I hope you’re all enjoying this series and coming up with some fabulous ideas for your Stitch Block Afghans.
Today’s Block, Delicate Rosettes, is a playful pattern that is created by working a series of Rosettes that use Centered Double Decreases, and bobbles on a Stockinette ground. If you’re not familiar with either of these two techniques, cast on and start practicing and you’ll soon see how simple they are.
Block #4 Delicate Rosettes by Lisa Carnahan
- Worsted weight yarn
- Size 9 (5.25mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
20 sts = 4 inches/10cm in St st
Centered Double Decrease: (CDD): Slip next 2 sts as if to k2tog, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over knit st to dec 2 sts.
Make 5 stitch Bobble (M5B): (K1, yo, k1, yo, k1) in next st, turn, p5, turn, k3, k2tog, pass 3 sts, one at a time over k2tog. Note: To make bobble more pronounced, bring yarn to front, pull the bobble forward, wrap yarn tightly once around base of bobble and take yarn to back.
Cast on 52 sts. Knit 6 rows.
Next row: Knit, inc 1 st across row—53 sts.
Work pattern as follows:
Rows 1, 3, 11 and 13 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 and all even-number rows: K4, purl to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 5: K4, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5; rep from * to last 9 sts, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k4.
Row 7: K4, *k1, yo, CDD, yo, k6; rep from * to last 9 sts, k1, yo, CDD, yo, k5.
Row 9: K4, *k2, M5B, k7; rep from * to last 9 sts, k2, M5B, k6.
Row 15: K4, *k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 9 sts, k9.
Row 17: K4, *k6, yo, CDD, yo, k1; rep from * to last 9 sts, k9.
Row 19: K4, *k7, M5B, k2; rep from * to last 9 sts, k9.
Row 20: K4, purl to last 4 sts, k4.
Rep Rows 1–20 until piece measures 11 inches, ending by working a RS row.
Next row: Knit, dec 1 st across row—52 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Bind off all sts loosely. ❖
Delicate Rosettes Chart