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blanche and laurel Knitting Pattern

blanche and laurel

Designer: Amanda Walker

Make these quirky picture frames to keep your favourite memories safe

We all like to display our favourite holiday snaps and family photos, but why not make a statement with the frame itself and try these knitted versions, designed by Amanda Walker. They’re super quick to make and a great stash buster, too – we’ve used the strong-yet-soft Debbie Bliss Stella for ours, but any DK weight yarn would work just as well.

BLANCHE PATTERN

Longer side of frame (make two)

Cast on 44 sts in yarn A
[] Row 1: change to yarn B, k8, (p1, k1) four times, p3, k6, p3, (k1, p1) four times, k8
[] Row 2: p2tog, p6, (k1, p1) four times, k3, p6, k3, (p1, k1) four times, p6, p2tog
[] Row 3: k2tog, k5, (p1, k1) four times, p3, k6, p3, (k1, p1) four times, k5, k2tog
[] Row 4: p2tog, p4, (k1, p1) four times, k3, p6, k3, (p1, k1) four times, p4, p2tog
[] Row 5: k2tog, k3, (p1, k1) four times, p3, slip next three sts onto cable needle and hold at the front of work, k3, then knit the three sts from the cable needle, p3, (k1, p1) four times, k3, k2tog
[] Row 6: p2tog, p2, (k1, p1) four times, k3, p6, k3, (p1, k1) four times, p2, p2tog
[] Row 7: k2tog, k1, (p1, k1) four times, p3, k6, p3, (k1, p1) four times, k1, k2tog
[] Row 8: p2tog, (k1, p1) four times, k3, p6, k3, (p1, k1) four times, p2tog
[] Row 9: change to yarn A, k to end of row
[] Row 10: cast off


Shorter sides of frame (make two)

Cast on 36 sts in yarn A
[] Row 1: change to yarn B, k8, (p1, k1) twice, p3, k6, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k8
[] Row 2: p2tog, p6, (k1, p1) twice, k3, p6, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p6, p2tog
[] Row 3: k2tog, k5, (p1, k1) twice, p3, k6, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k5, k2tog
[] Row 4: p2tog, p4, (k1, p1) twice, k3, p6, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p4, p2tog
[] Row 5: k2tog, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p3, slip next three sts onto cable needle and hold at the front of work, k3, then knit three sts from the cable needle, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k3, k2tog
[] Row 6: p2tog, p2, (k1, p1) twice, k3, p6, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p2, p2tog
[] Row 7: k2tog, k1, (p1, k1) twice, p3, k6, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, k2tog
[] Row 8: p2tog, (k1, p1) twice, k3, p6, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p2tog
[] Row 9: change to yarn A, k to end of row
[] Row 10: cast off

Making Up
The four knitted strips form a frame with mitred corners; stitch the corners together and weave in ends. Press knitted frame into shape and then using a staple gun, attach it to the wooden frame.

LAUREL PATTERN

Side (make four)

Cast on 20 sts in yarn A
[] Work in st st for 12 rows
[] Row 13: k row, decrease on each end of row
[] Row 14: p row, decrease on each end of row
[] Row 15: k row, decrease on each end of row
[] Row 16: change to yarn B, p to end of row
[] Row 17: cast off
Repeat four times, to make four sides of frame

Making Up
Stitch the four pieces together using spare yarn. Weave in ends. Press and slide over frame, securing in place with staple gun.

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