Hello all - What do you think about linking together while we are all separated by covid-19?  

How about a KAS KAL?

What is a KAS KAL?  You ask....... Well........  KAL stands for Knit Along.  It is a time when we are all working in a similar piece of knitting and can ask each other for help, share photos of how we are doing, encourage each other........ and learn how to do some of the KAS patterns as well as using up some of our stash.

I have designed a blanket that we can all work on, one square at a time.  It will be a fun way to learn about Plain Janes, Diagonal Squares, Stripes, Framed Squares and Mitre Squares......all at our own pace, and all explained really simply, with lots of opportunity for anyone to ask for help or clarification as well.

I propose that we start this on May Day and we end it..... when we finish!  

This is suitable for all of us.  That means that some of us, who are

experienced or confident knitters may be able to get through it. 

relatively quickly.  Others who are working from home, juggling

work and kids, or just not very experienced or not very confident

about knitting may want to take a little longer to work through it.    

I hope some of you will feel able to join in - keep your eyes peeled for further information before we start!

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Looking really fabulous - well done indeed!

I love all these colours. Your blanket will be a smasher!

SQUARE NINE

IRISH MOSS STITCH SQUARE

This will build on what was not everyone's favourite, even though it is mine........  I think some of you will find this easier.  
Materials and Equipment
  • Any Double Knit yarn, 100gm 
  • One pair 4mm knitting needles 
  • A row counter may be useful
Instructions

Cast on 39 or 41  stitches. 

Row 1: Knit a stitch, purl a stitch all the way across to the end. Last stitch is a knit stitch
Row 2: Purl a stitch, knit a stitch all the way across to the end.  Last stitch is a purl stitch
At this stage it will look like you are starting a 1x1 rib
Row 3: Purl a stitch, knit a stitch all the way across to the end.  Last stitch is a purl stitch
Row 4: Knit a stitch, purl a stitch all the way across to the end. Last stitch is a knit stitch
Work until the square is 1 inch from the beginning.  Carefully measure on a flat surface to ensure you have the right size - 8 inches.  
If you are only 1 stitch out then ignore that and carry on.
If it is too small, frog it and try again with 41 stitches.  
If it is too large, frog it and try again with 39 stitches.

Continue with the four rows as set.  Work until the square when measured in a flat surface is 8 inches long.  Cast off in pattern.

Very well done - you are almost at the end of the KAS KAL Blanket!!

You will need to make 3 of these squares.

Don't forget that you need to sew in the cast on tail and leave a 20 inch tail at the end - which you will need to butterfly if you are sending this off to South Africa.

Sew in all your ends - unless you are leaving a tail - and take a photo of your lovely squares to share with everyone else!

 

That's a lovely pattern. I love textured stitches......as long as other people knit them!!!

Thank you, Rebecca.  It will be nice to finish this blanket, but I'm almost sad it's over.  We've created some lovely warm blankets and I've really enjoyed working along with my creative KAS sisters :)  Thank you all for sharing your questions and tips and helping me to learn along the way :)

I agree, Valerie.  This is a very pretty stitch pattern.  The texture will give little fingers something to feel and trace ... xo

Hi Rebecca

I'm so glad you put in Picture Frame Squares, I think it is my favourite pattern.

Here are my squares, I hope you like them.  I tried the pink as a Mitred Square, but it looked awful, so pulled it out, much better use in these squares.  I know I only needed to do 3, but early on I only knitted 4 PJ's, so needed to make up a square somewhere.

Sandra

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Sandra,  These squares are fantastic.   I love the contrast borders, and the bright variegated centers.   I'm not usually a big fan of pink, but this really works, and might just win me over.

These are lovely squares - I am glad we have included your favourite!

Here is Sandra's picture.

Thank you for doing that - I did not know how to.

All the work that's been shared here is lovely!!!  The blankets that will be created from this KAL are going to be warm and beautiful, and will make some children happy and very cozy.  

Thank you, Rebecca ... and WELL DONE everyone!!  If you haven't completed all the squares yet, please don't worry.  There is no rush.  As Rebecca told us in the very beginning, we will finish when we finish ... 

I have really enjoyed working each pattern as it came along ... especially since I found myself with more time on my hands than I normally have ;)  So here are my last 3 squares.  The color is actually "Frosty Green" ... not muddy grey :( ... xo


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