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Log cabin skirt Novita Nalle, Nalle Taika, Nordic Wool and Baby Merino

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Swatches worked with the log cabin technique make up this amazing skirt. All in all, it takes 122 square swatches, plus a few triangles for shaping.
Magazine Novita Syksy 2019 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 12
Skill level Intermediate
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Log cabin skirt Novita Nalle, Nalle Taika, Nordic Wool and Baby Merino
Log cabin skirt Novita Nalle, Nalle Taika, Nordic Wool and Baby Merino

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    Availability:In stock
    SKU N031912
    Pattern details
    Size
    S/M(L/XL)

    Yarn demand
    Novita Nalle
    (010) Off White <150(150) g,
    (061) Linen 150(150) g and
    (694) Bark 100(150) g

    Nalle Taika (815) Brush 150(150) g

    Nordic Wool (509) Icy Flower 100(100) g and

    Baby Merino (326) Silver Willow 50(100) g

    Needles and other supplies
    Double-pointed needles Novita 2½–3 mm (UK 11–12½ / US 1½–2½) or size needed for gauge;
    for half pieces and the waist border a 2½–3 mm circular needle (60 cm / 24 in or 80 cm / 32 in)

    Other supplies
    Light-coloured skirt zipper, 20 cm (8 in)

    Designer
    Sisko Sälpäkivi

    Details

    Log cabin block A

    Work in garter stitch. See layout plan for direction of knitting.

    1. Starting square: using Bark cast on 5 sts and work 5 rows. Break yarn.

    2. Switch to Icy Flower and work 6 rows. Leave the sts on hold on the needle.

    3. On the WS move the yarn to the left end of the needle. Using a free needle pick up and knit 3 sts from the left edge of the work (previous piece) and 5 sts from the starting square = 8 sts. Work 5 rows, break yarn and leave the sts on hold on the needle.

    4. Switch to Silver Willow. Pick up 3 sts from the left end (previous piece) and 5 sts from the starting square = 8 sts. Work 5 rows. The yarn is now at the right end.

    Move the yarn to the left end: *slip 2 sts, bring yarn to front, slip 1 st, bring yarn to back*, repeat *–* to end of row.

    5. Using a free needle pick up 3 sts from the edge of previous piece, 5 sts from the starting square and 3 sts from the other piece = 11 sts. Work 5 rows and break yarn.

    6. Switch to Off White. Using a free needle pick up 3 sts from the left edge of the previous piece, knit the 5 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 11 sts. Work 5 rows, then move the yarn to the left end as established at 4.

    7. Pick up 3 sts from the previous piece, knit the 8 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 14 sts. Work 5 rows and break yarn. Leave the sts on hold.

    8. Switch to Brush. Pick up 3 sts from the previous piece, knit the 8 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 14 sts. Work 5 rows, then move the yarn to the left end as established at 4.

    9. Pick up 3 sts from the previous piece, knit the 11 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 17 sts. Work 5 rows and break yarn.

    10. Switch to Linen. Pick up 3 sts from the previous piece, knit the 11 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 17 sts. Work 5 rows, then bind off all but the last st.

    11. Pick up 2 sts from the previous piece (1 st already on the needle), knit the 14 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts from the other piece = 20 sts. Work 5 rows and bind off all but the last st. Bind off the last st using the next colour.

    12. Switch to Bark. Pick up 2 sts from the previous piece (1 st already on the needle), knit the 14 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts from the other piece = 20 sts.

    Work 5 rows and bind off all but the last st.

    13. Pick up 2 sts from the previous piece, knit the 17 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 23 sts. Work 5 rows and bind off.

    Knit a total of 45(61) blocks in this manner.

    Log cabin block B

    Work like block A but using the following colours:

    1. Starting square: Brush. 2–3: Icy Flower. 4–5: Silver Willow. 6–7: Linen. 8–9: Bark. 10–11: Off White. 12–13: Brush.

    Knit a total of 45(61) blocks with this colour scheme.

    Assembling of A and B blocks

    Steam the blocks lightly and weave in.

    Assemble the blocks following the diagram. Sew the blocks together using overcast seaming (whip stitching). Insert the needle through the edgemost loops only.

    Triangle C (see diagram)

    Using Off White pick up and knit 23 sts (back loops) from the edges of both squares and 1 st from the middle = 47 sts. Knit the WS row. On the next row k2tog through back loop, k20, k3tog, k20, k2tog = 43 sts. Knit the WS row. Next row: k2tog through back loop, k18, k3tog, k18, k2tog = 39 sts. Knit the WS row.

    Switch to Linen and continue decreasing as established. 4 sts decreased on each RS row, 2 sts less between the decreases after each time (16, 14, 12, etc.). Work 6 rows with Linen and 6 rows with Icy Flower, then use Brush for the rest of the piece. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 7(9) pieces in this manner.

    Small triangle D (see diagram)

    Using Off White pick up 23 sts from the adjoining block and knit the WS row. At the right end k2tog through back loop and at the left end k2tog. Decrease in this manner until you run out of sts. Stripe as triangle C. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 2(0) pieces in this manner.

