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Tree of Life Knit-Along #2 – Twin Trees

May 21st, 2008

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Tree of Life Knit-Along BadgeLast Sunday was a bright and sunny day and I jumped at the chance to sit on my roof overlooking downtown Manhattan and start my spring afghan project. It’s calm, quiet and feels like a private oasis in the center of a busy city. Whenever I start a project as large as this, I try to take my time and read through the pattern in advance, as well as double-checking my cast on. It’s so easy to miss 1 or 2 cast on stitches, when you are working with 180 stitches, and even 1 stitch too few will throw your whole pattern off.

A great thing to remember when tackling a challenging project is to not get overwhelmed by the size of it, but break it down into simple components, section by section and row by row. When setting up, remember that in this project, the right side of the work will have a purled background and the trees will pop out of that because they are knitted, so your right side rows will begin with a purl stitch.

The trees are beautiful, with their twining branches, and do take some concentration, but the pattern chart is simple to follow if you can keep track of what row you are on. I suggest using a post-it to cover the rows already completed. The row directly above the post-it, is the row I am currently working on. Where M1 increases are used on the trunks of the trees, be sure to make them knitwise, as stated in the pattern,

The cables that make the branches twist as if waving in the wind are quick and easy once you’ve done one or two. Even if this is your very first cable project, you CAN do this!

  • JANET JOYCE

    I have just finished my FIRST Tree of Life Afghan and will be giving it as a wedding present, the twined trees seemed to send a message.Thoroughly enjoyed the challenge – you really do need to concentrate – but am delighted with the results and plan to make more to have on hand for wedding presents – the ‘baby afghan’ knitters might bear in mind that there are loopy bits in the finished product which invite little fingers.

  • Jennifer Miller

    Hi Friends, I am loving the knit-along & the Tree of LIfe project. I am so excited about knitting! And I haven’t done it in 15 years, what a project to start with! I am halfway through the second set of trees & making good progress. I find that once I had done the first set of trees, the second set goes really fast because I can see what is going to happen.

    A tip for remembering what the PRC & PLC mean:
    when I see PRC, I know it’s to “hold stitches behind” or in back of the work, my mneumonic is I’ll-be-right-back. Obviously, then, the PLC means hold the stitches in front. This has made my work so much faster, because I don’t have to stare at the guide & try to remember what each direction means!!

  • Lynn

    I finished the first set of twin trees and am now working on the nice, easy dividing rows! In reading ahead I see that when I get up to Row 1 of the flower garden I increase in the first stitch and then purl 10. Should I purl the stitch I am increasing into? After this part of the row is it correct to assume I will have 12 purled stitches? Do I need to do any special increase or just purl twice into the same stitch?
    Thanks

  • Sandy G.

    Thank you for including photos of techniques!I’m progressing nicely on the trees, but reading ahead about the flower garden section had me worried—before I saw the photos!
    I’m on the 38th row of the trees, and really enjoying the process. I was “on the road” out east with my son and his friend last week and didn’t bring this with me. It’s nice to be back on it again!

  • Marlene from Michigan

    I am hanging in there!! Seem to be a slower knitter than most of you (This project has been very challenging for me but now that I have the knack for all the cables, I am actually enjoying it!!) I am on row 40 of the twin trees and can see that the trees are waving in the wind. Am looking forward to the dividing rows – almost there!! Thanks, Tammy, for the info on P2togtbl. Happy knitting, fellow KALers………..

  • Patricia J Schwab “Patty”

    I decided to use the Color Olive for my Afghan. I think it looks pretty good, so far. I am slower than most of the rest of you, but definitely enjoying my first Knit-a-Long. My Sister is also knitting with us, but she is making a scarf, with only 1 repeat, because she is disabled, and can’t knit very fast with her hands.

    Enjoy all the comments. I am at Row 24, just starting to branch the tree limbs out.

