Hello! I hope you’ve all finally managed to get back to normal after the festivities. As much as I love Christmas and New Year, I’m afraid I love returning to normal even more.

I also love the start of a new year. I always visualise it as a brand new notebook ready and waiting for me to start writing the next chapter of my life. It’s exciting because you just never know how the story will unfold.

What I do know though is that I’m going to be talking a lot more about crafts this year as I want to bring a lot more creativity into my life. Then I thought, why don’t I introduce some little lessons into the blog so that other people can try out new things too. And so, starting today, that’s what I’m going to do. You don’t have to try everything I write about but, when you do try something, let me know how you get on.

I’ll break everything down into sub-categories such as knitting; crochet; jewellery-making; etc. That you way you can simply go in and look at the section that interests you but don’t forget to try different things too. You never know what you might be absolutely brilliant at.

And so the first thing I’m going to start with is this little square (to be part of a bigger blanket) knitted in rice stitch.

rice stitch

Right Side

Rice Stitch

This stitch is absolutely lovely and really easy to do but a lot of people don’t seem to know about it. Although it has a right side and a wrong side, both sides are equally pretty and it could be used either way.

rice stitch

Wrong Side

The pattern is made up of 2 rows and, once you get into the rhythm, you can easily do it whilst watching tv or chatting. The only thing you have to watch out for is that in every alternate row you must knit 1 tbl (knit one through the back loop). As long as you remember to do that, everything will be fine. You also need an odd number of stitches to start.

Abbreviations

K – Knit

P – Purl

tbl – through back loop

Pattern

Row 1: (RS) P1, *K1 tbl, P1; repeat from * to end of row

Row 2: knit all stitches to end

Repeat the above 2 rows until you reach your desired length.

And there you have it.

Uses

As I mentioned, this is part of a blanket however, you could also make a gorgeous textured scarf with it. It would also be great for dish cloths and exfoliating facecloths.

If you get stuck on any part of it, let me know and I’ll help you out.

If you’re not sure how to ‘knit through the back loop’, let me know and I’ll make a little youtube video for you.

I hope you enjoy trying out this stitch and, above all else…

…have fun!

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