Still doing some piecework for the uKNITe project of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Instead of doing two posts, I thought I would do a single post with both pieces that I recently finished. These pieces will be added to others to be made into a blanket that will be donate to charity.
The first of these two pieces was made using a Bernat Softee Baby chunky yarn which was a combination of blues, gray, and brown called Jivin’ Jack Variegate and an L hook. The stitch as #176 which consists of shells made on an angle.
Here is some of the yarn:
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain in hook, sc across (29 sc)
Row 2: ch1, (sc, ch2, 4dc) in first sc, * skip 3 dc, (sc, ch2, 4dc) in the next sc; repeat from * across. When you are 4 sc from the end of the row, you will skip the last 3 sc (it will make sense while you are doing it), sc in last sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc in the sc, *skip the series of dc’s to the ch2 space (sc, ch2, 4dc) in the ch2 space; repeat from * across the row; when you get to the final ch2 space, sc in the ch2 space and turn.
Repeat Row 3 for the pattern.
I did this until the piece was about 12 inches high.
To square it off, you need to add a row that will level off the shells. After the final turn, ch3, 3 dc in next st; *sc in the ch2 space, 3dc in the st between the two shells; repeat from * end with sc in final dc. turn
Last row: ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off.
Here is that final piece.
This pattern requires a 3-dc puff stitch. To make this stitch, you start to make 3 dcs but you only partially complete them and then you finish with the last stitch. Technically, this stitch is made as follows:
(yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st, yo, draw through ONLY 2 loops on hook) – do this 3 times in total, then yo and draw yarn through all 4 loops on the hook.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch of hook, sc across (49 sc)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip first sc, 3-dc puff stitch in next sc, *ch1, skip sc, 3-dc puff in next sc, repeat from * until end. After making the final puff stitch, do not ch1, end with dc in final sc. turn
Row 3: ch 1, sc in each puff st and in each ch1 stitch across (if you forgot to add a ch-1 between any two puff st, you could just add the sc in this row if you do not want to pull out the entire row to fix the oversight). turn
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for the pattern.
For a 12 inch square, I ended up with 18 rows of puff stitches. Be sure to end with Row 3.
Here is the final piece.