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Stockinette Alphabet Block

A Stockinette Alphabet Block.

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Letter Perfect:

A great addition to any afghan that's being made as a gift is a block with the recipient's initial on it. There's nothing better to show them that this was a gift made with love just for them.

This block is super simple, knit in Stockinette Stitch with the letter worked in the center in Reverse Stockinette Stitch. You could also just knit the block entirely in Stockinette Stitch and work the letter after the fact in duplicate stitch, but this will make that part of the block a little firmer than the rest.

Materials:

  • about 100 yards of the worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used Plymouth Encore color 514)
  • one pair size 8 US knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

18 stitches per 4 inches, or 4.5 stitches per inch. Row gague is 24 rows per 4 inches, or 6 rows per inch.

Size:

12 by 12 inch block.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 53 stitches.
  2. Work in Stockinette Stitch for 3 inches.
  3. Begin to work the alphabet block of your choice, centering the pattern in the block (center stitch is number 27) and working it in Reverse Stockinette Stitch. As drawn it will take 36 rows, or 6 inches in height.
  4. Work the remaining 3 inches in Stockinette Stitch.
  5. Bind off and weave in ends.
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