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  • 00:00: this is the first of several tutorials that I will demonstrate how to create the saccharine blanket created by Shelley Kang this is a free pattern that you can get on her blog which is which you can find at wwl ek calm that's sh e ll Y K a and G calm and she has all the
  • 00:30: information on how to do this on her website but I've had several people ask too for me to show to demonstrate how to do this and on her website there is a link on the side border on the right side border of all about the blankie that you can click on to learn about how to do this in this first tutorial I will be showing you how to cast on your
  • 01:02: square with the provisional cast on and complete the first square future videos will show the joining of the squares weaving in the ends and then the icord border which is this border here this project is great for leftover sock yarn it's for mostly i have i'm i'm using fingering weight but you can use any weight yarn as long as you stay
  • 01:33: consistent throughout the whole blanket if you start with fingering weight you're going to want to stick with fingering weight if you start with DK or worsted or whatnot you're going to want to stick with those size those weights of yarn i am using a US size one needle and which is what's called for in the pattern that's written by the designer and i use a circular this is a nine inch circular needle and the main reason that i use a circular needle is because I
  • 02:05: like to use metal or nickel-plated or what have you the type of needles and instead of bamboo I originally started this on bamboo double points but I like the metal needles better and I couldn't find any metal double points that I was really happy with so that's why I chose to go with a small circular needle now you may decide you like a different sized needle than a size one I liked the
  • 02:35: fabric that I was getting with the size one so that's what I stuck with if you are a tight knit or you may want to go up to a size two or three or um if you're loose knitter and you like a tight weave fabric then you may want to even go down to zero you will have to do just do a square and determine how you like the fabric if you like the fabric with the square that you make then go ahead and stick with the size one or adjust your needle as necessary other
  • 03:05: than the size of the needle that you want to start with you need to decide um how big you want your squares to be now I have chosen to do mine in the with thirty-one stitches you can make your squares any size you like sometimes people like to go to 41 or I don't know if I would go smaller but you can choose any number of stitches to cast on as
  • 03:35: long as it is an odd number of stitches so let's go ahead and get started with the provisional cast on now understand that if you do not want to put the icord border on um on your blanket as I have done here then it is not necessary for you to do a provisional cast on or if you can do this the icord on border or any other type of boarder but again if
  • 04:06: you're not interested in having a boarder on your blanket you can just go ahead and cast on using your favorite cast on method as long as you make the cast on loose but if you are planning on putting the icord border on as I have done here then to make it easier to pick up your stitches to work with we're going to do the provisional cast-on here okay so for this tutorial I already told you what size needles I use for my blanket but for this tutorial I'm going to use
  • 04:37: larger needles and a larger gauge yarn so that you can see the stitches a little bit better I'm also going to use just a plain piece of fingering weight yarn as my waste yarn you can use crochet cotton or another type of yarn at just something that's slightly lighter weight than what you're using for your working yarn I'm also only going to cast on 21 stitches just to
  • 05:08: make the square a little bit quicker to go through if you're using a worsted weight yarn for your blanket you may decide that you want to cast on less stitches as well for your square so what we're going to do is I have taken a slipknot and I've put it around two needles here and I'm going to create my stitches by going around this piece of waste yarn and how we're going to do
  • 05:39: that is we're going to go first we're going to go under and grab it and then over and grab it and then under and grab it and then over and grab it and you're going to continue until you have the required number of stitches on your needles making sure that that making sure that the waste yarn stays on the bottom if you happen to accidentally get it on the top
  • 06:09: somehow or wrapped around your needles then you have done it incorrectly and you need to make sure that it stays right there on the bottom that it does not wrap around your needles at all so you're going to keep doing that until you have the correct number of stitches and like I said I'm going to cast on 21 stitches for this particular square okay so now that I have my 21 stitches here I can take out one of my needles it
  • 06:39: doesn't really matter which one you take out and I'm going to turn the work so that I can start working it but I am going to hang on to my arm my waste yarn just to keep it out of the way and to make sure that I don't lose that little loop that's across the stitch right there and this first row you are just going to knit all of your stitches on this first row all the way across the end and the last
