Day Three Knitmas

On the third day of Knitmas….

Day Three – The best presents come in Little Boxes…

This stitch pattern may appear familiar from the Don’t Be A Square cowl from issue nine : iowa / nebraska, and you’ll see it again in issue eleven : head over heels in a collection of socks, hat, and coozie called Little Boxes.

Notes: This section is stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle. You will be working with two colors / two strands of yarn on each row of colorwork. As you work across the row, loosely carry the color you are not working on the WS of the work. When knitting a RS row, these strands will be in the back; when knitting a WS row, the strands will be in the front. To keep your tension even, avoid tugging on the carried yarn when you change colors. 

Directions for this section are written out, and a chart is included for your reference. The chart does not have a color key because you will be working through it with multiple color combinations. The color changes are described in the written directions.

For the neatest appearance on the WS, be consistent with which strand is on top and bottom. The strand on the bottom will appear slightly more prominent in the colorwork, so I typically choose the top strand for the background color. For example, in the first colorwork row below, carry the C2 strand below the C3 strand as you work across the row. When you finish working a colorwork row, just drop the strand to the WS; it will be right where you need it to work the next row. 

This section uses all four colorways. If your colorways don’t give enough contrast to work all of the combinations, feel free to skip those that don’t, working a shorter section.

We recommend changing needle sizes at each colorwork section, specifically going up in size by 1 increment (for example, if you’ve been knitting with a US 5/ 3.75mm, go up to a US 6/ 4.0mm); the pattern will direct you when to do it.

If this is your first foray into colorwork, know that we’re incredibly proud of you! 

Directions

Using C3:

Row 1: k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2: k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Work Rows 1 & 2 once more. 4 rows SS. 

Switch to larger needles.

Add C2 and follow written directions or chart (Rows 1 – 6, then 1 – 3) below:

Row 1 (RS): k5 with C3, sm, k2 (1) with C3, [k3 with C2, k3 with C3] to 2 (1) sts before marker, k2 (1) with C3, sm, k2 with C3, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2 (WS): k5 with C3, sm, p2 (1) with C3, [p1 with C3, p1 with C2] to 2 (1) sts before marker, p2 (1) with C3, sm, k2 with C3, sl 3 wyif.

Row 3: as Row 1. 

Row 4: k5 with C3, sm, p2 (1) with C3, [p3 with C2, p3 with C3] to 2 (1) sts before marker, p2 (1) with C3, sm, k2 with C3, sl 3 wyif. 

Row 5: k5 with C3, sm, k2 (1) with C3, [k1 with C3, k1 with C2] to 2 (1) sts before marker, k2 (1) with C3, sm, k2 with C3, sl 3 wyif.

Row 6: as Row 4. 

Row 7: as Row 1.

Row 8: as Row 2.

Row 9: as Row 1. Cut C2.

Switch to smaller needles.

Using C3:

Next row (WS): k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Row 1: k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2: k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Work Rows 1 & 2 once more. 5 rows SS.

Switch to larger needles. 

Add C2 and follow written directions or chart (Rows 1 – 3) below:

Row 1 (RS): k5 with C3, sm, k2 (1) with C3, [k3 with C2, k3 with C3] to 2 (1) sts before marker, k2 (1) with C3, sm, k2 with C3, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2 (WS): k5 with C3, p2 (1) with C3, [p1 with C3, p1 with C2] to 2 (1) sts before marker, p2 (1) with C3, sm, k2 with C3, sl 3 wyif.

Row 3: as Row 1. Cut C3.

Switch to smaller needles.

Using C2:

Next row (WS): k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Row 1: k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2: k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Work Rows 1 & 2 once more. 5 rows SS.

Switch to larger needles.

Add C1 and follow written directions or chart (Rows 1 – 3) below:

Row 1 (RS): k5 with C2, sm, k2 (1) with C2, [k3 with C1, k3 with C2] to 2 (1) sts before marker, k2 (1) with C2, sm, k2 with C2, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2 (WS): k5 with C2, sm, p2 (1) with C2, [p1 with C2, p1 with C1] to 2 (1) sts before marker, p2 (1) with C2, sm, k2 with C2, sl 3 wyif.

Row 3: as Row 1. Cut C2.

Switch to smaller needles.

Using C1:

Next row (WS): k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Row 1: k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2: k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Work Rows 1 & 2 once more. 5 rows SS.

Switch to larger needles.

Add C4 and follow written directions or chart (Rows 1 – 3) below:

Row 1 (RS): k5 with C1, sm, k2 (1) with C1, [k3 with C1, k3 with C4] to 2 (1) sts before marker, k2 (1) with C1, sm, k2 with C1, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2 (WS): k5 with C1, sm, p2 (1) with C1, [p1 with C4, p1 with C1] to 2 (1) sts before marker, p2 (1) with C1, sm, k2 with C1, sl 3 wyif.

Row 3: as Row 1. Cut C1.

Switch to smaller needles.

Using C4:

Next row (WS): k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Row 1: k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2: k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Work Rows 1 & 2 once more. 5 rows SS.

Switch to larger needles.

Add C1 and follow written directions or chart (Rows 1 – 6, then 1 – 3) below:

Row 1 (RS): k5 with C4, sm, k2 (1) with C4, [k3 with C1, k3 with C4] to 2 (1) sts before marker, k2 (1) with C4, sm, k2 with C4, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2 (WS): k5 with C4, sm, p2 (1) with C4, [p1 with C4, p1 with C1] to 2 (1) sts before marker, p2 (1) with C4, sm, k2 with C4, sl 3 wyif.

Row 3: as Row 1. 

Row 4: k5 with C4, sm, p2 (1) with C4, [p3 with C1, p3 with C4] to 2 (1) sts before marker, p2 (1) with C4, sm, k2 with C4, sl 3 wyif.

Row 5: k5 with C4, sm, k2 (1) with C4, [k1 with C4, k1 with C1] to 2 (1) sts before marker, k2 (1) with C4, sm, k2 with C4, sl 3 wyif.

Row 6: as Row 4. 

Row 7: as Row 1.

Row 8: as Row 2.

Row 9: as Row 1. Cut C1.

Switch to smaller needles.

Using C4:

Next row (WS): k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Row 1: k5, sm, k to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2: k5, sm, p to marker, sm, k2, sl 3 wyif. 

Work Rows 1 & 2 once more. 5 rows SS. Cut C4.

 

Yarn used:

C1 – 4 (12) grams

C2 – 2.25 (6.5) grams

C3 – 4.25 (12.5) grams

C4 – 4.5 (13) grams

 

The PDF of Day Three can be downloaded here: Twelve Days of Knitmas 2021 Day 3

If you would like to add it to your Ravelry patterns, please click here.

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