A Few More Stitch Patterns

Diagonal Checks Multiple of 5 (I used 25 for the 7″ square)

Row 1: *P1, K4 continue from * to end

Row 2: *P3, K2 continue from * to end

Row 3: *P3, K2 continue from * to end

Row 4: *P1, K4 continue from * to end

Row 5: *K1, P4 continue from * to end

Row 6: *K3, P2 continue from * to end

Row 7: *K3, P2 continue from * to end

Row 8: *K1, P4 continue from * to end


Lozenge Seed Stitch Multiple of 12 +2, I used 26 stitches

Row 1: *K6, P2, K4*, K2

Row 2: P2, * (P2,K2) twice*, P4

Row 3:*K2, P2, K6, P2*, K2

Row 4: K2, *P10, K2 *

Row 5: *K2, P2, K6, P2*, K2

Row 6: P2, *(P2, K2) twice*, P4


Ladder Stitch Multiple of 8 + 5, I used 29 stitches

Row 1: K5, *P3, K5 continue from * to end

Row 2: P5, *K3, P5 continue from * to end

Row 3: repeat row 1

Row 4: repeat row 2

Row 5: K1, *P3, K5 continue from * to last 4 stitches: P3, K1

Row 6: P1, *K3, P5 continue from * to last 4 stitches: K3, P1

Row 7: repeat row 5

Row 8: repeat row 6


Gracious Parcels Waco

Hello everyone!  Sorry I havn’t reported before this, I’ve been very busy.  Finally getting caught up on everything.  We had our first Habitat for Humanity dedication last month.  It was wonderful.  The home is really nice and in an older part of Waco.  They made the porch bigger to fit in with the existing homes and then the construction mgr did a stained glass window in the front eave on the porch with a light, beautiful!  I haven’t downloaded pictures of the dedication yet, I will try to get that done this weekend.  I want to thank all that made this possible for the Waco family, they really appreciated the blanket!  I also want to again, thank firefly fo

Check out the Ghana Project

One of our members, Grammie Pammie, has started her own charity knitting project known as The Ghana Project. Her story is very touching and heart warming.

GP’s generosity is evident here in the Gracious Parcels blog when you see how many 7″ square patterns she has gracious contributed. Please take a moment to read her new blog about the Ghana Project and give her your support if you can.

Well done, GP!



Thank you to all who sent squares to Gracious Parcels, Waco! We now have 42 squares, just shy of enough to finish our first blanket! What a great bunch of knitters and crocheters! Special thanks to S. in Memphis who sent 5. I have 2 squares on the needles now and since I’ve up-ed the size, should be able to easily complete the few squares left in plenty of time to finish the blanket for the dedication at the end of this month. I will post pictures this weekend on my blog, so stop by and take a look!

I try to live by the words “give and you shall receive” and I know it is true that you receive much more than you give. Thank you, Firefly, for starting this. It has created a way for many to give.


Roman Numeral 10 Square

Inverness Diamonds

Yarn: Naturally Tussock although any aran weight will substitute well.

Needles: 4.5mm (US4.5)

Gauge: unknown (The square is now in a blanket and I didn’t measure before mailing)


Abbreviations: ss3 = Seed Stitch 3 stitches.

Cast on 27

Row 1-3: Seed Stitch

Rows 4-8: ss3, p or k 21, ss3

Row 9: (RS) ss3, k2, p17, k2, ss3

Row 10: ss3, p2, k17, p2, ss3

Row 11: ss3, k3, p3, k9, p3, k3, ss3

Row 12: ss3, p4, k3, p7, k3, p4, ss3

Row 13: ss3, k5, p3, k5, p3, k5, ss3

Row 14: ss3, p6, k3, p3, k3, p6, ss3

Row 15: ss3, k7, p3, k1, p3, k7, ss3

Row 16: ss3, p8, k5, p8

Row 17: Repeat row 16

Row 18: Repeat row 15

Row 19: Repeat row 14

Row 20: Repeat row 13

Row 21: Repeat row 12

Row 22: Repeat row 11

Row 23: Repeat row 10

Row 24: Repeat row 9

Rows 25 – 29: ss3, p or k 21, ss3

Rows 30 – 32: ss across

Bind off. I used the sewn bind off method for a neater edge.


Pattern by Dorothy

5 Color Texture Patterned Square

5 Color Texture Patterned Square

I have to admit to everyone that this pattern came from a Jo Sharp Workshop that my local knit shop had a year ago. It was wonderful to meet Jo Sharp. She signed a couple of books and we were able to hear her story. She has wonderful patterns. I have made several sweaters by her. I’ll try to post those at some point. Anyway here is the pattern. Any DK yarn will work. I used scraps left over from other projects. See photos. My colors were just random but all colors that I love. You will need 5 different DK yarns. I used a couple of tweeds and some alpaca that I had but any combination you love would work. (A DK Mohair would be fun to add in too!)
Multiple of 4 + 2

Row 1 (RS) K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end

Row 2 (WS) P2, keeping yarn at front of work, slip 2 purlwise, p2; rep from * to end

Repeat these 2 rows throughout

Size 6 Needle or size needed to obtain 7″ square

*Texture Patterned Square for Gracious Parcels

Using Color A, Cast on 42 sts and work in texture pattern as above in the following color sequence;

Rows 1-4 Col B

Rows 5-8 Col C

Rows 9 & 10 Col D

Row 11 & 12 Col E

Row 13 Col B

Rows 14-16 Col E

Rows 17 & 18 Col A

Repeat sequence until you have a 7″ square. I blocked my square in the end. I like the look but it isn’t necessary.

I hope you will try this pattern. It is very simple and gives the illusion of fair isle or at least I think it does.

Happy Knitting!


Progress on Gracious Parcels Spring ’07 Blankets

First Gracious Parcels Spring 07 Blanket Comes TogetherJust a brief post to show a photo of progress on the first sewn together blanket for Gracious Parcels Spring ’07. Read more about this at the I Live on a Farm blog.

I have also posted a “Photos” page here at the Gracious Parcels Blog. Check it out.

The photos I have posted there are some I shot one day when I had received a large batch of mail packets with squares. In a perfect world I would have had the time to photograph each contribution that came in and put up the photo with credit to the contributor.

This, however, is not a perfect world.