  • Brenda Baker

    I am not understanding the “no stitch” I have started this over 7 times now I am doing just a splotch til I can get this down

    Zontee says: Hi Brenda, a swatch is definitely a good way to practice. “No stitch” literally means that you don’t do anything during the gray blocks and you just skip it. The gray boxes represent a column in which a stitch has been decreased or will be made later. Hope that helps.

  • http://LionBrand J Haneline

    I just wanted to say I have knitted for many years but this pattern has stretched my ability and I thank you for that. It is a beautiful afagan.

  • Sally W

    Here I thought I was doing good, having a few problems but nothing I wasn’t able to solve after carefully reading the pattern. Now comes my problem I finished with row 35. On row 36 when I come to the klb, that is a purl st.for me. Is this right as it throws the rest of the row off? I really am enjoying knitting this. Thank you.

    Zontee says: Hi Sally, the K1B should be on top of a knit stitch. The general rule of thumb is that the knit stitches will be on top of knit stitches and the purl stitches will be on top of purl stitches in the Twin Trees section. It may be helpful for you to look at the Twin Trees chart to see where you might be off. Glad you’re enjoying the knit-along!

  • Beth K

    Sally, I hate to say this but you are a stitch off somewhere. The k1b should definitely be over a previously k st.

    Check for dropped stitches or accidentally made stitches, or just a knit where you should have purled. I think it is easier to find and correct mistakes early rather than to go through 20 more rows trying to work around where your count is off.

  • Auntie M

    SALLY:
    DID YOU EVER FIGURE OUT ROW 36? I JUST RAN INTO THE SAME PROBLEM. ALL PREVIOUS ROWS ARE PERFECT BUT THEN I HIT THE WALL ON #36. THIS IS NOT MY FIRST TOL. I PURCHASED THE ORIGINAL PATTERN FROM LION BRAND SEVERAL YEARS AGO & GAVE IT AS A WEDDING PRESENT TO MY STEPSON 3 YEARS AGO. IT WAS JUST ONE BIG TREE IN THE MIDDLE WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT OTHER PATTERNS & KNIT THE SAME WAY. I’M NOT A NOVICE KNITTER BUT I’M STUMPED!!
    THANKS
    AUNTIE M, CHICAGO

    Zontee says: Hi Auntie M. On row 36, you simply repeat the pattern as written WITHOUT “border stitches”. As you can see from the photo there is no gap in between the flower repeats, while there IS space between the trees. Please see the comments on the first Tree of Life KAL post for more information. The pattern with the one big tree is our Nature in Natural Afghan.

  • http://knitwithmeonline.blogspot.com JudyR

    Is anyone still or just working on this?
    I started it way back when this KAL started but then put it down and have not picked it up until just a few days ago.
    I just finished the first set of trees!
    I’m so excited about making this. I hope I can make it through the flower garden…I’m a bit worried about it after reading all the comments.
    Thanks to everyone for all the input
    ~judy

    Zontee says: Hi Judy, don’t forget to check the KAL group for this project on Ravelry.com — there are usually still people working on it there.

  • D

    HELP! I’m on row 36 of the twin trees pattern. Somehow, I don’t know what I did wrong, but row 36 does not seem to conincide with row 34.

  • D

    I’m having the exact problem with Judy’s problem on Question 59. I seem to check my stitches carefully and I don’t know what I did wrong. I’m currently stuck on row 36.

  • :)

    After reading Answer to Question 61, I get it! The first 4 stitches in front, between, and end of the twin tree pattern in row 36 three me off. I simply forgot I was knitting the 4 stitches before the pattern. So you would knit the first 4 stitches as you did in all the other rows as explained in the beginning of hte Afghan direction and then your pattern stitch start on stitch 5.

  • D

    Can anyone clarify “k1b” stitch on twin trees pattern?

    Can anyone claarify “k1b (twisted knit st)” in row 1 of flower garden pattern?

    Thanks for your help,
    D

    Zontee says: Hi D, both are the same thing — the words in the parentheses is just explaining what you’re doing (i.e. making a twisted knit stitch). As it says at the bottom of the pattern: k1b = knit stitch through the back loop. For the explanation on our website click here.