Last December we learned a stitch using cables that formed a forest of Evergreens. It seemed fitting to celebrate the entrance the holidays with another iconic wintry design—this time using eyelets to form majestic pine boughs. Even though this stitch is a 16 row repeat, once you get the hang of how the rows flow, they can be worked entirely from memory.
In this monthly column we’re going to be working on some exciting new stitch patterns, as well as a few new techniques thrown in for good measure. My intention for our yarn play is to provide all the know-how for you to be able to work the new stitch; any charts, photos, or videos you may need; as well as a pattern to create an 8” x 8” square. As we go along in our looming journey, we should be able to create lovely pieced afghans with our squares, as I like to know that we’re going somewhere while swatching, don’t you? You can think of it as our Stitch Sample Afghan—a stitch dictionary right at your fingertips, keeping your legs warm, lol. 😉 To find all the previous stitches in this column, simply click here.
Little Pines Square
Yarn: approx. 75 yards Worsted Weight (Sample uses Berroco Vintage in Clary)
Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors. (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter, and blocking pins)
It really helps to use a yarn with a high wool content for thoroughly blocking this square to help open up those eyelets and make the bottom edge straight.
To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 18—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.
For flat pieces of a greater size, simply increase the number of Repeating Pattern Rows inside the garter stitch edges for the length and width required, then complete with the Finishing Rows. The border edges may need to also be increased to coordinate with the number of increased Repeating Pattern Rows.
When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.
To work a S2KP (or: s2tog, k1, p2sso), please see the following instructions:
* Keep in mind that these steps are all accomplished on the same three pegs, worked from right to left: 3, 2, 1.
* The instructions in brackets [ ] are simply to break the meaning of the abbreviations down to the simplest knitting terms, with the instructions on how to work them on the loom listed directly after.
- 1. [Slip 2 stitches together as if to knit 2 stitches together]: for this step, move the stitch on peg 1 to peg 2 and carry the yarn behind pegs 1 & 2 to peg 3.
- 2. [Knit 1]: knit the stitch on peg 3. *See Note Below.
- 3. [Pass the 2 slipped stitches one at a time over the stitch just knitted and drop them]: for the this step, move the stitch on peg 3 to peg 2. Lift the 2 loops one at a time over the top loop. **See Note Below.
*Note: Work Step 1 once the yo peg has been reached while working row. After Step 1 is worked, move the same number of sts over to fill in the empty peg that equal the number of purls listed before the yo peg in the pattern/chart. This puts the empty peg for the yo in the correct place for pattern.
**Note: After Step 3 is worked, move the same number of sts over to fill in the empty peg that equal the number of purls listed after the yo peg in the pattern/chart. This puts the empty peg for the yo in the correct place for pattern.
Repeating Pattern Rows
Here are the Repeating Pattern Rows for the stitch itself, based on the chart above:
Row 1: *yo, p3, S2KP, p3, yo, k9, rep from *.
Row 2 and all even Rows: knit all sts.
Row 3: *k1, yo, p2, S2KP, p2, yo, k10, rep from *.
Row 5: *k2, yo, p1, S2KP, p1, yo, k11, rep from *.
Row 7: *k3, yo, S2KP, yo, k12, rep from *.
Row 9: *k9, yo, p3, S2KP, p3, yo, rep from *.
Row 11: *k10, yo, p2, S2KP, p2, yo, k1, rep from *.
Row 13: *k11 yo, p1, S2KP, p1, yo, k2, rep from *.
Row 15: *k12, yo, S2KP, yo, k3, rep from *.
Here is the entire pattern chart for the 8” x 8” square:
Everything you need to know about knitting your square is included in the above chart. Believe it or not, you can actually create your square without looking at another thing! For help with reading charts, please see the Stitchology I post for a detailed explanation, and you’ll be ready to go!
But, don’t worry…I am also providing you with the step by step instructions below. 😉
Step by Step Instructions:
Cast onto your loom from left to right, using a total of 37 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On) For ease of working the pattern, place a marker on pegs 10, 19, and 28. These will be your S2KP pegs.
Rows 1-6: Repeat the following 2 row pattern:
Row a: p37
Row b: k37
Main Pattern Rows
Row 7: p4, k1, yo, p3, S2KP, p3, yo, k9, yo, p3, S2KP, p3, yo, k1, p4.
Row 8 & all even numbered Rows: k37
Row 9: p4, k2, yo, p2, S2KP, p2, yo, k11, yo, p2, S2KP, p2, yo, k2, p4.
Row 11: p4, k3, yo, p1, S2KP, p1, yo, k13, yo, p1, S2KP, p1, yo, k3, p4.
Row 13: p4, k4, yo, S2KP, yo, k15 sts, yo, S2KP, yo, k4, p4.
Row 15: p4, k10, yo, p3, S2KP, p3, yo, k10, p4.
Row 17: p4, k11, yo, p2, S2KP, p2, yo, k11, p4.
Row 21: p4, k13, yo, S2KP, yo, k13, p4.
Rows 23-61: repeat Rows 7-22.
Rows 62-67: Repeat the following 2 row pattern:
Row a: k37
Row b: p37
Bind off all stitches loosely. (Sample uses the Basic Bind Off) Weave in ends and trim close to work.
Block to an 8” x 8” measurement. This square was blocked quite thoroughly to really help the eyelets open and the stitches pop. It was gently washed by hand, left to soak for a while, then the excess water was squeezed out by rolling and pressing the square inside a towel.
If you are intending this square to be part of an afghan, you may wish to make up to 3 or 4 additional squares. We will be sharing at least 24 of these patterns for you to use in your blanket. Use the following general measurements to decide how many of each of the 8″ x 8″ squares you will need, rounding up as
• Baby Blanket: 30″ x 36″
• Children: 42″ x 48″
• Lapghan: 36″ x 48″
• Twin Bed Afghan: 60″ x 85″
• Queen Bed Afghan: 90″ x 95″
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a note for Bethany Dailey below in the comments! 🙂