Monday, July 29, 2013

Royal Baby KAL/CAL- Square #5

Thanks for joining us for Week 5 of the Royal Baby KAL/CAL!  As many of you may know, the Royal Baby, George Alexander Louis, is here and we can officially say, "it's a boy"!  We still think both of our Royal Baby colors are beautiful, though, and hope you are enjoying working with them as well!


Knit Square: The week 5 knit square features a traditional English Mesh Lace pattern in honor of the arrival of the Royal Baby Boy!


Knit Square #5

Materials:
-100 yds of Worsted Weight yarn
-US 7 knitting needles
-darning needle
-2 stitch markers

Gauge:
17 sts = 4" in garter stitch

Directions:

CO 47 sts

Knit every row for 6 rows

On last row, place stitch markers as follows:
             -K5, pm, K to last 5 sts, pm, K5

Set up row (WS):

K5, P to last 5 sts, K5

Begin working English Mesh Lace pattern as follows:


English Mesh Lace 

(Worked over a multiple of 6 sts + 1 with a 5 stitch border on each side):

Knit Square close-up

Row 1 [RS]: K6, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to marker, K5.

Even-Numbered Rows 2-8 [WS]: K5, P to last 5 sts, K5.

Row 3 [RS]: K6, *yo, k1, SK2P, k1, yo, k1; repeat from * to marker, K5.

Row 5 [RS]: K6, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; repeat from * to marker, K5.

Row 7 [RS]: K5, k2tog, *(k1, yo) twice, k1, SK2P; repeat from * to 5 sts before marker, [k1, yo] twice, k1, ssk, K5.

Repeat Rows 1–8 for English Mesh Lace pattern 6 more times (a total of 7 times).

**If you prefer to work lace from a chart, here is a link to the one I used from this Knitty Pattern. It should work just fine but please note the additional instructions I provided above.

Finishing:

Knit 6 rows

BO all sts.

Block to 10"x10" measurement.


Crochet Square:


Materials:
Week 5 Crochet Square
Size H/8 crochet hook
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
9 tr sts and 6 rows = 4"




Stitches:
-ch (chain):  Yarn over hook, pull through loop on hook.
-slip stitch (sl st): Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over hook, pull through both loops on hook.
 -dc (double crochet): Yarn over hook, insert hook under both loops of next stitch, yarn over hook and draw loop through stitch; yarn over hook and pull through two loops on hook; yarn over hook again and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook.
-tr (treble crochet):  Yarn over hook twice, insert hook under both loops of next stitch, yarn over hook and draw loop through stitch; [yarn over hook and pull through two loops on hook] 3 times.
 -tbl (through back loop): Work in back loop of stitch only.


Directions:

Row 1 (WS): With size H/8 crochet hook, ch 40.  Tr in 4th ch from hook; *ch 1, skip 1 ch, tr in next ch; repeat from * across.  Turn.

Week 5 Crochet Square Detail
Row 2 (RS): Ch 3; tr in 1st ch-1 st from row below; *ch 1, skip 1 st, tr in next st; repeat from *across.  (Your treble crochet sts in each row should fall in between the treble crochet st from the last row).

Repeat row 2 until piece measures approximately 8" by 8".  Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.


Border:  Rejoin yarn to work with right side facing and work border as follows, working corners as described in note below:

Border Row 1: sc in each stitch all the way around work. 

*Work corners as follows: work in pattern to corner stitch, ch 1, work pattern stitch in corner stitch, ch 1, work pattern stitch in next stitch and following stitches, to next corner stitch.



Border Row 2: tr tbl in each stitch all the way around work. 


*Work corners as follows: work in pattern to corner stitch, ch 2, work pattern stitch in corner stitch, ch 2, work pattern stitch in next stitch and following stitches, to next corner stitch.

After working border rows, fasten off yarn and weave in end.  If needed, block gently to 10” by 10” dimensions.

Feel free to join in the Ravelry discussion board under the Jimmy Beans Wool Ravelry group and let us know how your squares are coming along!

~Kristen and Heather

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