St. Patrick’s Day Afghan

Block 8 (September 2000): Suzanne's September Square

Designed by Suzanne Correira of Fire Ant Ranch

Suzanne's September Square from Fire Ant Ranch 

I did a fairly traditional, straightforward Aran square. I had originally planned on doing something with more of a theme, but.... I also like to work with stitch patterns that look harder than they actually are to work. This one should be an easy one. And if you're one of those people who can cable without a cable needle, this is for you. 

All the stitch patterns came from the Harmony Guide to Knitting, Debra Mountford, editor, Crown/Harmony Books, NYC. 

With the widening of the reverse stockinette areas and the central textured diagonal area, this is easily translated into a sweater front/back pattern. That's what I intend to do with it later. 

My gauge on a worsted weight wool yarn: 5 sts/inch in stockinette on #7 needles (I'm a tight knitter). I believe I used a Brown Sheep yarn. 

Cast on 68 sts, using your preferred cast on. I used a knit on cast on. Use markers (designated by a slash here) to separate pattern areas as follows on the set up row, KNIT all the way across (WS): K2 / K6 / K14 / K24 / K14 / K6 / K2. 

The 2 sts at either edge are ALWAYS knit in garter: knit every row. 

The two 6 st sections are in Folded Cable. 

The two 14 st sections are in Tight Braid. 

The center 24st section is in Textured Diagonals. 

Here are the patterns. 

Folded Cable (multiple of 6sts over 12 rows) 

Rows 1, 3 & 11: Knit across. 
Row 2 and all even rows thru R12: Purl across. 
*Rows 5, 7 & 9: C3R, C3L *C3R: slip 2 sts to cable needle & hold at back, knit 1 from left needle, then knit the two held stitches. *C3L: slip 1 st to cable needle & hold at front, knit 2 from left needle, then the one held stitch. 

Tight Braid (multiple of 10sts + 4 sts over 12 rows)

 *Rows 1, 5 & 9: P2, K2, (C4F)twice, P2 
Row 2 and all even rows thru R12: Purl across. 
**Rows 3, 7 & 11: P2, (C4B)twice, K2, P2 *C4F: slip 2 sts to cable needle & hold at front, knit 2 from left needle, then knit the two held stitches. *C4B: slip 2 sts to cable needle & hold at back, knit 2 from left needle, then knit the two held stitches. 

Textured Diagonals (multiple of 12sts over 12 rows) 

Rows 1, 3, 7 & 9: Knit across. 
Row 2: P4, K6, (P6,K6), P2 
Row 4: (P6, K6) repeat across. 
*Row 5: (K6, C6F) repeat across. 
Row 6: K2, P6, (K6, P6), K4 Row 8: K4, P6, (K6, P6), K2. 
Row 10: (K6, P6) repeat across. 
*Row 11: (C6F, K6) repeat across. 
Row 12: P2, K6, (P6, K6), P4 *C6F: slip 3 sts to cable need & hold at front, knit 3 from left needle, then knit the three held stitches. 

Eight (8) total repeats of the 12 row sequences should comfortably get you the 12 inches. Finish up with a purl row across the right side, then bind off from the wrong side. Block to the proper shape and dimensions.

 

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Copyright 2000 by Suzannne Correira. Patterns in this afghan may be used by individuals for personal use and charity knitting only. It can be distributed to and shared with others as long as it remains fully intact, including this copyright notice. It may not be sold, used to produce items for sale, or used in a compilation or archive of any kind without the expressed written permission of the designer. All rights are expressly reserved by the designer.

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