Knit the Knitterati Squares with Marsha and Trish – Block #15

Block #15 in the Cascade Knitterati KAL was released Wednesday and you know what that means — we are two blocks away from assembling our lapghan and seeing the finished product! Are you as excited as we are? As we near the end of the Cascade Knitterati KAL the anticipation for these final pattern releases is even greater than before. With fourteen blocks under our belts, we find ourselves increasingly eager to see the next block and to imagine how they will all be assembled in the end. And then there’s the border!! How will they surprise us with that? What colour will be used? What kind of stitch will it be done in? Inquiring minds want to know!!

Block #14 was designed by Jacob Seifert who has many designs in the Cascade Quick Knit Book series, as well as in many popular knitting magazines such as Vogue and Knit Simple. Have a look at Jacob’s design portfolio on Ravelry, you’ll probably recognize many of his patterns, you may have even knit a few in the past.

The first thing that came to mind when we saw Block #14 was the children’s game X marks the spot with a dot, dot, dot. Only in this case it’s with a bobble, bobble, bobble! Marsha took back the needles for this block and claims she could do bobbles in her sleep now! The stocking stitch background for the bobbles really allows the seed stitch to stand out and define the overall pattern.

Block #15 combines the absolute basics of knitting – stocking stitch, garter stitch, the two most commonly used decreases, and yarn over increases – an excellent pattern for an ambitious beginner knitter to gain confidence. The ten-stitch pattern repeats are easy to memorize and as a result, this block is working up quite quickly.

Lacy waves framed by eyelets rise and fall between rows of garter and stocking stitch in this eye-catching block designed by Galina Carroll. We’ve learned about a lot of new-to-us designers throughout this KAL which has opened our eyes to an array of new patterns as well as new techniques. If there’s one thing we all know about knitting, it’s that there is always room to learn more.

While the KAL is nearly over that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in on the fun. Visit the Cascade website here to sign up to receive the patterns via email. Kits are still available, but if you’d rather pick your own colours check out the great selection of Cascade 220 Superwash Merino at your LYS. And keep on sending us your photos to cascadegradientlapghan@estelledesigns.ca, we’ve enjoyed seeing them all!

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