It’s time for the next block!
“Do The Wave” is a slightly more complex design, but you can do it! It’s just a matter of shifting your color over by one or two stitches at a time.
Looking at the back of the block, you can see that the principle is the same as the first block’s little squares. You’re still twisting your stitches around each other to lock them in place as you pick up your new color and knit.
And speaking of the back side, Amy added a bonus to this square’s video – in addition to demonstrating diagonal intarsia, she also gives tips on weaving in ends.
If you’re not following us on Facebook, you may want to – we’ve had some great color combinations shared there. We also have a Ravelry afghan group going.
We’ll do a check in next week and see how we’re doing. After that, we’re moving on… to basic lace!
It’s Free Pattern Friday!
Today, something adorable! The Little Peep Dress is designed in soft, smooth Little Bird. It’s a sleek, high quality 100% acrylic that knits up easily here on a US Size 3 needle.
Designer Amy Gunderson was inspired by the figures on the Little Bird label to create a cute set of feathered friends suitable for any little chickadee. This is a great warm-weather dress for Spring.
These birds are a classic example of the kind of designs you can make with intarsia. If you’re participating in our afghan knitalong, these would be a great use for your new skills (which we’ll be refining further with our new square on Monday).
Well, we’ve had some interesting developments here in the office! Two of our knitters chose the Uptown Worsted Rocky Shore colors, but they each went their own way with it.
First, let’s look at Jen’s block.
Jen chose 321 Chocolate Brown as her background. Having seen the light background of the Cupcake Parade example, this hadn’t occurred to me to do! It’s certainly a more sophisticated look.
And now Katie’s block.
It’s the exact same colorway, but she reversed the main color and the upper left block from Jen’s choice, making 303 Cream her background. It’s going to be fascinating seeing how these two variations on a theme turn out!
For my colors, I mixed and matched from several options.
The main color is 322 Silver Grey, with accents of 336 Coffee, 302 White Glow, and 331 Sapphire. It was a bit of a nail-biter picking a different group of colors, but I’m pleased so far. I’ve got another color to add in for the next block.
Of course the back side of all of our blocks is a bit of a nest.
Not to worry, though. Amy’s got a video coming up with tips on weaving in ends.
Want to join us? You can click here for a link to the first block pattern. Stop back by the afghan topic on our blog or check in on our Ravelry knitalong group to stay up to date. We’ll see you next week with the second intarsia square!
And away we go!
Amy Gunderson starts off our knitalong with a geometric square called “Cubed.” You can get the pattern at this link. It takes our “don’t be a square” theme and turns it on its head with squares within a square.
This square is a great basic introduction to intarsia, a method of working blocks of color without carrying your yarn over long stretches across the back of your work. We’ve put together a video tutorial to further explain.
Our next square in two weeks will be slightly more advanced intarsia (but only slightly!) and will also feature a video. Amy will also take us through some great methods for weaving in ends.
We’re casting on here at at the office and are already enjoying seeing how each others’ colors are working up! Feel free to share your own work here, or on Facebook or in our Ravelry afghan group.
Let’s get going!