Ancient Runes Blanket In progress

by Nyssareen

image ©2022 Nyssareen
image ©2022 Nyssareen
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image ©2022 Nyssareen
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image ©2022 Nyssareen
image ©2022 Nyssareen
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Craft
Knitting
Pattern
Various
Tools
US Size 8 (5.0 mm) 5" needle tips, US Size 7 (4.5 mm) 5" needle tips, US Size 6 (4.0 mm) 5" needle tips, 37" cable for magic loop
Notes
I will be making 24 differently patterned squares for the Ancient Runes assignment at FiberKind's Ilvermorny campus. I am using different colors of Lion Brand's Heartland yarn. I will be trying to keep all my stitch patterns from those in a book I have owned for many years, called "Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns" which was published in the US in 2005 by the Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.

Project journal

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2022-11-28 20:37:40 UTC

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Square #11 uses the "Floral Lace" pattern from https://www.knitting-bee.com/knitting-stitch-library/charts-only/lace-knitting-charts/knitted-floral-lace-chart. This square is a representation of the rune Raido from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "journey, riding" I chose this stitch to represent this rune because I made this square for the Pukwudgie House Challenge 2022 to Sanremo, Italy. I chose the Lion Brand Heartland colorway Kobuk Valley because it is a beautiful purple that matched the bougainvillea I found growing on walls throughout the city. The square is made using 43.58 gr/77.03 yds of yarn using US size 4 (4.5 mm) needles. It is 45 stitches by 78 rows and measures 10½” x 10½”.


2022-11-07 01:05:39 UTC

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Square #10 uses the "Falling Leaves" pattern from page 178 of my pattern book. This square is a representation of the rune Berkana from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "birch, birth, beginnings" I chose this stitch to represent this rune because birch trees are deciduous trees whose leaves change color and fall in the autumn, just like the stitch represents. I chose the Lion Brand Heartland colorway Yosemite because it is a gorgeous fall orange color that worked perfectly for the falling leaves image. The square is made using 36.23 gr/64.04 yds of yarn using US size 8 (5.0 mm) needles. It is 39 stitches by 64 rows and measures 10” x 10”.

I was feeling like absolute crap all weekend while working on this square, so I was surprised that I didn’t make any glaring mistakes! I did, however, make a mistake when I pinned it out. When I was editing the pictures to post, I was so frustrated because none of them showed the beautiful leaves, then I finally realized that I had pinned it out wrong-side-up! I shared the wrong-side-up picture too, just to show that it is passably pretty on the wrong side too, though it is MUCH prettier right side up!


2022-10-10 00:33:28 UTC

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Square #9 uses the "Gothic Arches" pattern from page 184 of my pattern book. This square is a representation of the rune Isa from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "ice, standstill" I chose this stitch to represent this rune because this square is also my entry for the Wampus House Challenge - Alaskan Inside Passage Fiber Crafts Cruise. The square is made using 42.85 gr/75.74 yds of Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn in the color Glacier Bay, which is a very pretty greenish blue that mimics the colors of the Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. I used US size 6 (4.0 mm) needles and the square is 47 stitches by 76 rows for a final measurement of 10¼” x 10¼”.


2022-09-10 23:03:16 UTC

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Square #8 uses the "Little Roses" pattern from page 238 of my pattern book. This square is a representation of the rune Thurisaz from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "giant, thorn, focused power" I chose this stitch to represent this rune both because it bears a resemblance to the rune, but also because thorns and roses go together. The square is made using 46.54 grams or 82.26 yards of Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn in the color Badlands, which is a lovely deep rose, bordering on burgundy. This is another color that did not photograph well, but is really quite stunning and makes me think of beautiful, dark red roses. I used US size 6 (4.0 mm) needles and the square is 47 stitches by 76 rows for a final measurement of 10½” x 10½”. There is a pretty obvious mistake in the last pattern row, but since I didn’t notice it until I was unpinning it from the blocking board, it is there to stay!


