27 February 2010

Deco Columns Thow

This throw is large and soft and can be made any size to suit with a flexible 6 row repeat. The model is 50" x 62" knit with James Brett Marble Chunky…big, fluffy and soft..

Experience Level: Easy
Materials: - 1500 - 1700 yds Bulky Weight Yarn (You can vary this based on the size you want to make.
- US 10 1/2 (11 can be used for a bit loser knit)






Abbreviations:
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit 
M1: make one.  Knit one stitch from the row below to increase.
p: purl
RS: right side
sp2p: slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in back to the right-hand needle; bring yarn forward to purl 2 together; pass slipped stitch over 2 stitches purled together. 
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side
 
Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 15+ 8)
Row 1 (RS): K3, p2 *m1, k3, p2, sp2p, p2, k3, m1, p2*; repeat between ** to last three sts, k3.
Row 2 (WS): (k5, p4)2x, *k2, p4, k5, p4*; repeat between ** to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 3:  K3, p2, *m1, k4, p1, sp2p, p1, k4, m1, p2*; repeat between** to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4: K5, p5, k3, p5 *k2, p5, k3, p5*; repeat between ** to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 5:  K3, p2, *m1, k5, sp2p, k5, m1, p2*; repeat between ** to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 6:  K5, p6, k1, p6, *k2, p6, k1, p6*; repeat between ** to last 5 sts, k5.
Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern.


Instructions:
CO 188 sts. Knit 4 rows. Work in pattern stitch to desired length ending with row 5. Knit 3 rows. Bind off loosely (RS).

62 comments:

alltogetherart said...

This is really nice. I like the ombre(?) yarn; the color changes don't overwhelm the pattern stitch.

Christina said...

Thank you.

Gammyliz said...

Beautiful! What color did you use?

Christina said...
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Christina said...

Thank you. I used 05-seashell.

Anonymous said...

m1: Are you putting the left needle into front or back of stitch below? Also, after picking up stitch below, are you knitting into the front or back loop of picked-up stitch? Sorry to be so dense, but I haven't had much experience with m1. Thanks. Very nice pattern, by the way.

Christina said...

This is a little hard to describe. You can pick up the stitch anyway and then you just have to look at the stitch to make sure it's on the needle with the right half in front of the left needle. Then you would just knit like normal. If the stitch is twisted (the right loop is behind the needle) you would knit through the back loop. You can also just knit two into one stitch front and back to make the increase. Hope this helps. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I come up with one extra stitch on the odd rows than the even rows. Can you help me with this?

Christina said...

Hi there. I've double checked all the stitch counts and they are fine. Without watching you do this I'm not sure what is up. I suspect you're making an extra stitch, but not sure where.

Anonymous said...

I just can't seem to get this pattern straight. It says to cast on multiples of 15 plus 8. So the repeat should be 15 stitches but in the odd rows there are 17 stitches in the repeat. I am using 143 stitches (9x15+8). The pattern just does not come out right.

Anonymous said...

Maybe my problem is with the M1. My understanding of M1 is an increase, so when I M1 I am getting 2 stitches out of it, knitting 1 and making 1. This may be where my problem is.

Christina said...

That is exactly your issue. M1 means you are adding only 1 stitch, whether you choose to do that in one of the other stitches (knit in the front and back of a stitch) or from the row below (pick up a loop from the stitch in the row below), the result is the same. You're making two from one. In this pattern it looks better to pick up a stitch from the row below, which means you are adding one stitch. If it is easier for you to knit into the front and back of a stitch then you may do that one the first stitch in the sequence following or preceding the M! in the pattern. Either way M1 means you are only adding one stitch. Hope this helps.

Gracen said...

If you want to make a good size baby blanket, how many stitches would you cast on and how wide and long would you suggest to make it? It looks warm and cuddly!
Thank you

Christina said...