    Triangle E (see diagram)

    Using Linen pick up and knit 23 sts (back loops) from the edges of both squares and 1 st from the middle = 47 sts. Knit the WS row. On the next row k2tog through back loop, k20, k3tog, k20, k2tog = 43 sts. Knit the WS row. Next row: k2tog through back loop, k18, k3tog, k18, k2tog = 39 sts. Knit the WS row.

    Switch to Off White and continue decreasing as established. 4 sts decreased on each RS row, 2 sts less between the decreases after each time (16, 14, 12, etc.). Work 6 rows with Off White and 6 rows with Icy Flower, then use Bark for the rest of the piece. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 3(0) pieces with these colours.

    Triangle F (see diagram)

    Using Brush pick up and knit 23 sts (back loops) from the edges of both squares and 1 st from the middle = 47 sts. Knit the WS row. On the next row k2tog through back loop, k20, k3tog, k20, k2tog = 43 sts. Knit the WS row. Next row: k2tog through back loop, k18, k3tog, k18, k2tog = 39 sts. Knit the WS row.

    Switch to Bark and continue decreasing as established. 4 sts decreased on each RS row, 2 sts less between the decreases after each time (16, 14, 12, etc.). Work 6 rows with Bark and 6 rows with Silver Willow, then use Brush for the rest of the piece. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 6(7) pieces with these colours.

    Small triangle G (see diagram)

    Using Brush pick up 23 sts from the adjoining square. Knit the WS row. At the right end k2tog through back loop and at the left end k2tog. Decrease in this manner until you run out of sts. Stripe as triangle F. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 2(2) pieces with these colours.

    Triangle H (see diagram)

    Using Bark pick up 23 sts (back loops) from the edges of both squares and 1 st from the middle = 47 sts. Knit the WS row. On the next row k2tog through back loop, k20, k3tog, k20, k2tog = 43 sts. Knit the WS row. Next row: k2tog through back loop, k18, k3tog, k18, k2tog = 39 sts. Knit the WS row.

    Switch to Brush and continue decreasing as established. 4 sts decreased on each RS row, 2 sts less between the decreases after each time (16, 14, 12, etc.). Work 6 rows with Brush and 6 rows with Silver Willow, then use Bark for the rest of the piece. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 0(4) pieces with these colours.

    Finishing

    Sew the middle back seam (marked in red in the diagram), leaving an approx. 20 cm long slit for the zipper.

    Border: Using Linen and the circular needle pick up sts from the top edge of the piece. Start from the right end. Pick up 40(40) sts from both slanted sections at the ends and 19(17) sts from each log cabin block = 156(182) sts. Work 3 rows in garter st. On the next row evenly decrease 10(16) sts =146(166) sts. Work 3 more rows in garter st, then bind off.

    Sew on the zipper.

    Lightly steam the skirt.

    Pattern instructions
    Finished dimensions
    waist approx. 72(90) cm / 28¼(35½) in length at middle front 63(72) cm / 24¾(28¼) in

    Stitch patterns & gauge
    Stitch pattern
    - Garter stitch: knit all rows.
    - Log cabin blocks: work garter stitch following the instructions.

    Gauge
    Log cabin block approx. 9 cm x 9 cm (3½ in x 3½ in)


    Log cabin block A

    Work in garter stitch. See layout plan for direction of knitting.

    1. Starting square: using Bark cast on 5 sts and work 5 rows. Break yarn.

    2. Switch to Icy Flower and work 6 rows. Leave the sts on hold on the needle.

    3. On the WS move the yarn to the left end of the needle. Using a free needle pick up and knit 3 sts from the left edge of the work (previous piece) and 5 sts from the starting square = 8 sts. Work 5 rows, break yarn and leave the sts on hold on the needle.

    4. Switch to Silver Willow. Pick up 3 sts from the left end (previous piece) and 5 sts from the starting square = 8 sts. Work 5 rows. The yarn is now at the right end.

    Move the yarn to the left end: *slip 2 sts, bring yarn to front, slip 1 st, bring yarn to back*, repeat *–* to end of row.

    5. Using a free needle pick up 3 sts from the edge of previous piece, 5 sts from the starting square and 3 sts from the other piece = 11 sts. Work 5 rows and break yarn.

    6. Switch to Off White. Using a free needle pick up 3 sts from the left edge of the previous piece, knit the 5 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 11 sts. Work 5 rows, then move the yarn to the left end as established at 4.

    7. Pick up 3 sts from the previous piece, knit the 8 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 14 sts. Work 5 rows and break yarn. Leave the sts on hold.

    8. Switch to Brush. Pick up 3 sts from the previous piece, knit the 8 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 14 sts. Work 5 rows, then move the yarn to the left end as established at 4.

    9. Pick up 3 sts from the previous piece, knit the 11 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 17 sts. Work 5 rows and break yarn.

    10. Switch to Linen. Pick up 3 sts from the previous piece, knit the 11 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 17 sts. Work 5 rows, then bind off all but the last st.

    11. Pick up 2 sts from the previous piece (1 st already on the needle), knit the 14 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts from the other piece = 20 sts. Work 5 rows and bind off all but the last st. Bind off the last st using the next colour.

