A Celtic Quilt 1 by Luise O'Neill

A Celtic Quilt 1

November 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1880 yards (1719 m)
46 x 46" / 117 x 117cm (see Notes)
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A Celtic Quilt 1 combines a scrumptious collection of cabled blocks into a quilt landscape ~ an heirloom knit to be treasured.

Pattern Notes
The quilt itself consists of 9 cabled blocks; however, the pattern includes a 10th bonus block. The 10th block may be used as an extra choice when choosing the nine blocks for the quilt or may be used to create a coordinating pillow front (while directions to create pillow not included, instructions are provided for working the Outer Border around a single block). All blocks are identical in size and therefore may be assembled in any combination; the blocks are also square allowing the blocks to be oriented either vertically or horizontally.

Both Charts and Written Directions are provided for each block - charts are included in the body of this pattern; Written Directions for the charts are in the supplemental PDF file that accompanies this pattern.

Construction Notes:
Each block begins with a provisional cast on (PCO). Once the cable pattern is complete, stitches are picked up along each side of the block as well as from the PCO to work the Single Moss Edging. This edging is worked in the round, outward; increases are worked at each of the four corners to help the edging lie flat. Working the edging in this way makes it very easy to join the blocks later.

Blocks may be either bound off (to be sewn together later) or the final round of stitches may be left live (so blocks can be joined using a 3-Needle Bind Off - links to a photo tutorial are included; full instructions for this bind off are not included in this pattern). Directions for both methods are included. Directions are also included for two variations of implementing the 3-Needle Bind Off.

Directions are provided for knitting the Outer Border onto the whole quilt as well as to only a single block.

For the quilt’s Outer Border, stitches are picked up around the entire 9-block quilt; if stitches were left live for the 3-Needle Bind Off option then those stitches are transferred to the working needle. The Outer Border is worked in the round, outward, from those stitches; increases are worked at each of the four corners to help the border lie flat. Additional increases and decreases are worked to accommodate the change in gauges between the various stitch patterns of the Outer Border.

For best results, it is important to have a yarn that blocks well; otherwise, the Outer Border may not lie flat. If you are unsure about your yarn’s properties, working a generous test swatch of the Outer Honeycomb Border pattern and comparing its gauge to your finished, blocked quilt is recommended.

The Outer Border, when worked around an individual block, creates a pillow front 18 x 18” / 45.5 x 45.5cm). Note: Specific instructions for constructing a pillow are not included in this pattern.

9-Block Quilt (including Outer Border): 46 x 46” / 117 x 117cm
Each Block: 14 x 14” / 35.5 x 35.5cm
Outer Border Width: 2” / 5cm

See Miscellaneous Yarn Information below re: yarn requirements for the 10th block and border for individual blocks.

1880 yds / 1720 m worsted-weight wool will create the 9-Block Quilt with Outer Border (Note: use a yarn that blocks well)

Sample in Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (100% Wool; 465yds / 425m per 227g) in Natural

Miscellaneous Yarn Information:
Each block: 170 yds / 155 m
Outer Border only (for one block): 120 yds / 110 m
Outer Border only (9-block quilt): 350 yds / 320 m

The blocks may be worked on straight needles but a circular needle is required for working the Single Moss Edging around the outside of each block as well as the Outer Border around the entire quilt.

4.5mm / US7 or size required to obtain gauge
• circular 32” / 81cm
• circular 60” / 152cm (to work the Outer Border for quilt)
• (optional) circular 24” / 61cm to use as a spare needle to pick up PCO sts
• (for 3-Needle Bind Off option only) one DPN

Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

The pattern PDF contains 24 pages; the Written Direction supplemental PDF contains 22 pages.

Sincere thanks go to the following knitters who so generously gave their time and talents to test knit this pattern: Ravellers 100creations, CG10, contemax, dambird, dragonxser, faeriepaw, ftmhling, janetknitwitch, KateB660, lindaran, momtatknits, novknitchic, TheKnittnKittn and woollykim

Once again I am indebted to the stitch design genius of Annie Maloney whose many beautiful stitch dictionaries were the cornerstone for many of these blocks.

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Update Notes

  • Jan 12, 2015: pattern update v1.1 published today correcting the definition of w&t (p3 of main pattern; p2 of written supplement) Feb 2, 2015: The picture of Block 2 on the back cover of the pattern is upside down; please see photo in the sidebar.
  • April 15, 2015: v1.2 published correcting two missing ( on page 12 in the Setup Round.
  • June 4, 2015 Stitch Note: Page 4 - the ‘w&t’ (as defined in the Abbreviations section on page 3) only wraps the stitch; it does not turn the work.*

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Also available as a knitCompanion design from Create2Thrive. #kcdesign