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Skill Building Blanket KAL: Block 4

Did you have fun selecting your own colors for the stripes in Block 3? We’re back to a single color for Block 4.

Jo says:

Show off your skill with the lovely traditional Shetland Fern lace, here in an overall pattern. Whilst the first few wrong side rows of each fern are purl only, it gets more interesting as you knit the fern with wrong side rows worked in pattern too. Imagine the ever-changing colour palette over here in Scotland when you knit up this square.

Block 4

Shade Usage: 15.
Tension: 20 sts and 26 rows to a 4in/10cm square in pattern with US 7/4.5mm needles.

Abbreviations

CDD central double decrease: slip 2 sts to the right needle, as if to k2tog, k1, then pass the two slipped sts over the k1

K knit

k2tog knit 2 sts together

P purl

p2tog purl 2 sts together

ssk slip, slip, knit: slip 2 sts knitwise one at a time to the right needle. Insert the left needle tip through these two slipped stitches and knit together

tbl through the back of the loop

yo yarn over

The Pattern

With US 7/4.5mm needles, cast on 65 sts. Work in St st as foll:
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep the last 2 rows twice more.
Now work in patt as folls:
Row 1 (RS): K5, *k5, yo, k2tog, k15: rep from * twice, k5, yo, k2tog, k9.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 34: Purl.
Row 3: K5, *k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k14: rep from * twice, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k8.
Row 5: K5, *k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k13: rep from * twice, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k7.
Row 7: K5, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, CDD, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k12: rep from * twice, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, CDD, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k6. Row 9: K5, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k11: rep from * twice, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5.
Row 11: K5, *(yo, ssk) twice, yo, CDD, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11: rep from * twice, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, CDD, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k5.
Row 12: P6, (yo, p2tog) twice, p1, (p2tog tbl, yo) twice, p1, *p12, (yo, p2tog) twice, p1, (p2tog tbl, yo) twice, p1: rep from * twice, p5.
Row 13: K5, *k2, yo, ssk, yo, CDD, yo, k2tog, yo, yo, ssk, yo, CDD, yo, k2tog, yo, k7.
Row 14: P8, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, yo, p3, *p14, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, yo, p3: rep from * twice, p5.
Row 15: K5, *k4, yo, CDD, yo, k15: rep from * twice, k4, yo, CDD, yo, k9.
Row 17: Knit.
Row 19: K5, *k16, yo, k2tog, k4: rep from * twice, k16.
Row 21: K5, *k14, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3: rep from * twice, k16.
Row 23: K5, *k13, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2: rep from * twice, k16.
Row 25: K5, *k12, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, CDD, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1: rep from * twice, k16.
Row 27: K5, *k11, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk: rep from * twice, k16.
Row 29: K5, *k11, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, CDD, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo: rep from * twice, k16.
Row 30: P16, *p1, (yo, p2tog) twice, p1, (p2tog tbl, yo) twice, p12: rep from * twice, p5.
Row 31: K5, *k13, yo, ssk, yo, CDD, yo, k2tog, yo, k2: rep from * twice, k16.
Row 32: P16, *p3, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, yo, p14: rep from * twice, p5.
Row 33: K5, *k15, yo, CDD, yo, k4 : rep from * twice, k16.
Row 35: Knit.
Row 36: Purl.
Rep these 36 rows once more. Work in St st from row 1 across all sts as before till work measures 13 3⁄4 in /35cm, ending with a RS row.

Cast off all sts on the WS.

Note: stay alert while you’re knitting this block. Some of the wrong side rows have action!

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