Spring is here! Hooray! That's what has inspired this little cotton log cabin blanket. It is made with soft colors of Classic Elite Yarns' Premiere which is 50% pima cotton and 50% Tencel. While in the process of knitting this, I discovered a way to make the seams in the back lay flat.
If you are not wedded to that little last stitch on your needle after a bindoff, you may wish to try this method. If you will look at your edge after binding off on the right side, you will see a row of little "V"s facing you. Then after you pick up stitches along that edge, you will have a resulting ridge on the wrong side where that seam is (picture just below). In my method, you bind off on the wrong side, and the row of "V"s will be on that (WS) side of the work. When you later pick up stitches (I will show you how) through this bindoff, you will have a flat seam on the wrong side of your work (second picture below). In items for baby, this is particularly nice.
So, let us say you have bound off on the wrong side, giving you 8.5 (or 9.5) garter ridges rather than the 9 garter ridges called for in the original pattern. Now it is time to pick up stitches. With the right side facing you, insert your needle into the nearest stitch of the "V" or the one at the very top of your piece.
Then wrap your yarn as if to knit, and pull it through onto your needle. Continue until you have picked up all the stitches.
The last picture is of the back of your work, as the stitches are being picked up. The seam is very nice and flat. Now just knit as always, remembering to bind off on the wrong side, whenever you wish.
I hope that with spring here, you will want to spring into action and have some fun with cottons, with pretty, fresh colors, and with knitting!