    12. Switch to Bark. Pick up 2 sts from the previous piece (1 st already on the needle), knit the 14 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts from the other piece = 20 sts.

    Work 5 rows and bind off all but the last st.

    13. Pick up 2 sts from the previous piece, knit the 17 sts on the needle, pick up 3 sts = 23 sts. Work 5 rows and bind off.

    Knit a total of 45(61) blocks in this manner.

    Log cabin block B

    Work like block A but using the following colours:

    1. Starting square: Brush. 2–3: Icy Flower. 4–5: Silver Willow. 6–7: Linen. 8–9: Bark. 10–11: Off White. 12–13: Brush.

    Knit a total of 45(61) blocks with this colour scheme.

    Assembling of A and B blocks

    Steam the blocks lightly and weave in.

    Assemble the blocks following the diagram. Sew the blocks together using overcast seaming (whip stitching). Insert the needle through the edgemost loops only.

    Triangle C (see diagram)

    Using Off White pick up and knit 23 sts (back loops) from the edges of both squares and 1 st from the middle = 47 sts. Knit the WS row. On the next row k2tog through back loop, k20, k3tog, k20, k2tog = 43 sts. Knit the WS row. Next row: k2tog through back loop, k18, k3tog, k18, k2tog = 39 sts. Knit the WS row.

    Switch to Linen and continue decreasing as established. 4 sts decreased on each RS row, 2 sts less between the decreases after each time (16, 14, 12, etc.). Work 6 rows with Linen and 6 rows with Icy Flower, then use Brush for the rest of the piece. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 7(9) pieces in this manner.

    Small triangle D (see diagram)

    Using Off White pick up 23 sts from the adjoining block and knit the WS row. At the right end k2tog through back loop and at the left end k2tog. Decrease in this manner until you run out of sts. Stripe as triangle C. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 2(0) pieces in this manner.

    Triangle E (see diagram)

    Using Linen pick up and knit 23 sts (back loops) from the edges of both squares and 1 st from the middle = 47 sts. Knit the WS row. On the next row k2tog through back loop, k20, k3tog, k20, k2tog = 43 sts. Knit the WS row. Next row: k2tog through back loop, k18, k3tog, k18, k2tog = 39 sts. Knit the WS row.

    Switch to Off White and continue decreasing as established. 4 sts decreased on each RS row, 2 sts less between the decreases after each time (16, 14, 12, etc.). Work 6 rows with Off White and 6 rows with Icy Flower, then use Bark for the rest of the piece. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 3(0) pieces with these colours.

    Triangle F (see diagram)

    Using Brush pick up and knit 23 sts (back loops) from the edges of both squares and 1 st from the middle = 47 sts. Knit the WS row. On the next row k2tog through back loop, k20, k3tog, k20, k2tog = 43 sts. Knit the WS row. Next row: k2tog through back loop, k18, k3tog, k18, k2tog = 39 sts. Knit the WS row.

    Switch to Bark and continue decreasing as established. 4 sts decreased on each RS row, 2 sts less between the decreases after each time (16, 14, 12, etc.). Work 6 rows with Bark and 6 rows with Silver Willow, then use Brush for the rest of the piece. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 6(7) pieces with these colours.

    Small triangle G (see diagram)

    Using Brush pick up 23 sts from the adjoining square. Knit the WS row. At the right end k2tog through back loop and at the left end k2tog. Decrease in this manner until you run out of sts. Stripe as triangle F. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 2(2) pieces with these colours.

    Triangle H (see diagram)

    Using Bark pick up 23 sts (back loops) from the edges of both squares and 1 st from the middle = 47 sts. Knit the WS row. On the next row k2tog through back loop, k20, k3tog, k20, k2tog = 43 sts. Knit the WS row. Next row: k2tog through back loop, k18, k3tog, k18, k2tog = 39 sts. Knit the WS row.

    Switch to Brush and continue decreasing as established. 4 sts decreased on each RS row, 2 sts less between the decreases after each time (16, 14, 12, etc.). Work 6 rows with Brush and 6 rows with Silver Willow, then use Bark for the rest of the piece. Securely weave in.

    Knit a total of 0(4) pieces with these colours.

    Finishing

    Sew the middle back seam (marked in red in the diagram), leaving an approx. 20 cm long slit for the zipper.

    Border: Using Linen and the circular needle pick up sts from the top edge of the piece. Start from the right end. Pick up 40(40) sts from both slanted sections at the ends and 19(17) sts from each log cabin block = 156(182) sts. Work 3 rows in garter st. On the next row evenly decrease 10(16) sts =146(166) sts. Work 3 more rows in garter st, then bind off.

    Sew on the zipper.

    Lightly steam the skirt.


    Skill levels

    Beginner

    Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

    Technique

    Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

    Patterns

    All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

    Adventurous beginner

    Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

    Technique

    Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

    Intermediate

    So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

    Technique

    In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

    Patterns

    Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

    Advanced

    Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

    Technique

    On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

    Gauge & Swatching

    Gauge and Swatching

    Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

    Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

    Adjusting gauge

    If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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