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1 Stitch “Garterlac” Cast On…

I am a dishclothaholic… I love to knit them and have my “go to” knits… Grandma’s Favorite, Almost Lost (well, my variation of it, but I’ll save that for another time) and the Garterlac, also referred to by those who are addicted to knitting them as “Gartercrack” dishcloths. I’ve been knitting them for 5 years and they truly are so much fun to knit! I had heard about the 1 stitch cast on for the Garterlac that Tinker Tots had posted about and decided to give it a try as it really does make all of the edges look the same especially when using variegated yarns….

This picture shows the original cast on edge for the Base Triangles – and as you can plainly see, the cast on edge sticks out like a sore thumb with this variegated yarn…

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This picture shows the 1 stitch cast on edge for the Base Triangles – it all blends in and all four edges of the finished cloth will look the same.  LOVE IT!

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Which brings me to the meat of this post…  I sat down with my needles, cotton and Tinker Tots’ directions (she’s a genius!) and made the three base triangles and ended up with one triangle on one needle and two triangles on the other, so I ripped it out and did it again with the same results… then I did it again… guess what?  Same results 😦  After Googling, YouTube searching and going through hundreds and hundreds of the Ravelry projects, I messaged Laura (Tinker Tots) and asked her what I was doing wrong. She VERY kindly gave me some more information and off I went and did it again – with the same results – I seriously couldn’t wrap my head around what I was doing wrong!  The difference this time was that my very thick brain kicked into gear and it finally clicked….  I did, however, make a couple of very small changes to the original directions to make it clearer for me.  So to help any of you that are interested in this womderful method (thank you Laura!) and this fabulously addictive pattern (thank you Criminy Jickets!)  I have put together a pictorial of the base triangles to go along with the directions, as well as pictures of what the next row will look like as you work it.

Laura’s Directions are as follows for the 1st Base Triangle…

Increasing Base Triangle

Cast On one stitch

K 1, turn, K-FB, turn.
K 2, turn, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 3, turn, K 1, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 4, turn, K 2, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 5, turn, K 3, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 6, turn, K 4, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 7, turn, K 5, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 8, turn,
K 6, K-FB, K 1, return last stitch to your other needle and treat as first stitch of the next triangle

01 1st Base Triangle

This is what I did for the 2nd base triangle…

With work oriented as in the picture above and working into the single stitch…

K-FB, turn.
K 2, turn, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 3, turn, K 1, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 4, turn, K 2, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 5, turn, K 3, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 6, turn, K 4, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 7, turn, K 5, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 8, turn,
K 6, K-FB, K 1, return last stitch to your other needle and treat as first stitch of the next triangle

02 Second Base Triangle

Now let’s work the 3rd Base Triangle…

With work oriented as in the picture above and working into the single stitch…

K-FB,turn.
K 2, turn, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 3, turn, K 1, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 4, turn, K 2, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 5, turn, K 3, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 6, turn, K 4, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 7, turn, K 5, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 8, turn.
Knit 8

Your Triangle Base Row should look like this…

03 3rd Base Triangle

Now follow Criminy Jickets Garterlac Directions and make an Increasing Side Triangle – your work will now look like this…

04 Increasing Side Triangle

Now make your first Square – it will look like this….

05 1st Square

Now make your second Square – which will look like this… It’s like MAGIC! 🙂

06 2nd Square

Now for the Decreasing Side Triangle to finish off this row…

08 Decreasing Side Triangle

Follow the pattern and finish your cloth 🙂

Love it, Love it, Love it!  Hope this helps anyone that can be as thick as I am sometimes. 🙂   Happy Knitting!

Late? Me? No!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  Although the Northeast has been buried in snow and freezing temperatures, it was a lovely holiday here with all of the kids home!  We celebrated Lyssa’s 22nd Birthday on New Years Day – how the hell she got to be 22 is totally lost on me!  Don’t even want to think that my son will be 24 in the  Spring! WOW!  My Mom wasn’t kidding when she said…. “wait until you have kids, time will just fly by”.  She was totally right!

There wasn’t a lot of time for knitting, but I did manage to put together a few gifts and finish up a few that I started in the summer….you know….when I was going to get a “jump on my Christmas knitting” :/  Somehow this NEVER works out well for me – I self destruct EVERY YEAR!  I also finally managed to write up a pattern that I have been “winging” for years to share on Ravelry – now I don’t have to dig up my little “notes” and try to remember what I did “last time” lol

 I knit Lyssa one of my Plaited Cable Reversible Scarves  toDSCN3006wl  match the gloves I made her last year.

 These are some of the ornaments I made as little gifts for special friends.  I think I made 6 of the little hats and at least 3 of everything else.  I just love giving people something handmade 🙂

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This is the stocking I finally wrote up the pattern for…I call it the Petite Christmas Stocking.  It is incredibly fast to knit – couple of hours – and is, I think, the perfect size for a small gift.  This one was scooped up by my daughter Nikki to put her boyfriend’s gift in!

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I also finally finished this Lutin for my dear friend Jenn’s son.  Some of you may remember her tragic loss and the beautiful “Comforting Jenn” blanket that so many of you wonderful knitters contributed to.  She is going through chemo AGAIN and he is very frightened that he is going to lose his Mommy.  I’m hoping it will give him a bit of comfort.  The small white one is for his little brother.

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I hope you are all well and for those of you with me in the Northeast – keeping warm.  Spring is hopefully on it’s way!

Fickle….

Looking back on some of the knitting done here over the last months, I have noticed that I either get totally enamored by a pattern and knit it until everyone around me is totally sick of looking at it, or I turn fickle and once I’ve “learned” how to do something or figured out the “trick” behind a pattern, I put it aside.  Not sure I’m happy with this about myself, but sometimes truth hurts! lol

This absolutely and totally is a fun knit!  I had a ball with it – and I’m ashamed to say, there are more of these – made great gifts and were appreciated 🙂

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I thoroughly enjoyed making little baskets and packages for Valentine’s Day this year, and tweaked a classic pattern to make the shape a bit better (in my opinion anyway) 😉

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I participated in Kris Knits January KAL as I just love her dishcloth patterns – this was no exception other than the fact that it is bigger than I like to use, so I’ll stick with her sets of cloths from now on :)… YES I was on a dishcloth binge, my attention span was at an all time low!

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Now THIS is the pattern I absolutely LOVED the most, it is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while and babies and adults just adore it!  This is my new car/travel knitting (along with the socks…because there are always socks!)  I do have to admit that it is a bit of a pain to sew together, and I would love to figure out how to knit it in the round – but even though I have converted a lot of patterns to in the round – I just can’t seem to wrap my head around this one.  Hopefully, I’ll have an aha! moment one of these days….

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Just a fun 5 minute knit – thought it was cute 🙂  There is another pattern on this idea that I will be making for the girls as stocking stuffers this year – I’m sure they’ll get a smile out of it!

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 I have a few WIP’s  – these are in the “will I ever finish these?” basket :/ , as well as my log cabin blanket that hasn’t been worked on in a year.  Hopefully, now that the cold weather is here, I’ll feel more motivated to have it on my lap 🙂

I’m off to make a nice hot cup of coffee and sit with my knitting for an hour or so before the kiddo’s come home and it’s time to make dinner.  It’s so nice to be back – and once all the catching up posting is done, I’ll feel better  – maybe I’d feel better about the WIP ‘s if they were caught up on too….hmmmmmmm that’s a thought!  In the words of Scarlet O’Hara…Fiddle dee dee… I’ll worry about that tomorrow! 🙂

Happy Knitting!