The blanket that ‘makes’ itself: Part 2

This is Part 2 of the instructions for the blanket that ‘makes’ itself. See Part 1 here.

After a while, the way you add squares becomes logical. You just have to look at the ridge pattern to work out where you pick up stitches and where you cast on. Once you have completed the first square of each row, you then pick up stitches along the squares to each side. Here is an illustration of what I mean:

Illustration of picking up stitches for Row 2

Illustration of picking up stitches for Row 2

The black arrows indicate where you begin to add the next square. The dotted line shows where you pick up stitches from a previous square, or cast on stitches. The indicates where the final stitch of the previous square is. You will notice that the first square is different, because you have to cast on after knitting the final stitch on the previous square. With all other squares you pick up only. Anyway, if this is even more confusing, then just follow the instructions below!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SECOND ROW OF SQUARES:

Materials

As for Part 1 here

Abbreviations

As for Part 1 here

To make

Row 2 Square 1
Pick up 24 stitches on the right hand side of Row 1 Square 5.
Knit the final stitch of Row 1 Square 5.
Cast on 24 stitches (49 sts in total).

Continue in pattern as before until you have finished Row 2 Square 1.

Row 2 Square 2
Pick up 24 stitches along the right hand side of Row 1 Square 4.
Pick up 24 stitches along the bottom of Row 2 Square 1.
Knit the final stitch of Row 2 Square 1 (49 sts in total).

Continue in pattern as before until you have finished Row 2 Square 2.

Row 2 Squares 3-5
Begin Row 2 Squares 3-5 in the same way as Row 2 Square 2 and continue in pattern as before.

That’s it for the second row of squares! Just keep repeating these instructions for the length you require. In my pattern there are five squares in the second row. Below there are some images of the work in progress.

Beginning of Row 2 Square 1

1.

Beginning of Row 2 Square 1

2.

Row 2 Square 1 completed

3.

1. Pick up 24 stitches on the right hand side of Row 1 Square 5, then knit the final stitch of Row 1 Square 5.  2. Cast on 24 stitches.  3. Continue in pattern as before until you have finished Row 2 Square 1.

Beginning of Row 2 Square 2

4.

Completed Row 2 Square 2

5.

Beginning Row 2 Square 3

6.

4. Pick up stitches along the right hand side of Row 1 Square 4, then pick up stitches along the bottom of Row 2 Square 1, then knit the final stitch of Row 2 Square 1.  5. Continue in pattern as before until you have finished Row 2 Square 2. 6. Begin Row 2 Square 3 in the same way as Row 2 Square 2.

Go to: The blanket that ‘makes’ itself Part 3 – subsequent rows

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