Masterclass - modular knitting

27th May 2013

If you’ve never tried it before, modular-style knitting can be a little confusing. Get to grips using our step-by-step guide.

Layla Chelache’s beautiful Barnacle scarf from issue 54 is knitted in small sections, which are joined together by picking up and knitting. Here, we have knitted the first five blocks in different colours, to show you how to connect the different pieces of this amazing creation.

After knitting and casting off Block 1, cast on 9 sts onto your needle (we have used the long-tail method for extra stretch - the cable method would also be fine). Then pick up and knit across the slipped stitches at the end of each row of Block 1 (this will be 20 sts), then turn the work and cable cast on another 8 sts. You could also use the backward loop cast-on, if you are confident at controlling the tension (it is easy to make it too loose).

Once you’ve finished Block 2, pick up and knit 9 sts along the cast-on edge (not the slipped sts at row ends) of Block 2. 
Turn the work and cable cast on 28 sts.

After Block 3 is complete you need to make Block 4 directly above Block 2. Create this new block in exactly the same way you did for Block 2 (see step 1 for details). 

After you’ve knitted Block 4, pick up and knit 9 sts along the cast-on edge (not the slipped sts at row ends) of Block 4, then pick up and knit across the slipped stitches at the end of each row of Block 3 (this will be 20 sts), then turn the work and cable cast on another 8 sts. 

Here are the first 5 blocks of the scarf. We have knitted each one darker than the next to make the layout absolutely clear.

 

 

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