How to Make a Log Cabin Throw

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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This version of the classic log cabin pattern features a red center to represent the hearth, lighter colors to represent the sunny side of the cabin, and darker colors to represent the shady side.
Pick up stitches by inserting the front of a crochet hook through to the back and pulling the yarn through to make a loop.
This red rectangle is the center piece of the log cabin pattern. You will find the remaining stitch up in the top right corner.
This close-up image shows what your picked-up stitches should look like.
This view shows bound-off stitches from the back of square.
This version of the classic log cabin pattern features a red center to represent the hearth, lighter colors to represent the sunny side of the cabin, and darker colors to represent the shady side.

This version of the classic log cabin pattern features a red center to represent the hearth, lighter colors to represent the sunny side of the cabin, and darker colors to represent the shady side.

Photo: Tina Hilton

The log cabin pattern is a quintessential traditional American quilt design. The design symbolizes log cabins with red center squares signifying the hearth, light colors on one side for the sunny side of the cabin, and dark colors on the opposite side representing the shady side of the house. There is an infinite variety of color and design options with the log cabin. Check out some quilt books and internet resources for inspiration. And the best thing is that, even if you aren't a quilter, you can knit a version of this block almost a quickly.

The yarn you use is up to you. I’ve seen scrappy log cabins created with a variety of colors. If you are going scrappy, make sure you use yarn of the same weight, or you will not achieve a uniform effect with the blocks and your throw will de difficult to sew together. I used DK (light worsted) weight "Zara" from Filatura Di Crosa. This 100% merino wool is super-soft and springy, and knits up like a dream. A set of size-six bamboo needles gave me the texture that was the most pleasing to me. The manufacturer calls for a size five, but the swatch was too dense. I moved up a needle size to give me a lighter-weight fabric.


Just like color, there are no hard-and-fast rules about the size of a log cabin square. I used the traditional red for the center and only two additional colors. Feel free to adjust your pattern to suit your size and aesthetic requirements. Here is how my square was created:

  • Cast on. With center square color, cast on 15 stitches.
  • Garter stitch (knit every row) until you have 18 garter ridges. A garter ridge is the raised row. When counting ridges, do not count the cast on row.
  • Bind off on a right-side row, leaving the last stitch on the needle. Cut the yarn and leave a tail to weave in later.
  • Position the remaining stitch at the top right corner.
  • Pick up stitches, first side. With right side facing, pick up one stitch with the first color from the top of each garter ridge. This is the hole you are looking for. Use a crochet hook and insert front to back and pull yarn through to make a loop. After I have a few stitches on the crochet hook, I transfer them to the knitting needle that’s holding the reserved stitch.
  • Garter stitch for 7 garter ridges.
  • Bind off and position.
  • Pick up stitches, second side. With the second color, pick up one stitch from the top of each garter ridge of the section just completed, then pick up one stitch for each of the cast on/bind off stitches.
  • Garter stitch for 7 garter ridges.
  • Bind off and position. Continue with the second color.
  • Pick up stitches, third side: With the same yarn as side 2, pick up one stitch from the top of each garter ridge of the section just completed, then pick up one stitch for each of the cast on/bind off stitches.
  • Garter stitch. I wanted a little depth to the square, so I went wider with 10 garter ridges.
  • Bind off and position. Cut second color.
  • Pick up stitches, fourth side: With first color, pick up one stitch from the top of each garter ridge of the section just completed, then pick up one stitch for each of the cast on/bind off stitches.
  • Garter stitch for 10 garter ridges.
  • Bind off. I bound off completely as I liked the size of my square.
  • Repeat the process around the four sides to create a larger block.


Join the blocks with a simple whipstitch to make into a throw.

Knit well and often,
Tina

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Comments (1)

YPA writes: Your bolg is wonderful and your projects are very inspirational. This one is simple, useful. The instructions ar easy to follow.

Thanks

YPA
Posted: 5:06 pm on May 1st
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