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New Pal

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Posted - 09/03/2006 :  08:11:35 AM  Show Profile Send SoSlowKnit a Private Message
Anyone out there have a nice knit pattern in worsted weight for an 8" x 8" afghan's for the Boston KnitOut afghan project...I was hoping for something with a center pattern that would be inspiring for a homeless family or needy child?

Many thanks!

Warming Up

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Posted - 09/03/2006 :  8:23:54 PM  Show Profile Send keebir a Private Message
here is one which might work:

a lighthouse shining a beacon to the future.
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New Pal

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Posted - 09/04/2006 :  05:15:12 AM  Show Profile Send SoSlowKnit a Private Message
Thanks!! Great ideas!

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 09/04/2006 :  05:18:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit carolbeech's Homepage Send carolbeech a Private Message
I'd also check your library for Barbara Walker books..........they are full of stitch patterns and ideas. Also lots of the dishcloth patterns would work (obviously the square ones) Good luck!
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Mama Bear
Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 09/04/2006 :  05:19:12 AM  Show Profile Send Mama Bear a Private Message
I'm not sure what you are after for a center pattern. Something like a small version of log cabin that moves out from the center or maybe an endless knot in the middle of a square?

I have a couple of 8" squares up on my blog here but their patterns are more repetitive. I do list stitch count and needle size, so maybe it would at least give you an idea for what effect you get with certain needle sizes and stitch count at the 8" size. The yarn I used was a worsted weight. Hope that helps.

Mama Bear

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Permanent Resident

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Posted - 09/04/2006 :  2:49:41 PM  Show Profile Send NastiJ a Private Message
I don't know about inspiration, but this probably would reflect how homeless/needy people feel:

Lily's Snide yet Subtle & Subversive Motif (worked over 7/11
When working this motif into a project, use st markers
before beginning and after end of motif to differentiate this varying
stitch count.
Rows 1 & 3 & 5 [WS], worked over 7 sts: k 1, p 5, k 1.
Rows 2 & 4 [RS]: p 1, k 5, p 1.
Row 6 [RS]: p 1, (k 1, yo) 4 times, k 1, p 1 = 11 sts.
Row 7: k 1, (p 1, k 1 thru back lp) 4 times, p 1, k 1 = 11
Rows 8 & 10 & 12 [RS]: p 1, k 9, p 1.
Rows 9 & 11 & 13 [WS]: (k 1, p 1) 5 times, k 1.
Row 14 [RS]: p 1, k 8, ssk = 10 sts.
Rows 15: [WS]: (p 1, k 1) across.
Row 16: p 1, k 7, p 2.
Row 17: k 2, p 7, k 1.
Row 18: k 2 tog, k 6, p 2 = 9 sts.
Row 19: k 2, (p 1, k 1) 3 times, p 1.
Row 20: p 1, k 2 tog, k 3, ssk, p 1 = 7 sts.
Row 21: k 1, (p 1, k 1) 3 times.
Rows 22 & 24 & 26 [RS]: p 2, k 3, p 2.
Rows 23 & 25 & 27 [WS]: k 3, p 1, k 3.
Row 28 [RS]: p across.
Row 29 [WS]: k across.

Nancy J.

"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck
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Warming Up

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Posted - 09/06/2006 :  10:22:55 AM  Show Profile Send EliotsSocks a Private Message
Why not try a log cabin square from the Mason Dixon book? It would be different than the other squares the other people are likely contributing -- and it would be a fast and easy knit, too.
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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 09/17/2006 :  9:03:02 PM  Show Profile Send Greyling a Private Message
Have you tried ?
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New Pal

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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  7:30:21 PM  Show Profile Send SoSlowKnit a Private Message
Thanks, all for your ideas! I found a decent washable wool yarn in white with a bit of silvery glitter running through it. I'm working up a trinity stitch pattern which is starting to look like tiny snowballs...hopefully, the square might end up in a baby/child's blanket!
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