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Frankies Knitted Stuff

March Quilt

There are signs of Spring on this


small knitted quilt which measures
11.5 16.5 cm (4 6")
including its frame.

It can be hung from a small wire


hanger or used as a block for a
blanket. Or you could just make the
sheep and sew them on to other
knitted things.

The Background

This is knitted with Sirdar Country Style DK (155 m / 50 g,


shade 389, Smokey Stone) and 4 mm / US size 6 needles; you
will need less than 10 g of yarn. You can use any similar weight
yarn.

Tension: 11 stitches and 21 rows = 5 cm / 2" in moss stitch:

Every row: K1, *P1, K1, repeat from * to end.

Using the long tail method, cast on 21 stitches.


Work 62 rows in moss stitch or until your knitting is just about
15 cm / 6" long.

Cast off, still working in moss stitch.


The Binding

Again this was knitted with Sirdar Special DK. I used shade
409, Naturelle.

Using 3.25 mm needles (US 3) and with the right side facing
not that it matters much at this stage pick up and knit 31
stitches along one of the long sides of your rectangle. This will
be roughly one stitch between every bump of the moss stitch.

Row 1: Knit into the back of the first stitch, K to end.


Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.

Cast off knitwise, using a 4 mm needle and leaving a long tail.

Let the binding roll to the wrong


side and sew it down, joining to
the stitches that show where they
were picked up.

Add the binding to the other long side


in the same way.

The knitted binding for the two short


edges is the same, but on 21 stitches.
This includes two stitches picked up
from the long bindings at each end of
the pick up row. When sewing the
short bindings down, close the open
ends with a few stitches.

Now you can decorate your rectangle.


The Hill

All the decorations on the quit were knitted with Sirdar Country
Style DK and 3.25 mm needles. For the hill I chose shade 617,
Kensington Gardens.

Using the long tail method, cast on 12 stitches.

Row 1: P2, (K3, P2) twice.


Row 2: (K1, m1) twice, K to last 2 sts, (m1, K1) twice (16 sts).
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: (K1, m1) twice, K to last 2 sts, (m1, K1) twice (20 sts).
Row 5: P2, (K4, P2) three times.
Row 6: (K1, m1) twice, K to last 2 sts, (m1, K1) twice (24 sts).

Row 7: Purl.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 9: K3, P3, K4, P4, K4, P3, K3.
Row 10: Knit.
Row 11: Purl.
Row 12: Knit.

Cast off knitwise and darn in the yarn tails. The hill should be
about 10 cm wide and 2.5 cm tall (4" 1").

I sewed all the decorations to the


quilt with sewing thread to match
the background.

Pin the hill to the bottom of the


quilt and sew it in place, working
all round the edge.

The Sheep

The sheep was knitted with the same yarn as the binding (shade
409). The purl side of the knitted fabric is the right side.
Using the long tail method, cast on 10 stitches.

Row 1: Pf&b, P to end (11 sts).


Row 2: Kf&b, K to end (12 sts).
Row 3: Pf&b, P to end (13 sts).
Row 4: Kf&b, K to end (14 sts).
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Purl.
Row 8: SSK, K10, K2tog (12 sts).
Row 9: Purl.

Cast off, working SSK at the start and K2tog at the end of the row.
The finished sheep should be about 5 cm wide and 3 cm tall
(2" 1").

The Head

Using the long tail method, cast on five stitches.

Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1, m1, K3, m1, K1 (7 sts).
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: SSK, K3, K2tog (5 sts).
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: SSK, K1, K2tog (3 sts).

Cast off purlwise. This time the knit side is the right side.

Leaving a gap of about 1 cm


above the hill, pin and sew the
sheep to the quilt, first the body
and then the head.
The Ears and Tail

For each ear cast on five stitches with the cable method. Then cast
the stitches off again, working K2tog at the end of the row.
The tail is worked in the same way but with seven stitches.

Using the tails of yarn, sew the


ears and tail to the sheep; they
only need to be attached at one
end.

