Two More National Park Blocks

I got to spend a lot of time lazing around Sunday, which let me get two more blocks done for my National Parks afghan!

This one is for Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The image the designer chose is a Rocky Mountain Blue Columbine flower. I worked this in a mix of intarsia and stranded stitching, with a little duplicate stitch as well.

The second one is of Haleakala in Hawaii. The image in the design is the silversword plant, which is native to Hawaii and are being protected in the park. This square uses a specialized stitch (basically a dip stitch) to represent the plants on a seed stitch background.

Part of the fun of making these squares is finding out a little more about each of these parks ๐Ÿ™‚

11 thoughts on “Two More National Park Blocks

  1. Ooh ooh these are 2 of the ones Iโ€™ve been to. The first man I fell in love with lived near Fort Collins and he drove me to Vail to go skiing and we drove through the Rocky Mountain National Park. It was weird going from t-shirt weather to deep snow in such a short space of time. When we were in Hawaiโ€™i we were going to do the whole sunrise view from Haleakala but the sun was long up by the time we got there ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. I love the colors and flower for your Rocky Mountain State Park.

    The silversword looks so appropriate! Have you been to Haleakala? Such a strange landscape!

    Can you describe how that dip stitch is made? Iโ€™d love to play with assigned pooling for those stitches.

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    1. I have not been there, but hope to get there one day!
      Yes! You move the yarn to the back of the work, then poke your needle into the fabric below where you are knitting and pull a loop up to the current level. For this particular pattern you go over two stitches and down four, then do the first loop. Knit one, pull up the second loop through the same hole. Knit one, do the third loop through the same hole. And finally, one more knit and one more loop. On the next row the pattern has you knitting or purling the loops together with the adjoining stitches, but i found i prefered slipping them over the stitches.
      That should look great with assigned pooling!!


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