Hi Gracen...It would depend on your gauge. What size yarn would you be knitting with? I would probably make it at least 40 x 40. So figure out your gauge for 4" and multiply by 10 for stitches. Then just ease by adding or subtracting a few stitches to get the amount needed for the repeats and border. Hope this helps.

Gracen said...

Thank you for the quick reply. The Gauge is
4x4inch= 14 stitches across and 20 rows,but I still don't know how many stitches I should put on.
Thank you for your kindness in helping me out.

Gracen said...

Sorry. My Yarn size is bulky . Would lion brand yarn, homespun bulky work ?
Thank you!

Christina said...

I think I would cast on 143 stitches. I'm not familiar with the homespun bulky, but if this is your gauge with that yarn it should work just fine. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I love this pattern. I have already started. I am wondering about SP2P, sorry I am new to this stitch, Do I bring the yarn to the purl position (in front) before I slip the stitch, or after I slip the stitch and before I purl 2 together? I may knit differently, but my yarn is in the back to knit and in front to purl. I just don't when to position for the SP2P.

Christina said...

Thank you. I slip the stitch with my yarn in back, then bring it to the front for the purl. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!
So sorry to bother you again, but are all WS rows knitting in the Row 2 stitches??

Christina said...

You're welcome. The even rows are all wrong side rows. Just follow along with the row numbers. Nothing is repeated.

Anonymous said...

Thank you again! That clears up a lot of my confusion! I've only knitted one other pattern that did not have a set Ws pattern, such as knit all ws stitches, and that was a reversible shawl.

Pam Wright said...

I have tried this pattern 3 times exactly as you have described and just for the first row there are not enough stitches to complete the pattern to the end. It is short by 4 stitches. You need to cast on 192 stitches not 188. I'm going to try that now and see if it works.

Christina said...

Hi Pam, I'm sorry you're having problems. I re-knit a repeat of this last night to double check myself and it is correct as written. Are you doing the sp2p by slipping one stitch, purling two together and passing the slipped stitch over? Are you making one one the M1? Remember that when you're counting the stitches in the repeat, the M1 doesn't count in the row it's made. Please let me know if you would like to talk further. Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Hello!
I'm hoping to knit this beautiful blanket in long stripes. i.e. knit one pattern repeat in one colour, then another etc and then join.
I'm having huge problems working out the stitch count on the WRs as there seem to be many more stitches. On all the odd rows (RS) there are 23 stitches. On all the even rows, there are 43 stitches. Should I just knit the pattern for 23 stitches and ignore the rest? Please help!


Christina said...

Hi there. I think it would look great in stripes. The repeats are all 15 sts right side and wrong side. However, in order to line up the columns there are some variations at the beginnings of the rows. I think if you knit a repeat or two with solid colour yarn over less stitches, you'll see the pattern. It's just to keep everything lined up. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.

Linda Ayling said...

HiChristina
Thank you for this gorgeous pattern. I have been looking for months for the perfect pattern and I've finally found it here. I do have a question about the M1 increase. I've knitted increases that lifts the strand between the stitches and has a choice of a left or right slant. Is this similar? Again, thanks for the beautiful pattern. Linda

Christina said...

Thank you, Linda. For this pattern I just knit in the front and back of the stitch to make the increase. There is no special need for the slant in this one like there would be for a raglan sleeve. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

Lilacrosesandthemoon said...

This blanket is beautiful. The color the pattern it's just so nice. I want to thank you for sharing all your difficult work with us at no cost. Thank you. Since I have a new grandson on the way in a few months (my only grandson ) I will try this blanket in the same yarn or at least a similar yarn it's so nice for boy. Thanks again.

Christina said...

Thank you for your kind words. Enjoy the knitting.....

Lauren said...
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Lauren said...

Hey Christina!!

I love this throw - it looks gorgeous. I ordered the yarn online and I'm waiting for it to arrive so that I can start. In the meanwhile, I am using another ball of yarn to practice the stitches (I am very new to knitting). I had 2 questions though:

1) When you say CO 188 stitches... did all of those fit on one needle or did you need to make the throw in segments?

