Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stripes: Half & Half

The first striping pattern I devised was to do (2 rows of color A, 2 rows of color B) repeated.  I used this color pattern extensively in making baby blankets.  See baby blankets made from Stitch 1, Stitch 3, Stitch 4, Stitch 5, Stitch 7, Stitch 8, Stitch 11,Stitch 12, Stitch 14, Stitch 16, and Stitch 26 to see the finished look of this color pattern. 

So, here's how to do this:
Chain with color A, then work 2 rows of pattern with Color A.  At the last stitch of row 2, tie on color B, but do not cut color A.

Pull both color A and color B through the loops to complete the stitch.

Then chain with color A and color B together.

Release color A, and work rows 3 and 4 with color B.

Again, use both colors for the last stitch of row 4, and chain with both colors.  Then release color B and work the next two rows with color A.

The extra color is always carried up the same side of the work.  This may look a little odd, but it is covered up when you add a border.  Notice that one side looks normal and the other side has both colors chained up the side.  Pictures show before and after addition of a border.

If you want to make this dishcloth, here's the pattern:
Chain 28
Row 1: dc in 4th chain from hook, dc across
Row 2-14: ch 3, turn, dc across
Round 1: sc around (3 sc in corner)
Round 2: sc around (3 sc in corner)

Rows 1-2, 5-6, 9-10, 13-14 are in the red color.
Rows 3-4, 7-8, 11-12 are in the yellow color.

As I was making this I was struck by how Gryffindor it looked.  If you want to make something cotton in Gryffindor colors, these are the ones to use.

I made this using Sugar and Cream Country Yellow and Wine with a J hook.

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