Wednesday, 6 March 2013

A one-piece Log Cabin "quilt" block

For some time now, I have been meaning to try my hand at making a knit quilt block with some of my left over bits of yarn.... a one piece quilt block that I wouldn't have to sew a million seams on.
Ta-da.  If you knit it in cotton, I think it would make a great dishcloth.  If you knit a bunch of them, you could sew them up together to make a scarf or a blanket.  If you continue on with the pattern, you could make a crib sized log cabin block without having to sew all those pieces together...

So, without further ado...the pattern:

-I used Bernat Satin worsted weight yarn because that's what I had to use up.  One ball of each colour will make several blocks, or you can use just one colour, or you can just use up little scraps.
-4mm needles- 2 for knitting and a few extras for holding the stiches while you work the next section
-One each 2", 3" and 6" stitch holders
-Gauge:  12 stitches and 24 rows in garter stitch is a 2" x 2" square.  Gauge is not terribly important unless you plan to make a blanket...then you just want to make each square the same size.

Cast on 12 stitches of colour A.
Knit in garter stitch for 22 rows.  Break yarn.
Continue knitting in garter stitch, using colour B, for 12 rows.
Transfer all 12 stitches to 2" stitch holder.
Turn work counter-clockwise.  Pick up 18 stitches along right side of work, starting with 6 stitches of colour B and then 12 stitches of colour A, as below:
I used a larger stitch holder in this pictureUse whatever size you have for the small pieces.
Note:  It is important to pick up the stitches in the correct direction to make sure the colour changes appear on the back side of the work.  Although you pick up colour B first, you will knit the colour A stitches first.
This is how the colour changes will appear on the back of your work.
Note 2:  If you are making a block in one solid colour, reverse the directions as the colour change will not affect your piece, and you will have fewer ends to weave in, if any.

Knit the 18 stitches you picked up using colour C and continue knitting in garter stitch for 12 rows.  
Break yarn.
Transfer the 18 stitches of colour C to a 3" stitch holder.  Turn work counter-clockwise.

Pick up 6 stitches along the edge of colour C and 12 stitches of colour A as shown below:
Knit using colour D, in garter stitch, for 12 rows.  Break yarn.
Transfer the 18 stitches to a stitch holder.   Turn work counter-clockwise.

Pick up 6 stitches of colour D, 12 stitches of colour A, and 6 stitches of colour B.  Knit the 24 stitches in colour E for 12 rows of garter stitch.  
At this point, I stopped transferring the stitches to stitch holders because I ran out of them, quite frankly.  I had extra 4mm needles, so I just left them in place to hold the stitches as I continued working.  Use whatever feels best for you.
Turn work counter clockwise.  Pick up 6 stitches of colour E, transfer the stitches from the stitch holder to your knitting needle, and then pick up 6 stitches of colour C.
Knit 12 rows in garter stitch of desired colour.
Continue along in the same manner until your "quilt block" is the desired size.  The instruction that follow are for binding off an 8" square.
Binding off:  Using the yarn you choose for the border, bind off the 48 stitches of the last row (the row currently on the needle) leaving the last new stitch on the needle to use in turning the corner.
Turn your work clockwise and pick up 6 stitches from the top edge (as pictured on the top needle, above).  Bind off the 6 stitches and then continue binding off the rest of the row (if you are using a stitch holder, you will have to transfer the stitches to a knitting needle to bind off).
Turn your work clockwise and pick up 6 stitches.
Bind off those 6 stitches and continue binding off the rest of the row.  Repeat for the last side of the block, picking up and binding off the last 6 stitches to complete the border.

 On the back side, weave in the ends as neatly as possible.  

 The ends should just about disappear.
 Now, why not make a few more to make up a scarf?  Or a "quilt"? 

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  1. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing! I know what I am making for my sister for Christmas!

  2. LOve that idea for a dishcloth!

  3. Looks like a fun project, thanks for sharing it.
    Hope I can leave a comment today, have been having difficulty recently?

  4. Yeah, I would never have thought of doing this! Great job!

  5. Your stitches are so even, Natalie! What craftsmanship to be able to show it so close up like that!

    Also, I just nominated you for a Liebster award! If you would like to participate, just hop over and see! I have put the details in my latest post!

  6. Perfect use for the leftovers. Love your square.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a great way to use up yarn.

  8. Gasp! Brilliant! Thank you for the step-by-step :-)

  9. Nice idea and well made. I have always had a soft spot for log cabin squares, so this is definitely on my to do-list. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. It looks great! I've always loved log cabin anyway and this is a very clever rendition. Well done.

  11. Thank you so much for this fab pattern!

  12. Thanks for the instructions with great photos.

  13. That's so pretty! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you this evening at:

  14. love this :) added you to our "Share your Talent" page - hope that was ok! Thanks for sharing this awesome pattern!

    1. Of course, and thank you. This pattern was meant for sharing.