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Topic: Alternative to garter stitch on the log cabin blanket?  (Read 2123 times)
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« on: April 27, 2007 11:55:37 PM »

hi!  I want to try the log cabin or moderne blanket from Mason Dixon Knits, but I'm not crazy about the garter stitch look... is it not possible to do it in stockinette because of curling?  any other suggestions?  the only thing I could think of is seed stitch (?) which I would like to avoid as k1,p1 will take forever. 

thanks in advance for any suggestions!
« Last Edit: August 21, 2007 11:56:05 PM by arabella » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2007 06:40:55 AM »

check out a stitch dictionary

any pattern that has balanced k and p will work.
waffle, littel pendant, basket weave, chevron, there are hundred of knit and purl patterns.

even the 4 row:
2 rows stocking knit, 2 rows garter will work. (half as many purl rows as standard garter!)

you could even do each block in a the same color and a different stitch, making a sampler of stitches. 

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2007 08:09:02 AM »

Is it knit in strips and sewn together?  You could do it alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette.  That'd give a semblance of the garter stitch stability, but a really interesting texture.  I think garter stitch was probably chosen for ease and because it is reversible and doesn't roll.  The outer edges of the blanket would roll if you did stockinette and reverse stockinette, but it looks like the edging might help that.

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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2007 09:18:34 AM »

Hi Arabela, the baby moderne is done in garter stitch which is k st all the way, no purls anywhere at all. It was a pretty quick thing for me to knit because of that. Plus they ended up nice and thick.

If you do stockinette, you could try doing it with a border of a row or two of single crochet along the edges. That's pretty easy to learn if you don't know how. After doing one row, you can see if it stays flat.

Maybe it's even possible to pick up stitches along the edges and do ribbing for 1" or 1.5"? Then you just do miters at the corners maybe?

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2007 11:42:27 AM »

thanks you guys!  really helpful.  I just ordered a stitch dictionary from Amazon and knowing to look for balanced knit and purl is really helpful.   I do know basket stitch, but once I did a scarf in it and it rolls at the sides.  but maybe I did it wrong.  Or maybe I will just do it in stockinette and do a crochet edging... I know how to crochet so that's easy.  maybe I'll swatch it out to check, although of course that interferes with my plan of doing things the lazy way. 

thank you!  (and keep any other ideas coming!)
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