KAL 3 – Stage 3 Part 2
Good morning knitters. It is a cool, overcast morning here as we continue to ready ourselves for the real arrival of spring. I know the green is out there, waiting for just a bit of rain and sunshine to leap out and give us a visual hug.
If you are working on Option B of Stage 3, here are your next steps:
After knitting the 6 rows of Seed Stitch Band with Basketweave effect, do this:
1. Work Rows 7 through 12 of Stage 2.
2. Work Rows 1 through 12 of Stage 2.
3. Work Rows 1 through 6 of Stage 2.
That will be a total of 24 rows of Stage 2.
Now you will work the Seed Stitch Band with Basketweave Effect, but slightly differently than you did the first time. This is because on the first seed stitch band, the SD ST band went over cable 1, under cable 2, over cable 3, under cable 4, and over cable 5. Now it needs to go under cable 1, over cable 2, under cable 3, etc. so that the basketweave effect alternates properly, as a basketweave should.
So here is what you do for the second band:
Note: Any mistakes that have been discovered in the original write-up of these instructions will be corrected in red italics.
BB1: SD ST across first 13 stitches, (P3, K4 MB, K4, P3, SD ST across next 85 stitches) twice, P3, K4 MB, K4, P3, SD ST over across next 13 stitches.
BB2: SD ST across first 13 stitches, (K3, P9, K3, SD ST across next 85 stitches) twice, K3, P9, K3, SD ST over across next 13 stitches.
BB3: SD ST across first 13 stitches, (P3, K9, P3, SD ST across next 85 stitches) twice, P3, K9, P3, SD ST over across next 13 stitches.
BB4 & 5: Repeat BB2 and BB3 once more.
BB6: Repeat BB2.
Following this band you will do a full repeat of Stage 2, so that will be Rows 1 through 12 worked twice.
To proceed with the blanket, repeat all of the steps I have given you for Stage 3 Parts 1 and 2 until the blanket is the size you want it to be (excluding the final 2.5″ seed stitch border. End off by repeating the 2.5″ seed stitch border. Weave in all yarn ends with a tapestry needle. Secure ends and trim excess.
I will decide once I am at that point whether or not I want to add any embellishments in contrasting colors, or whatever I might be inspired to do.
Meanwhile, I hope everyone will stay in touch here with comments and share photos via Ravelry, your personal blog, or Flickr. I will continue to participate in the conversation as well. And, I really look forward to seeing your photos. Don’t forget, have a cuppa something close at hand while you knit and keep picturing the loveliness of knitting with friends in a quaint cottage by the river as spring brings light showers, the new yellow-green of fresh growth and the promise of many flowers to come.
I originally thought that about 1,300 to 1,400 yards of worsted weight yarn would be enough for this blanket but as I see the first cone I am working from diminishing quicker than I thought it would, I am not so certain now. After you have used up 600 yards of the yarn you are using you might need to take a look at the size of your blanket and do a little math to figure out if you want to buy more yarn or not. At that point, if you need help with the math at all, comment to me.