The Lamb

This is knitted in much the same way as the sheep only smaller,
but then I expect you guessed that. I used shade 411, Cream for my
lamb.

Using the long tail method, cast on eight stitches.

Row 1: Pf&b, P to end (9 sts).


Row 2: Kf&b, K to end (10 sts).
Row 3: Pf&b, P to end (11 sts).
Row 4: Kf&b, K to end (12 sts).
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: SSK, K8, K2tog (10 sts).
Row 7: Purl.

Cast off, working SSK at the start and K2tog at the end of the row.

The Head

Using the long tail method, cast on four stitches.

Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1, m1, K2, m1, K1 (6 sts).
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: SSK, K2, K2tog (4 sts).
Row 5: Purl.

Cast off, slipping the first stitch knitwise.

The ears and tail and worked in the same way as for the sheep but,
this time, cast on three stitches for the ears and five for the tail.

Leaving about 1 cm above the sheep, pin and sew the lamb to
the quilt. Notice that hes facing the other way to the sheep.

The Bird

This is a tiny piece of knitting; I used shade 639, Elderberry.


The bird is worked sideways, from head to tail.

Using the long tail method cast on three stitches.

Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1, (m1, K1) twice (5 sts).
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: K1, m1, (K2tog) twice (4 sts).
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: K1, m1, K1, K2tog.
Row 7: Purl.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 9: Purl.
Row 10: SSK, K1, m1, K1.
Row 11: Purl.
Row 12: SSK, K2 (3 sts).
Row 13: Purl.
Row 14: SSK, K1 (2 sts).

Purl the last two stitches together and fasten off. Sew the bird to
the quilt, about 0.5 cm above the lamb and facing the other way.

Adding the Details

For the faces and legs you will need some thin, brown yarn. I
used it singly for the faces and the birds beak and legs and
doubled it for the sheep and lambs legs.

The eyes are two or three tiny stitches worked on top of each
other, the animal mouths are small, straight stitches and the
birds beak is a few straight stitches.

When it comes to adding the legs, work long straight stitches


and thread the yarn through the bodies to get to the next place.

I also added some embroidered


flowers to the hill, again using thin
yarn.

First I used dark green yarn to work


long, straight stitches for the stalks
and shorter ones for the leaves.

Then I embroidered lazy daisy stitch


petals and finished off with a few
small yellow stitches in the middle
of each flower.
Hanging Sleeve

If you want to hang your quilt from a wire hanger, youll need
one of these. Its knitted with DK weight yarn and 3.25 mm
needles. Use yarn to match the binding on your quilt.

Using the long tail method, cast on 15 stitches.

Row 1: Kf&b, K to end (16 sts).


Row 2: Kf&b, K to end (17 sts).

Row 3: K3, cast off 1, K to last 4 sts, cast off 1, K2 (15 sts).
Row 4: K3, cast on 2, K to last 3 sts, cast on 2, K3 (19 sts).
Row 5: K4, K2tog, K9, K2tog, K2 (17 sts).

Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Purl.

Cast off knitwise and sew the cast off edge to the middle of the top
binding. The purl side of the last few rows should be on top so that
the knit side shows when the sleeve is folded up.

Sew two small buttons to the


back of the quilt, being careful
not to let the thread show on the
right side.

One more mini quilt to add to


your collection.

Frankie Brown, 2017.


Abbreviations

st / sts stitch / stitches


K knit
P purl
m1 make 1 by lifting the thread before the next stitch and
knitting into the back of it
SSK slip, slip, knit: Slip two stitches knitwise (or knitwise
followed by purlwise) one at a time, insert tip of left
needle into stitches from above, put yarn round right
needle and knit both stitches together.
K2tog knit two stitches together
kf&b knit into the front and back of the stitch
pf&b purl into the front and back of the stitch

A quarter of a year in quilts

Frankie Brown, 2017.


My patterns are for personal use only and should not be used to knit items for sale.
Please do not use them for teaching purposes without my permission.