2022-06-16 22:40:42 UTC

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Square #7 uses the "Ostrich Plumes" pattern from page 223 of my pattern book. This square is a representation of the rune Algiz from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "self-defense, protection." I chose this stitch to represent this rune both because I thought it looked similar to the rune, but also because ostriches are very good at self-defense and protection. The square is made using 40 grams or 70.7 yards of Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn in the color Black Canyon, which is a gorgeous deep black (which does NOT show the detail of this pretty stitch well in pics!). I used size 6 (4.0 mm) needles and the square is 43 stitches by 74 rows for a final measurement of 10¼” x 10¼”.


2022-06-06 00:48:12 UTC

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Square #6 uses the "Overlapping Waves" pattern from page 209 of my pattern book. This square is a representation of the rune Fehu from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "wealth, money, and cattle" but I chose this stitch for the rune because I thought it looked similar to the design of the rune. The square is made using 41.24 grams or 72.9 yards of Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn in the color Olympic, which is a beautiful, deep blue. I used size 7 (4.5 mm) needles and the square is 43 stitches by 76 rows for a final measurement of 10¼” x 10¼”.


2022-05-31 11:40:34 UTC

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Square #5 gave me a lot of trouble! I was intending to use this square for the Ilvermorny Thunderbird House Challenge trip to South Africa. I had originally intended to use the “Cluster Stitch” as a representation of the South African national tree, the Real Yellowwood. As you can see from the picture, that didn’t work out very well! I did a gauge swatch but didn’t take into account how much each additional pattern repeat would cause the square to “suck in” the square. I tried a couple of other patterns, but couldn’t find one I liked for the “tree” look I was after in my book. I ended up using the “Pinecone” stitch from The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook Chapter 2 Page 25. This pattern is a representation of the rune Tiwaz from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "the god Týr, self-sacrifice, and justice.” I used the Heartland yarn color Joshua Tree, which is a beautiful dark olive green with a strand of gold running through it. The square is 10¼” x 10½” and 39 stitches x 66 rows with a border of 5 stitches and 7 rows for a total of 1" on each side, using 34.29 grams and 60.61 yards of yarn.


2022-05-15 12:56:21 UTC

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Square #4 uses the "Lacy Mock Cable" pattern from page 191 of my pattern book. This pattern is a representation of the rune Mannaz from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "the self, humanity, and culture." I used Heartland yarn color Capitol Reef, a very pretty dusty pink. The square is 10½” x 10½” and 43 stitches x 66 rows with a border of 5 stitches and 7 rows for a total of 1" on each side, using 42.41 grams and 74.96 yards of yarn.


2022-05-11 23:00:38 UTC

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Square #3 uses the "Yo-yo" pattern from page 251 of my pattern book. This pattern is a representation of the rune Laguz from the Elder Futhark rune chart, which stands for "sea, lake, flow," as that made me think of how a yo-yo moves. I used Heartland yarn color Congaree, a very pretty pale blue-green. The square is 10¼” x 10¼” and 45 stitches x 66 rows with a border of 5 stitches and 7 rows for a total of 1" on each side, using 41.36 grams and 73.11 yards of yarn.


2022-05-07 10:49:03 UTC

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Square #2 uses the "Ears of Corn" pattern from page 43 of my pattern book. I chose this pattern as a representation of the Jera from the Elder Futhark rune chart, as that rune stands for "harvest, prices, gain, and growth." I used Heartland color Canyonlands, which is a lovely golden color that I thought was perfect for the "corn. The square is 10½” x 10¼” and 46 stitches by 65 rows with a border of 5 stitches and 7 rows for a total of 1" on each side, and uses 38.9 grams and 68.76 yards of yarn.


2022-05-02 09:34:27 UTC

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Square #1 uses the "Folk Lace" pattern from page 249 of my pattern book. It is a pattern of lace and stockinette diamonds which I chose because it reminded me of the Othala rune from the Elder Futhark rune chart. I used the Heartland color, Redwood. It is 10.5"x10.5" and is 41 stitches by 65 rows with a border of 5 stitches and 7 rows, which comes to 1" on each side, and uses 35.78 grams and 63.25 yards of yarn.