2) When I do the m1 stitch.. the following 4-5 stitches are very tight. Do you have any tricks or suggestions? Should I be making very loose stitches when I cast on?

Thanks! - Lauren

Christina said...

Hi Lauren....thank you and happy knitting. I cast on 188 stitches on a circular knitting needle. You'll want one at least 29" long. For the M1, you can knit a new stitch from the row below or you can knit two in the next stitch on your needle. (knit one in the front loop like usual, then knit one through the back loop). Hope this helps. Your next stitches should not be tight at all.

Lauren said...

Thanks! That was helpful. I have one last question - when you knit the first 4 rows after casting on or the last 3 rows when finishing... are you only using the knit stitch? Or are you changing in between knit and purl stitch on the rows?

Thank you!! My practice throw is looking really good so far! I just want it to be perfect :)

Christina said...

Lauren, the beginning and end are garter stitch which is knit every row. Good idea to make a practice throw...will help when you get the larger started. Happy knitting!

Kittie said...

Dear Christine, Thanks for this pattern. It is very pretty. I started knitting it but do not understand the following:
Row 2 (WS): (k5, p4)2x
What does this mean?
Look forward to hearing from you.
Note : I am a beginner.
BH

Anonymous said...

Have a question rather than a comment - have not worked with James Brett Marble Chunky before. Am I correct that it will only take five bundles of that particular yarn to make this beautiful throw? Certainly don't want to run out half way through the project and then learn the yarn has been discontinued. I worked up a sample today in some scrap yarn and I love it - can't wait to start on the real thing. Thanks!

Christina said...

Hi there.....I have used this yarn for many of my throws (it washes beautifully which is good for many gifts). I have never used more than 5 and I make mine large.

Glad you are enjoying the knit...thank you.

Christina said...

Hi Kittie....the row you are referring to translates to (knit 5 then purl 4) 2 times or twice. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

Patti G. said...

Thank you Christina! Will get the yarn ordered and get started. I appreciate your quick response.

Patti

Patti G. said...

Hi Christina,

In working up a sample yesterday, I nearly drove myself insane trying to do the make 1 stitch by knitting into the front and back of the same stitch - I kept coming up short at the end of the row! Around 3AM, the light bulb went off and I realized that I was using up one of the sets of stitches and throwing the pattern off. In other words, if the instructions say purl 2, make 1, knit 4, I was not counting the first stitch of the knit 4, but knitting into the front and back and then continuing to knit another four stitches! So, given the above scenario, it would actually be purl 2, make 1, knit 3, right?. I'm wondering if this may be one thing that is throwing some other new knitters off.
Haven't had time to test my theory, so if I'm wrong, trust you will simply not post this comment.
Thanks! Patti G. Yarn ordered today - I'm so excited to start working on the actual project.

Christina said...

Hi Patti...thanks for the info...could be what is confusing. M1 means to make a stitch from the row below. You're picking up and knitting a loop from the row below. You can certainly do a KFB by knitting in the front and back of the next stitch, but as you say you will have to do the alteration to get the count right. Hope you enjoy the knitting. Thanks for posting this info in case others are trying to use the KFB as well.

Tessa said...

Hi Christina. Thank you so much for awesome pattern. The only problem I have is printing it. It is for private use only. As soon as I print the pattern there are three squares with messages that prints over your 'Row 2 up to Row 6. I want to print it so that I can sit and knit in bed. Hope you can help me? Kind REgards

Christina said...

Hi Tessa...the best way is to copy and paste it into a Word document. I don't have a way to create the PDFs but I'm working on it.

Enjoy the knitting of it!

KT said...

