting.)
Row 31: 5 stitches seed st, 4st. in Double Moss st., begin Twisted Cable Stitch, increasing 2 stitches across the next 10 st. (makes the necessary 12 stitches for this cable), 6 st in Double Moss Stitch, 14 st. in Open Cable St., 8 st. in Honeycomb Stitch, 12 stitches of Three Stitch Cable, 4 stitches in Honeycomb Stitch, 5 st. in Seed st. Total stitches: 60 pattern stitches + 2(5) edge stitches.

Continue in the pattern stitches as established through Row 42. (About 5" of pattern knitting.) At this point the lower quadrant background stitches switch to the upper quadrant background stitches. Please note that the cable pattern stitches are not affected by this transition.
Row 43: 5 stitches seed st, 4 st. in Little Squares stitch, 12 stitches in Twisted Cable Stitch, 6 st. in Little Squares stitch , 14 st. in Open Cable St., 8 st. in Diagonal Rib, 12 stitches of Three Stitch Cable, 4 st. in Diagonal Rib, 5 st. in Seed st. Stitch count is unchanged.

Continue in the pattern stitches as established to Row 54. (About 6.25" of pattern work.) (Please note that this operation takes place on a wrong side row.)
Row 54: 5 st. in seed st., 4 st in Diagonal Rib, decrease 4 stitches (use P2 tog for the decrease) across the next 12 stitches in the Three Stitch Cable section, 8 st. in Diagonal Rib, 14 stiches in Open Cable stitch, 6 st, in Little Squares, 12 st in Twisted Cable st, 4 st. in Little Squares, 5 st. in Seed st. Total Stitches: 56 pattern stitches + 2(5) edge stitches.

Row 55: 5 stitches in Seed St., 4 st. in Little Squares, 12 st. in Twisted Cable, 6 st. in Little Squares, 14 st. in Open Cable, 20 st. in Diagonal Rib (replacing the Three Stitch Cable), 5 st. Seed St.

Continue in pattern as established through Row 72. (About 8" of pattern knitting.)
Row 73: 5 stitches in Seed St., 4 st. in Little Squares, 12 st. in Twisted Cable, 6 st. in Little Squares, decrease 4 st. over the next 14 st. of Open Cable Stitch in the following manner (p2 tog, p1, k2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p1, k2 tog, k2), 20 stitches in Diagonal Rib, 5 st. in Seed St. Total Stitches: 52 pattern stitches + 2(5) edge stitches.

Row 74:(Reverse side row) 5 st. in Seed st., 22 Stitches in Diagonal Rib, 14 stitches in Little Squares, 12 st. in Twisted Cable, 4 st. in Little Squares, 5 st. in Seed St.

Continue in pattern as established until pattern area measures about 10". (To about row 86) In the last reverse side pattern row, decrease 1 stitch at the center of the Twisted Cable stitches by purling 2 tog. Total stitch count: 61 stitches

Work last 1" border in Seed St. on these 61 stitches. Cast off.

 

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