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« on: February 25, 2010 07:34:09 AM »

I'm trying to make a baby blanket for my aunt's baby, which is due in a 1-2 months (depends if they induce labor early), and I want to knit it starting from the corner, and I really like the look of yarn-over increases on the sides. However, when I knit it up with a YO on both the left and right sides, it only made a 45 degree angle, not the 90 degree angle necessary to end up with a square. Would adding another increase fix this problem, and if so, what kind of increase would you suggest so there isn't a hole other than the one created by the YO? If not, what would you suggest? I don't want some fancy lacy thing, just a big square that won't roll up on itself. Help please?

« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2010 07:55:18 AM »

Are you doing it in stockinette or garter? The simplest pattern, a version of 'grandma's favorite dishcloth', you YO at the beginning of every row and do it in garter. And in garter it won't curl. They can end up just a little off square, but pulling and stretching them can get them where you want.

« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2010 08:25:47 AM »

Stockinette. I like the look better, and I found that it didn't curl the way I was doing it, but doing a YO at the beginning of every row resulted in a 45 degree angle, rather than the necessary 90 degree angle.
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2010 04:17:26 PM »

Okay, that''s why; garter st makes more of a square as the sts and rows are nearly the same gauge. Stockinette is more like 4 sts to 6 rows or so. So every 6th row you may need to do another increase. After the yarnover do a M1, and also on the next purl row so you keep the same number of increases on both sides. You might need to experiment a little to see if that works out, or every 4th row or 7th and 8th or whatever.

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