Thursday, December 20, 2012

Patterns by ChemKnits - the Site Upgrade Continues

Back in April, I started upgrading the ChemKnits blog.  One thing that remained of the old design is the wonderful Free Patterns by ChemKnits button my husband, Keith, designed for me.

The colors matched the old background and color scheme, and do not go quite as well with my new knit logo.  I therefore felt it was time to upgrade this button by knitting a new one, which I started testing at the end of November. 

Here is the pattern that I followed to create the new button. Do I expect the rest of you to knit this?  Of course not!  I figure that by sharing this pattern it may inspire you to create your own knit logos.   I also just need to make sure I keep track of my notes.

The Pattern
  • Cast on 59 stitches (I like the long-tail cast on the best.)  
  • Knit 4 rows of stockinette, beginning with a WS purl row. (K right side, P on wrong side)
  • Purl 5 stitches, work 49 sts of the first row of the chart, K 5 stitches (The chart is worked from bottom up, right to left on right side rows, left to right on wrong side rows)
    Chart 15x49 sts.
  • P 5 sts, work the second row of the chart, P 5 stiches
  • Continue until all 15 rows of the chart have been knit.
  • Knit 4 more rows of stockinette. (K right side rows, P wrong side rows)
  • Bind off K wise. 
  • Block the pattern on a blocking board, taking care that it is level with the bottom.  Photograph in a well lit area.  Crop the photo and upload to your website.  

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.K - knit
P - purl
I-cord - knit stitches on dpn's without ever turning the needle (effectively knitting in the round with a small number of stitches.)
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

This knitting pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. You are not to distribute or sell this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits. © 2012 ChemKnits