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Planning your knit or crochet blanket layout

I am currently obsessed with designing and knitting blanket squares, from tiny bias garter stitch squares to large lace and cables squares that is all I want to create at the moment.

With the weather starting to warm up here in the UK I’m also thinking about smaller, lightweight projects that are great for the summer months and I think that blanket squares are the perfect portable project to take out with you to the beach or anywhere you go with your knitting.

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So my obsession with blanket squares led me to thinking about how you plan out your finished blanket. If you blanket square are going to be all the same colour and design then this is not an issue, but if you are planning a multi-coloured blanket or one with many different squares then you need to consider how the final blanket will look.

My answer to this is usually to draw out a grid with the final number of blanket squares then start colouring the squares in until I get a layout I love, then I thought wouldn’t it be easier if I had a selection of grids ready so that I can just print them out whenever I need them then start colouring away.

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And so I made a small booklet of different sized grids for planning out your blanket, this PDF features seven different sized grids from 6×6 up to 16×16 and you can download your free copy by clicking on the pdf link below.

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These grids of course work for both knitting or crochet, I will in the near future create another booklet of grids for larger sized blankets, so if you have any specific requests for a certain size please let me know in the comments.

New Patterns: Tiny and Little Emperor

Baby creatures are cute, but baby emperor penguins are the cutest!

These two new sweaters both feature these super cute baby penguins on the front, knit in bulky weight yarn they are also super quick to complete.

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The Tiny Emperor is sized from toddler up to teen and the Little Emperor is sized from adult XS up to 4X so you could make one for every member of your family!

Until the end of April 21st you can get a 25% discount on either or both of these pattern, click here for more details.

 

Intarsia tutorial – it’s more fun than you think!

I love creating pictures with my knitting, whether it’s with the use of texture or stranded colourwork motifs but also with intarsia.  For some reason so many knitters have a serious aversion to intarsia, I think it’s possibly the thought of having to work with 20 different yarns at once that puts people off.

I really want to show you that intarsia can be fun, especially with simple designs that don’t require you to be working with numerous little balls of yarn at once, and I hope that this tutorial will help change some minds about intarsia.

This is the simple chart that I will be using throughout this tutorial:

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As you can see there are only two colours in this design, but there is more than one ‘section’ of each of the colours.  A section is a separate area of colour, each section will need a separate ball (or bobbin) of yarn, before starting you will need to work out how many balls of yarn you will need to wind.

In the first part of the design there is 3 sections; 2 main colour and 1 contrast colour:

lowerarrow-chartIn the second part there is 5 sections; 3 main colour and 2 contrast colour:

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So in total you will need 3 small balls of main colour yarn and 2 small balls of contrast colour yarn.

Start knitting:

Having already worked 2 rows in MC (main colour) on row 3 you will K4 in MC, then join your first ball of CC (contrast colour) and K12 in CC, then join a 2nd ball of MC and K to the end of the row.

When you get to row 11 you will continue using the balls of yarn that you’re already working with but also add in two more.  So K4 with current MC, K4 with current CC, join another MC ball and K4, join another CC and K4, then K to end with existing MC.

Changing to the next colour:

When you get to the point on a row where you change to the next colour it is important to remember to twist the two colour threads so as to not leave a hole in your knitting.

On a RS (knit) row bring the next colour yarn tail under the current yarn tail and then knit the next stitch.

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On a WS (purl) row again you bring the next colour yarn tail under the current colour yarn tail before purling the next stitch.

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By always bringing the next yarn under and around you are twisting the two colours and there will be no gaps in your knitting, the back of your knitting should look something like this:

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There will be a few ends to weave in, but apart from that I think intarsia is quite painless. If you are now feeling super confident about this technique I have a new pattern coming out in the next couple of days which has a fun intarsia motif and is super cute.

Welcome to Verily Claire

After an 18 month hiatus I’ve returned to the blogging world with a brand new name and website. Verily Claire is all about my adventures in knitting (and other crafts); as well as featuring my knitting patterns I will be focusing on useful tutorials, fun projects and some helpful advice.

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But it won’t be all about knitting, one of the reasons I decided to change my website name to Verily Claire from Verily Knits is because I want to feature other crafts, other people and other fun ideas.

So please do come and follow me on my crafting adventure, there’ll be lots of yarn, possibly some glue, almost definitely some cake and hopefully plenty of fun too.

This website is still partly under construction, but over the coming weeks I will be adding pages for all of my knitting patterns and a place for my previously published tutorials.