Who was it that posted pictures of a knit patchwork afghan lately?

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There were needlework picture and a multicoloured knit afghan done in
pieces.  The pattern was a 'leaf' stitch on a background of reverse
stocking stitch.  The pieces are knit on the bias, and joined so the
leaves radiate from each centre.

I'm doing a similar pattern (only bigger squares, and more leaves per
square) and am wondering how you joined the pieces.  I'm fine getting
the groups of 4 pieces to fit nicely, but end up with gaping hole when
I start to join the sets of 4 together.  Any advice would be
appreciated.

Thanks,

Tara

Re: Who was it that posted pictures of a knit patchwork afghan lately?

Tara D wrote:
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 Well, not me, although I'm doing a similar bedspread in fine ecru
cotton yarn. If there are any holes in the joins, the yarn is fine
enough that they aren't noticable. The project is near the bottom of my
WIP album at the site posted below.

I sew the squares together to form a block of 4 pieces, then sew the
blocks together on the diagonal, using mattress stitch. That's the
stitch where you pick up a thread from each side of the seam, working
from the right side. So the first row consisted of the block in one of
the corners. The next row is 2 blocks, then 3 blocks, etc.
xxxx
xxx
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I probably have about 400 squares to go.

dora
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Thanks, it was yours I remembered (why I thought it was multicoloured
is beyond me).  I'm using the same sewing method you are, so it must
be the thicker yarn (and thusly larger stitches) causing me grief.  

Mine was only 48 squares.  But each square has 9 leaves on.  

It is a nice travel pattern; compact and easy enough to do without
paying attention.

Thanks for the advice,

Tara


Re: Who was it that posted pictures of a knit patchwork afghan lately?

Tara D wrote:
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Yes, I work on that project when I'm travelling as well. It doesn't
give me an excuse to get cranky. I suspect the edging is going to be a
different matter, but that's probably a couple of years away. I have 10
or so squares which I should sew together before I lose them. I found
one at the bottom of my purse the other day.

I would like to add that as I'm sewing, I'll take an extra stitch to
pull the blocks together nice and tight in the corners, but even so
there is a tiny gap.
Dora


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Thanks Dora.

I guess I was just wondering if you were joining them using anything
different (like a crochet chain).

I stitched two "4piece" squares together last night, and they came out
much better. The difference, I used the end thread, and stitched tip
to tip.  The last time I had used the join thread and worked from the
middle out.  It's livable now; before I could put my big toe through
the gap.

Thanks again for your insight, it's looking good.

Tara

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I have done an afghan similar to what you describe and when sewing the four
block pieces together, used a cross stitch in the corners where four, four
square pieces came together.  I nearly had the afghan done when my DD asked
if I could make it for a king sized bed.  Had to scramble to try to match
the dye lot and buy more yarn.  It came out very nice, but so large and
heavy.  She still uses it at the foot of her bed.   Clarice in AZ
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The first time I did it, the stitches were pretty closed up, but
pulled other areas which created the holes.  Somehow, by changing the
starting point of the joining has changed the tension on the join
making it less obvious.

It's a great pattern, pretty mindless once you get the second set of
leaves started.  Yet it looks so complicated to those that don't knit.
Most folks couldn't believe how much I wasn't looking at the knitting
itself, let alone the pattern.

It's called cascading leaves and it's free pattern at
www.lionbrand.com  (you now have to register to see the free
patterns).

Tara

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