Mystery: Week 9

I know, I know its been weeks since the clue was released but a lot has happened since then so it took a while to get it done. My mom seamed all of the squares together and it took some time especially because she needed a good source of light to do it.

First we laid them all out in the order that they were going to be stitched together.

Yarnspirations

I took pictures of the whole process and how she stitched them together. On the Yarnspirations Facebook page they said that you should start at the center square and work your way outwards but that’s not how she did it.

The videos that they posted weren’t that great because what they showed weren’t even squares that we’ve been knitting and on less bulky yarn. Overall not so good but my mom stitched them together the way she usually does.

 

 

She started on each edge and stitching them together. Then she added the next row. Next she added the squares around the middle square and then put them all together. Last she stitched the long panels along the edge.

We did rotate some of the squares and changed them for what the instructions and the diagram said but I think it looks great.

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My brother’s head peeking out behind the afghan.

 

 

Here it is all stitched together. Thanks to my brother for helping me out and holding it up.

I’ll have Week 10 done soon and post it for my readers.

Thanks for reading and let me know how your KAL/CAL went.

 

Mystery: Week 8

Mystery: Week 8

Update: Yarnspirations has updated the Week 8 clue to fix mistakes that were written in the pattern.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/spinrite/pdf/WEB-BERNAT-SOFTEECHUNKY-K-Week8ab.pdf

 

This week was the Whirly Square. It’s much bigger than any of the others we have knit at 22 in and luckily we only needed to make one. I apologize that it took me a week to post but my mom got this done at 11 pm last night.

Whirly Square
My mom knitting the square.

 

My mom knit this one but we had some struggles reading the pattern and following through. I also found that many people were having similar issues by reading Facebook comments. It was a bit of a disappointment that it was written poorly and that the video they put up this week was not good in helping to understand what needs to be done. It was surprising as the past seven clues were written well and the videos were helpful if I didn’t understand the pattern.

The first thing that needs to be done is the Center Square, knit 30 rows in contrast A (garter st). Then to change to 5 dpn’s and knit one more row in contrast A and then change to contrast B and knit 1 row. This is different than what the instructions say but bear with me. Then take the second needle and pick up and k 15 sts across the left side edge. Next with the third needle pick up and k 15 sts along the bottom edge and then  with the fourth needle pick up and k 15 sts along the right side. 60 sts total, 15 sts on each needle. Then purl one round.

Center Square

 

With 4 dpn's
With 4 dpn’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next you k the four triangles separately.

The special st in this pattern is wrap and turn (W&T) – Bring yarn to front of work. Slip next stitch purlwise. Bring yarn to back of work. Slip stitch back onto left-hand needle. Turn work. Then take working yarn to the back.

Row 1 (RS) – k2, W&T

Row 2 (WS) -and all even rows – k

Row 3 – k3, W&T

all odd rows work as established.

Row 26 – k, break yarn and leave sts on needle or st holder

Repeat this pattern for the 3 remaining sides of the Center Square.

 

First triangle
First triangle

 

First set of triangles
First set of triangles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this you knit the second  set of triangles. This part of the pattern was written well so we followed it as is, but it did take the longest time to do.

Second set of triangles
Second set of triangles

Finally the border, sorry I don’t have pictures of the process.

You change back to contrast A on circular needles and have all 212 sts on the needles, 53 sts between each st marker. The border is done in seed st and the first part is written correctly because it is done over an odd number of sts so you knit the first st in every row.

The second and third side are written wrong because it is done over an even number so you k the first st in the one row and then the next row you purl the first st. Make sure you just follow in seed st and follow the pattern. Many people also commented on this on the Yarnspirations Facebook page.

The last border is written correctly so you knit the first st of every row.

 

This pattern was not written well and it was a little disapointing that it took us the entire week to knit one square so hopefully this week is better.

Thanks everyone for reading and the comments, if you have any questions I’ll try to answer them.