Freitag, 31. März 2023

Aunt Dahlia

Knitting experiments are fun. You can try what's possible with a range of techniques. So, after knitting my Garter Stitch Snowflake, I wanted to try something similar with a contrasting color to contour the petals. 

This doily (placemat, potholder ...) consists of 60 short-row diamonds that stack up to be triangles which in turn form a (slightly angular) circle – or a spiky hexagon. It starts with a provisional cast on and is finished by grafting in garter stitch. It is quite fiddly and not a beginner pattern

This knitting pattern is available via

The pattern PDF contains 

  • written row-by-row instructions for knitting this piece – including 8 in-process photos
  • an explanation (plus schematic) of the construction, i.e. how the diamonds stack up to create the whole piece
  • chart(s) of one diamond
  • short photo tutorials for the following techniques
    • provisional CO with a crochet hook and undoing it
    • grafting in garter stitch
    • short rows with wrap and turn and picking up the wraps 
    • crochet CO (at the edge of a knitted piece)
    • weaving in yarn while carrying it (backwards and forwards)

To knit this piece you need the following materials:
  • Sports weight yarn 
    • 120 metres in MC (main colour)
    • 50 metres in CC (contour colour)
  • 2.5 mm knitting needles 
  • a crochet hook of a similar size (I used a 2.5mm hook)  
  • scrap yarn
  • a tapestry needle – for grafting and to weave in ends
The finished piece knitted in Sports weight yarn measures 30 - 33 cm in diameter.
Another one knitted in Lace weight yarn measured 26 - 29 cm in diameter.

Wrong side of the piece

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