A log cabin, of course… If you’re a quilter, you’re now thinking I’ve taken leave of my senses, because Log Cabin is a well-known quilt pattern, that allows the using up of scraps. (I love quilts, and proudly have two, made by my grandmothers, in the living room).
However, it’s also a knitting technic, developed by someone or other – lots of people claim it as theirs, but it’s so widely known, I have no desire to say who came up with it! The general idea is simple: knit a garter stitch square (or rectangle – however you shape this first piece will dictate the shape of the rest of the blanket). Cast off all but one stitch, turn the work 90 degrees, and knit up along the side of the square with a new colour. Knit (garter stitch) for x ridges, ending back at the corner where you began with the new colour. Cast off that colour to the last stitch, do not cast off, turn, add new colour, knit up along the side, knit X ridges (the same number each time) ad infinitum. (There are lots of patterns out there, if you want a better detailed explanation – look here among other places).
I’m making one to use up the bits and pieces of DK I have in baby sorts of colours – and also because I have a shed load of marking due at the end of the week and I need something fairly mindless to keep my hands busy then – I figure by that time, the blanket will be big enough that I will have LONG rows of garter stitch to do!
In this picture, you can get the idea of how it works, I hope. I’ve done these before, when I needed to a. use up wool, and b. have something mindless to knit. I’ve given away a number of these blankets – being entirely in garter stitch, they are lovely and soft and warm. (I also have one downstairs, for keeping warm while watching TV and knitting!).
This is one I did some time ago, which I put down to photograph, but of course, that couldn’t happen until it had been inspected…. 🙂
Doing the constant adding-in-of-wool means that there are lots of ends. This is annoying – when one has finished something, darning in all those ends takes time! However, it’s possible to make that job a lot easier.
As you knit in the new colour, pass the ends of the wool – both cut ends (old and new colour) OVER the wool that you are using to make a stitch. This is difficult to explain but easy to do – like so many things in life. The pink in this picture is the working wool, the purple is the one I am weaving in. Do this over-the-working-wool every other stitch for as long as the wool lasts. That way, when you come to the end of the work, all you need to do is snip off any little tiny bits that stick out – the rest are already safely woven in!