Welcome to the theme for December:

CLEAR THE DECKS

I'm sure we all have bags or boxes that look like this:

Look at each ball carefully.

Is there enough yarn left to make 1 Plain Jane?

No? Then maybe a 2 colour stripe or diagonal,

a 3 colour stripe, or a granny square?

Or, if you're thinking big, how about taking inspiration from this masterpiece?

Celebrating Yarn November Theme 2018

(Take a bow, Amy from the USA).

Of course it may be that you have a pile of squares waiting for the ends to be darned in. This is the month to finish them off and get them sent to South Africa.

If you like making hats, hand-warmers or toys, this is also the month for you as these are ideal uses for those partially used balls of yarn.

Hats and Handwarmers

Pattern on the Month 12-15

So, no excuses -

there's something for everyone this month -

and think how good it will feel to Clear those Decks!

 

You will find the Album for this month at:

http://square-circle-forum.ning.com/photo/albums/december-2019-them...

 

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Absolutely BEAUTIFUL !! Many Thanks Christine for this beauty. 

WOW Chris, your blanket is lovely!  The butterfly is exceptionally pretty and a great addition to this beauty!  xo

The butterfly stands out beautifully in amongst these strong colours, Chris. I'm intrigued as to how you've sewn it on - the antennae in particular look hand stitched. (I can see the photo the right way up too).

Patricia, the stitching is very simple and not great, but I always  use clear thread to mask my poor sewing skills! This was probably the easiest applique to ever sew on to a blanket, it wasn’t thick material and the needle slipped through easily. I was so pleased with it...... I bought 2 more for future blankets :))....... the decks don’t stay clear for very long!

Wow this is tremendous,.    Delicious colours +applique!

Stunning blanket, Chris.   The butterfly looks ethereal.   This blanket will be cherished for a long, long time.

I love butterflies of all kinds but this one is really divine! It goes very well with the blanket.

Your blankets are all so beautiful, chris,  and the colours  here so different, Love the butterfly.

I chose the Framed Stripe Square as Pattern of the Month because it seemed a good fit for this theme. I then realised I'd never actually made this pattern myself, which seemed a little unfair of me, so here is my attempt.

Unfortunately, it has come out as a 7" square instead of 8". I've never considered myself to be a particularly tight knitter but can anybody tell me if the fault is with me or the pattern?

I shall have to add some sort of border to bring it up to size so I'll post another photo when I've decided what to do.

Patricia, your first attempt at the Framed Stripes square is beautiful.  I love the Christmassy colors you chose.  Well done!!!

I think (as with many of our KPB patterns), the number of starting stitches or rows stated is more for a guideline.  It will depend on your yarn choice, needle size, and personal tension.  Unless a specific stitch count is required for a pattern (which in this case it isn't ) I just start with whatever number of stitches I need to get 8".

If you try this one again, just add a few stitches to your initial cast on and add a few more rows and it should work out right.

I hope this helps ... xo 

Thank you, Gloria. I didn't think to measure it until I was a fair way up and by that time I didn't have the heart to unpick it all. I normally prefer to knit squares as a diagonal which helpfully gets round the problem of sizing.

Your Christmas Color Stripes are beautiful!   I love the look of this pattern.

I am only a beginner knitter, and struggle all the time with tension and getting things to match the pattern, so I developed a "cheat" to bring squares up to size for KAS.   I crochet a chain-stitch border around the square.   *Single crochet, chain 1, skip the next stitch* (sometimes along the sides of knitting you will need to skip 2 or even 3, whatever lays flat and smooth), repeat * to *.  Corners are (sc, ch 2, sc) all in the corner stitch.  Repeat for as many rounds as needed.   Can be made in the same or contrasting colors.

I also think this makes it easy to see the stitches on all sides when attaching the squares together.   That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!     I hope this helps you with a quick and easy solution.

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