Chain Link Pattern

Yarn: Vintage Wool by Berroco
Needles: US 8, 5 mm
Gauge: 26 sts and 28 rows to 10 cm/4 inches
Pattern: Chain Link Pattern
Stitch Count Repeat: Multiple of 7sts
Book: Charted Knitting Design: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Page: 144

Difficult Techniques: Cables
Comments: To create a truly square swatch, I would recommend decreasing stitches in the plain reverse stockinette before and after this pattern. The cabled portions pull the pattern in so that any portions of the swatch not cabled will ripple or buckle, even in a blockable fiber like wool.

Knit by: Amen on Ravelry

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Grand Trefoil

Grand Trefoil
Yarn: Cascade 220
Wraps Per Inch: 10 wpi
Needles: US #6
Gauge: 11 sts X 18 rows over 4 inches X 4 inches (10 cm X 10 cm) in pattern
Pattern: Grand Trefoil
Stitch Count Repeat: Multiple of 5 plus 3
Book: A Second Treasury of Knitting
Chapter: Lace Patterns
Page: 263

Like most lace, this pattern needs vigorous blocking or it looks a bit of a mess. I could have stretched it even more if I’d used a looser cast on and bind off and hadn’t surrounded the swatch with a garter stitch border. Walker does recommend a very loose cast on and bind off in the book. It’s a garter-based lace and as such, is reversible and does not curl. No picture of the back this time. The book appears to show the pattern in a crochet cotton thread or lace-weight type of yarn so I thought I’d try it in worsted weighted weight. A very easy pattern but it helps to pay attention as picking up dropped stitches is a challenge.

Knit by: phoenix

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