  • 07:28: stitch we're going to knit through the back loop and we're going to turn the work and now we are ready to do our first row of decreases we're going to do a double decrease now what you're going to do is you're going to slip the first stitch as if to purl the stitch you're going to have the yarn in the front and you're just going to slip that stitch off the needle slip the stitch off the needle as if to purl and then move the yarn to the back and then you're going to knit 13 stitches this will take you
  • 07:58: to the center three stitches actually I'm not going to knit 13 because I only cast on 21 so I'm going to find my Center here so because I only cast on 21 stitches I'm going to I slipped the first stitch and then I knit eight and then I should have the same number of stitches if I don't include those three
  • 08:29: stitches I should have the same number of stitches on the other side yes okay so now I'm going to do my double decrease and the double decrease is done by slipping two stitches as if to knit them together and then knitting the next stitch and then slipping the two stitches that you slipped over top of the other one so you're going to pass that those two stitches over okay and
  • 08:59: then you're going to knit to the end and at the end on the last stitch you're going to knit through the back loop knit through the back loop enter and then on the back side you're going to knit all the stitches but you're still going to slip that first stitch as if to purl it so the yarn is in the front you're going to slip the stitch and then
  • 09:31: you're going to bring the yarn to the back and you're going to knit across all of these stitches and then when you get to the end for the last stitch you're going to knit that stitch through the back loop and you're going to do this on every row you're going to slip the first stitch as if to purl and knit the last stitch through the back loop on every row whether it's a decrease row or a straight knit row and what that is going to do for you is it's going to give you
  • 10:01: a nice edge where when you're picking up your stitches for your future squares it makes it easy for you to pick up those stitches so again we're going to knit that last stitch to the back loop and we're going to turn and now we are on a decrease row again and again Shelley has all of this information on her website on her blog so if you're getting a little confused or anything like that you can always go over there and read
  • 10:31: the information from her blog so we're going to do another decrease row here you're going to slip the first stitch as if to purl and bring that yarn to the back now I did not purl that stitch I just move to that yarn to the back you're going to knit to the center three and in this case it's going to be seven stitches um it's always going to be one stitch less than the previous row and if you look at your work you'll be able to see
  • 11:03: that here is my decrease from before right there and then you're going to follow it up and the next decrease is going to be encompassing those Center three stitches and again if you want to double check you can make sure that you have the same number of stitches don't include those three stitches but count the stitches on this side not including the center three and then count the stitches on this side and you should have the same number of stitches then we're going to slip two stitches as if to knit them together we're going to
  • 11:35: knit the next stitch and then we're going to pass those slip stitches over the knit stitch and you can see how that lays and you all your doubled decreases will line up right over top of one another and then you will knit to the end of the row always knitting that last stitch through the back loop and again once once we get this Square finished
  • 12:10: you'll be able to see the edge a little bit better and and see how it's going to give you that nice clean edge for picking up those stitches okay so now we're going to slip the stitch again slip always slip that first stitch and knit across this is a plain knit row so you have one knit row and then one decrease row and then a knit row and a
  • 12:40: decrease row and you continue in this fashion until you have no stitches left and this forms a square when you're done so again the last stitch we're going to knit through the back loop and turn the yarn in front put the yarn in front slip
  • 13:11: the stitch and bring the yarn to the back and then knit to the center three I always like to UM get familiar with how to read my knitting so I don't have to keep counting and remembering where how many stitches I was supposed to knit to get to the center three but if you look at your knitting you see here is my stitches right here and so this is my
  • 13:41: Center stitch so the the center's decrease is going to be these three stitches so I just have to look at my knitting to figure out where that is to see so I don't have to keep counting every single row so again we're going to slip as if to knit two together we're going to knit the next stitch and then we're going to pass those two slipped stitches over top of the knit stitch and then we're going to knit to the end and
