Saturday, November 24, 2007

Squares and buns

Over on her blog, the Stash Basket, Michaela has been asking for donations of squares to help make a blanket to raffle to raise money for Oliver. I have been meaning to make some for ages but for some reason couldn't get my head round how exactly to do them!

A short while ago posted a link to where there was a simple way to knit a square on the bias, cast on 3 stitches and increase on every row until the sides measure 4" then decrease every row until 3 stitches remain, cast off! Easy right?

Er, no! OK, so I learnt that I do not cast on and cast off to the same tension :o)

I finally realised that a four inch square is actually the same as a tension square- doh! Why I didn't figure this out before is a mystery to me. *rolls eyes* If the yarn is 28 stitches for the tension square then I can knit a tension square (i.e. a 4 inch square for the blanket) by casting on the same number of stitches. Add the EZ info that if you knit the same number of gs rows as stitches and you'll get a square, and, away I go 28 stitches 28 gs bumps (56 rows) = a square.

Once I finally had the basic idea I was able to do a few more :o) and, when that got a little old, I tried a mitred square or two.
so now I am ready to make my own blanket vbg, maybe, but not right now. Anyway, these will be in the post on Monday and I've bought my tickets, how about you?

I've been inspired by this oooh, aaaaah. I have to knit one of these :o)
Rainy Saturdays mean baking, so here are the chocolate buns, awaiting their icing, no point trying to photograph them afterwards, they don't stick around long enough :o)


Anonymous said...

I am not a knitter, though it's not from lack of trying. For now I enjoy the craft by visiting sites such as yours. I appreciate your sharing your knitting adventures and successes. Thank you.

YarnSnob said...

ooh I'm coming round for some buns :) look really yummy, save one for me pls!!
Squares for a very good cause.

Queen of the froggers said...

Yummy cakes! I like the squares in that yarn too.

Michaela said...

I've just knitted my first ever square on the bias, and it looks just like yours! Not very square, but with a little pulling they come out just perfect! Many thanks for doing so many. And how good are you - tension squares? I've never done one of those at all!!!!

Anonymous said...

My bias squares were like that too, until I tried cast on 2 stitches, then knit into the front and back of the first stitch in each row to increase, once I'd got to the edge being 4 inches I then knit one row straight (either increase or decrease), then decreased on every row by knitting 2 tog thru back loops at the END (it's tighter that way) until I had 3 stitches, then slip 1, K2tog PSSO, thread end of yarn thru and pull up... Won't be absolutely perfect, but near as...a few pulls should sort it!!! Good luck!

gilraen said...

Those buns look good! We baked on Saturday too and the boys iced them american style, I meant to take a picture but they ate them too quickly for that. :)

They are very neat squares and it's a lovely idea. I love the mitts too, especially the lilac/mauve ones you made. :)