Hi Christina...I'm about to start this project using double strand of worsted weight (2 colors). The swatch looked great! I read through all comments and have a question. In one response, you say that this pattern looks better to pick up a stitch from the row below, and in another you say that for this pattern, you just KFB. Seriously :-) which do you recommend for this pattern? Can do either. Thanks for sharing your patterns with us!

Christina said...

I did and would do what the pattern says. In the case where I said she could also kfb she was a knitter who doesn't have much knitting experience, especially with making one from the row below and she couldn't see it. In that case I said she could kfb to make it easier. It is often very difficult to explain something in a post so I try to help. I hope this helps you. Enjoy the knitting!

KT said...

Yes, of course...do what the pattern says! OK, one last question. Are you picking up the bar in between stitches on the row below and knitting it for the increase or actually knitting into the stitch below the one on the left needle?

KT said...

I realized from a response you made to an early question that you really do mean to knit into the stitch below and not do a bar increase. Got it! Back to knitting now....

Lizz said...

Beautiful pattern. I've found that when it doesn't end up right, I've done something wrong in the row; the pattern IS correct as it is written. I do have a question, though...I seem to be getting a gap alongside my vertical rows that isn't visible in your photos. Is that supposed to be there, or am I doing something wrong? It's uniform alongside all of those rows.

Christina said...

Hi Lizz...thank you. I'm not sure about the gap but it may be between your purl and knit stitches. That does happen sometimes depending on how your knitting and how you move your yarn. I did knit up a little swatch and didn't see anything drastic, but that is my guess.

Lizz said...

Okay, thank you. If there's not supposed to be an "eyelet" column alongside the knit-two column, I'll figure out what's wrong before I start my "real" blanket!

stylishcorpse.com said...

Lovely throw! I have a male friend who will be getting one of these for a Xmas present. We'll see how it works up with 2 strands of worsted held together to fake the bulky -- mostly because I have some variegated yarn I really want to use for this.

Thanks for sharing!

Christina said...

Thank you. Enjoy the knitting of it!!!

Ama said...

I've just finished this throw and its gorgeous. I used James Brett Lakeland which gives same tension and yardage. It worked out exactly as pattern. Thank you so much.

Christina said...

Thank you for your kind words. Let me know if you post on Ravelry so I may see it.

LindaLu said...

Christina -

I love this pattern I would like to use some worsted weight 2 strands together as this looks like it would work well with 2 colors and I am having trouble finding a pattern I like that will show off a nice pattern in my colors (Burgandy and gray). Problem - Can I do this and what size needle would you recommend. I am fairly new at knitting and know nothing about changing out yarns and needles. Thanks for your help.

Christina said...

Hi LindaLu....I think you could certainly hold two strands of worsted together and use the same needle....10 1/2. Enjoy!!

lemonmelonn said...

I read all of the comments, and that helped a lot, because I, too, got confused with the m1. I was counting it as one of the knits after the increase. I'm very glad I did a practice swatch. Really fun to knit once you get going. I'm using Canon Jumbo--3 skeins--in Peacock, and it's really soft and machine washable too. I'm looking forward to having this on my couch, with me under it, by January--I'm in Nebraska in a drafty house. Thanks for being so helpful and patient in these comments.

Christina said...

So glad you enjoyed the knitting and pattern. Now you get to enjoy the comfort. Have a great fall!

Bernadette said...

This is a beautiful pattern and all the comments and questions are really helpful so I feel quite confident about knitting it. Thank you for the pattern and all the helpful comments and answers.

Christina said...

Thank you, Bernadette. Enjoy the knitting!

Bernadette said...

This is a beautiful pattern and my tip to keep track of it is to place a stitch marker after every repeat all along the first pattern row. That breaks the rows up into blocks of 15 stitches and avoids confusion as you carry on knitting. Note that the first and last markers will include the extra stitches at the beginning and end of the row.
Any error usually show up at the end of the relevant block of 15 stitches rather than at the end of the row. I hope that helps. It certainly helps me. Just make sure the markers are all placed correctly at the start,