I've joined the Knit a Block a Week Challenge hosted by Linda at Linda's Crafty Corner. It was a hard choice to pick just one block to knit, but since I have other projects on the go at the moment, I did choose only one block.
Block No. 94 "Toronto" of the book 200 Knitted Blocks was the finalist this week. The name of the block jumped out at me since I live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) in Ontario. So, of course, it was meant to be, and here is my version of the block.
I knit this with some type of acrylic, but I seem to have lost the wrapper. It's just inexpensive stuff from Michael's craft store. I'm still not very good with understanding different types of yarn (ie. sport weight, double knit ...), so I can only tell you that the yarn is 4-ply, and my finished block measured 7 1/2 " across, knit on size 6 US needles. The squares are supposed to be 6" across, so I'll have to go down a size in needles to accomplish that I guess. The garter stitch knitting in this block is quite dense, and the block is made up of 4 smaller squares which are joined together to form the "X" in the middle, all of which makes for a very sturdy block indeed.
I like the way the square knits up because the double increase in the middle of each row pulls the row into a point and you're actually knitting a diamond shape. When it's off the needles, it looks like you knit one way and then another, but it's just straight knitting and was really very easy to do. The sewing up gave me more grief, but I just had to be careful that I joined the little squares on the right edge, otherwise a narrow gap formed between the blocks.
I like the colour combinations in this variegated yarn, and as I took the photos, I realized the same colours were mirrored in my little Christmas cactus.
And here's a little peek at the project that is nearing completion for my son. I'm sure some of you will be able to guess what it is, but don't ruin the surprise for others!
I just need to buy some more yarn to complete it ... I can't wait to have it finished :)
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