tetris afghan tutorials: Long L

Happy midweek! I’ve been plugging away on afghan squares, which means I’ve also been plugging away at afghan square tutorials. This week we’re moving onto one of the fancier shapes, a more complex piece that really adds (I think) to the “Tetris” feel of the afghan. If you’ve actually spent any time playing Tetris, you’re probably familiar with this long L shape:


This piece starts off with a fairly long cast-on, but no worries–the basic concepts are all still the same. AND, as a bonus, you get to knock off six stitches on every decrease row. Nice, right?

So, let’s get started. You’ll need to cast-on or pick up a total of 105 stitches. If you are picking up stitches from an existing piece of knitting, it is important to keep in mind that the cast-on will encompass 4 edges total, so you can’t pick up 105 stitches from a single straight edge. I’ve drawn a few arrows over this piece to show how the cast-on stitches should be oriented to each other:


Note that I haven’t actually cast-on the last 15 stitches in this case–because I’m going to wait to the end of the row and use a backwards loop CO, as described in this previous tutorial.

Once you have your stitches picked up/cast-on, begin as follows:

Row 1: k13, sl 1, k1, psso, pm, k2tog, k41, sl 1, k1, psso, pm, k2tog, k26, sl 1, k1, psso, pm, k2tog, k13

Row 2: knit all stitches
Row 3: knit to 2 sts before 1st marker, sl 1, k1, psso, k2tog, knit to 2 sts before 2nd marker, sl 1, k1, psso, k2tog, knit to 2 sts before 3rd marker, sl 1, k1, psso, k2tog, k to end of rnd.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until there are only 2 sts left after the 3rd marker (ending on a row 3). As you knit, you’ll see three diagonals forming around the three markers, plus one longer area with no diagonal:


When there are only 2 sts left after the 3rd marker, finish the piece off as follows: knit all sts. sl 1, k1, psso, k2tog, BO 17 sts (including the 2 sts on the right needles, (sl 1, k1, psso, BO 1 st, k2tog, BO 1 st) two times. Break yarn and pass through last remaining stitch. And you’re done!

And I’ll leave you with my accidentally arty shot of the day. As I was arranging my square to be photographed, the camera slipped in my hand and I randomly shot this close up:


It really captures the essence of this afghan and warm, gentle, peacefulness that I associate with it.

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