madgraceflint (madgraceflint) wrote in design_yer_own,

stitch sampler patchwork baby blanket

I'm knitting a baby blanket for a friend's baby that has recently arrived. I'm doing squares of different knitting stitches (i.e. moss stitch, checks, garter stitch, seed stitch, etc.). However, I'm finding that my gauge changes from square to square. I basically have been casting on 24 stitches for each square, but the length of the squares changes (one garter stitch square with the same amount of stitches lengthwise as a checked square ended up being a quarter longer).

Does anyone have ideas on whether it will be all right when I sew them together, or should I just eyeball it and make each square roughly the same size and just stitch them together with mattress stitch?
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Most flat stitches - garter, moss, etc. - will block out fairly uniformly. You may have to add two rows to accomodate for length. Most moss stitches will tuck, or shorten, more than garter, which is a very elastic stitch and the only one where the length and width of stitches is the same. Adding a couple of rows to everything but the garter stitch block will solve this problem, and it is easily hidden when sewing the blocks together.

If you are doing any sort of twisted stitch - sand stitch, cables, braids, etc. - you will need to add stitches so that the cables do not pull too much, as you can't really block them out without losing the effect of the cable.

There are a lot of sampler books on the market. If you don't want to purchase one, you may want to consider going and spending some time looking at the different suggestions for such block assemblies. Most will tell you to cast on a set number of stitches and knit in pattern to a specific length.
Thank you! I think I'll take a few off my garter stitch section. I also ended up doing one with ribs, but I think that should stretch out when I sew everything together.

My gauge changed with the different square according to my stress-level too-- two checked squares with the same amount of stitches had the difference of an inch on their lengths!

Btw-- I love your tatted icon- it's really beautiful. Is the center a button that you tatted around?
Garter stitch will uniformly be about 10% wider than most other stitches. It has a lot of horizontal spread. To compensate, the rule of thumb is to decrease your stitches about 85-90% of the number for other squares. It's just the nature of the beast!

Further, two rows of knitting will create one ridge. The number of ridges in a square will be the same as the number of stitches. It can be very creative to work with. Garter stitch is not simple!