Friday, April 30, 2010

Snowflake Knitting Chart V.2

For the past year, I have been working on designing Christmas stockings for myself and Keith. (Christmas 2009 passed before I was able to get started... whoops!) I'm getting closer on the design concept, but I have concerns about frogging portions of the stockings if I don't like how the charts come out.

My mostly symmetric snowflake knits more into a rectangle, so I wanted to test out a modification to see how it would knit up. (P.S. Thank you tempest468's "My First Snow" for using this chart in a washcloth. It came out beautiful, and functioned as a swatch for me. I just want to end up with something more symmetric for my stocking.)

I modified the stocking slightly, reducing 6 stitches from the width. The resulting snowflake, when knit with a 4 stitch seed stitch border, is more symmetrical. The chart, shown below, has the modified snowflake with the border that I used in my swatch.

Snowflake V. 1: 37 x 41 sts
Snowflake V.2: 31 x 41 sts

Snowflake version 2. The snowflake (in blue) is 31x41 stitches. In the knit square, the snowflake is surrounded by 1 stitch of knit stitches, and 4 stitches of seed stitch (shaded purple).

I knit the swatch on size 7 needles with remnant worsted weight yarn. I added the border to the swatch to make it something I can use, with the addition of some borders, for the 2010 Pine Street Inn Knit-a-thon!

Finished square size: 8.5" wide, 7.5" tall
Finished Snowflake Size: 6.5" wide, just over 6" tall.

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