How to do Garter Stitch

Hello you lovely lot!

I will be posting some stitch patterns up here occasionally, like the seed stitch from last week. Maybe it will give you a bit of inspiration for a project you are working on, or just a refresher if you’ve forgotten. We’ll start with the basics and work our way up.

Garter stitch! Most of you will have probably made a scarf with this stitch as your very first project, but it can be used for many other things. I like to edge blankets with it to stop them curling, also works well for the edges of knitted squares and perfectly for a squared knitted on the diagonal (see previous tutorial here).

You just need to know how to do the knit stitch ( I will be posting some video tutorials soon, promise).

Row 1: Knit all stitches

Repeat this row until your work has reached the desired length.

It should look a little something like this:

 How to knit Garter Stitch

The row at the very bottom of the picture is the cast on edge.

How do you use garter stitch? Do you just use it for squares and edges?

I’d love to hear from you so drop us a comment below.

Ciao for now!

Kx

How to knit seed stitch

Hello you lovely lot! I hope all is well in your world.

I’m so glad that the winter weather seems to have finally been driven out and we are starting to see the beautiful colours again.

 Beautiful Purple tulips

I wanted to share one of my favourite stitches today, seed stitch. I love the pretty pattern it creates. It may seem a littel fiddly at first as you swap between knitting 1 stitch and then purling 1 stitch, but once you get into a rhythm it just flies off the needles.

The stitch pattern depends on whether you have an even or odd number of stitches.

For an even number of stitches there is 2 rows to the pattern:
Row 1: K1, P1 across
Row 2: P1, K1 across

For an odd number of stitches there is only 1 row:
Row 1: K1, P1 across

And that’s all there is to it. Easy peasy!

I’d love to see some pictures of your seed stitch creations. Why not send them to me, katie@buttonsandpickles.com.

Have a lovely day,
Kx

How to knit a diagonal square

Howdy doody!

Lightening fast tutorial for you today. This will show you how to knit squares of the same size regardless of yarn size or tension.

This is particularly useful if you are trying to use your stash up.

You will need:

Yarn
Knitting needles
Tape measure

Instructions:

Cast on 2 stitches

1. K1, KFB
2. K1, KFB, K to end

Repeat row 2 until the side has reached the required measurement.

3. K1, K2tog, K to end

Repeat row 3 until you have 2 stitches left.

Cast off. Leave a longish tail to sew to other squares.

Using this method, you can create squares with different yarn weights that will all be the same size. The pic below shows a 5cm square in DK (pink) and a 5cm square in chunky (claret).

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Enjoy!

Kx

How to Make an Origami Box

Hi All,

I fancied a break from knitting the other day (shock horror!) and found a bunch of origami papers that I bought years ago. Here followed a few cranes and some lotus flowers, a jumping frog, the usual and then I remembered I needed something to put some easter treats in. Cue the origami box tutorial.

This box starts off with a piece of 12″ square cardmaking paper (picked this up from HobbyCraft, but you could also try Amazon) that I accented with some spring colours from my Pro Markers Set. The size of your card will affect the size of the finished box. The smaller you start the smaller the box and vice versa.

Instructions:

You will need to start with the coloured side of your paper facing down.  Fold in half horizontally, by bringing the bottom edge up to the top edge, crease and unfold. Fold in half vertically, by bringing the right side over to the left side, crease and unfold. Turn the paper so that you have a diamond shape.

Fold the bottom point of the diamond up to the centre and crease. Do NOT unfold. Repeat this all the way around so that you end up with a square shape again. Fold the right edge to the middle and the repeat with the left. You should now have a rectangle shape.

The paper starts getting a bit thick at this stage, so take your time and make sure the folds are sharp. Fold the bottom edge up to the middle line and then the top edge down. Undo all of the folds until you are left with two sides points folded into the middle ( 4th picture in the sequence below). You will need to do a reverse fold in the top left corner (5th and 6th picture below), make sure you crease it well. Repeat the crease on the top right hand side.

Bring both corners to the middle (as 1st picture below), then push this down into the box. The triangle at the top of the flap will become the base of the box (2nd picture below). Repeat the reverse fold on the corners and the prevous 2 steps and your box will be complete.

Give yourself a pat on the back and fill with goodies. Preferably edible goodies, which you can then eat. Om nom nom.

Happy boxing!

Kx