  • 14:11: again always knitting that last stitch through the back loop so I'm going to go ahead and finish up the square and then I'll come back and show you the finished product okay so here's my finished square it kind of looks a little wonky but once you get more stitches or more squares attached to it it'll start to look nicer and this is again with worsted weight yarn if you look at my sock yarn blanket these these squares
  • 14:43: are a little bit more dense and that's why I like the sock yarn blanket much better but I did this this one in the worsted just to give you make it a little quicker to get through and to be able to show you these stitches also if you look at the side you see that nice chain along the side this is where we're going to pick up stitches for our next square now if you want to have your
  • 15:14: blanket with this zigzag like I have here then you will need the the number of stitches that you want our number of squares that you want across your blanket cast on or in this fashion with your provisional cast on if you're going to do the icord border so you have to have two squares in order to cast on the next square because you're going to take some stitches from this side and some stitches from this side to cast on this square so what I will do what you need
  • 15:44: to do but between now and the next time is to get at least two squares if not more I think I have 25 squares across the bottom of my blanket for one row so you'll need to have at least two to do the zigzag now if you decide you do not want a zigzag edge to your blanket then you can cast on your your squares a little differently you can start with
  • 16:16: one square and then add another square here and then another square here and then add another square and then keep going from there so you will have a stray edge I will show you both ways of casting on and how to build your blanket but for now you have the one square and the next time we will do joining of the squares I also want to mention that um there are o at the time of this recording there are almost 2500 projects
  • 16:47: with this blanket in Ravelry and I highly recommend that you go and check out some of the projects that have been completed because there are so many different ways to do this I have seen blankets that have like a stained-glass effect where they have black in between each square you know all sorts of different things that people do I've seen where instead of having four squares they've cast on along two squares and did one large square there's
  • 17:19: so many different ways that you can do this so go and check out the projects on Ravelry to see what you might want to incorporate in your blanket so until next time my name is Tina also known as bloomin knitter and you can contact me on ravelry as bloomin knitter or you can email me at bloomin knitter at gmail.com thanks so much for watching so I hope you enjoyed that tutorial I really love
  • 17:52: this project I'm going to show you my full blanket as it is it's still a work in progress um but this is going to be one of those projects that are in progress for a long long time I am really enjoying doing it I do a square every now and again and I have so much scrap sock yarn now when I first started this blanket I joined a bunch of swaps
  • 18:24: to get um little mini skeins of sock yarn and you too can join these swaps they sure they still run them it's over there's a um there's a I think it's called sock Heron blankie group on Ravelry and they just do swaps for mini skeins they're usually about 5 grams and you can
  • 18:54: usually get one to two squares out of five grams of yarn depending on how heavy of the yarn it is most of my squares I are most of the 5 gram balls I can get two squares out of but also it's a great way to get introduced to die in your own yarn because that's how I started getting in to die in my own yard I kept thinking I'm never going to have enough different yarns to make a blanket
  • 19:24: now like I said I've done all these swaps and everything and I have plenty of yarn now but I've also done some dying when I first started dyeing I just broke up as plains gained a bare skein up into I think it was 20 mini skeins of 5 grams and I just dyed each one separately and then made all kinds of different colors so that was a lot of fun and it really opened my mind up to
  • 19:54: Cody's trying to play with the blanket that's why I keep moving it it really opened my mind up to the the whole dyeing process excuse me and I really enjoyed it and it's really been a lot of fun and just to have all of these different squares and to be able to look back and say oh I made socks with that I made a shawl with that you know and some of them are from swaps so I don't really
  • 20:24: know um anything about them but I can look at the yarn and say oh I I dyed that yarn right there and let's see I made my Magrathea with that yarn right there I hand spun that yarn and that yarn and it's just it's just fun to look back at it can you you sit down to look back at the blanket and see this this yarn right here I hand died and then I made a shawl with it
  • 20:54: it's fun I love it I love this project it's it's just a small little thing that I can just keep growing and growing and growing and and just have fun with it so I hope you will try this project and I hope you have fun with it as well you