Thursday, September 07, 2006
Mitered square blanket
Here's a photo of my mitered square blanket. It took me almost three months to the day to complete (working on it every day and not knitting anything else). I used about 20 colors of Tahki Cotton Classic on a size 7 Addi Turbo flex needle. I enjoyed every stage of this project--from choosing the color palette, knitting seemingly endless stockinette squares, and even mattress-stitching everything together. I used scraps of leftover skeins to do the seed stitch border (my favorite part of the blanket).
Even though it's a large project, I would encourage folks not to be daunted by the scale of it--if you're tired of knitting squares (the pattern calls for 80 of them) you can seam several of them together and make pillows. Or sew up individual squares and make sachets.
I'm on square seventy something. Almost there!
Thanks so much for your nice comments--it's not often that I feel so proud of a knitting accomplishment.
Someone made a comment about using black--the darkest stripes are actually navy blue. I made a conscious decision not to use black--I wanted to to figure out color relationships and black goes with everything!
The border is my favorite part of the blanket. I used seed stitch, rather than garter stitch, because I like the texture better. There were lots of skein remnants after knitting all the squares. Using stripes with a varying number of rows was one last chance to play with color.
I don't know what I'm going to do with the blanket now. If I put it on the bed, my two kitties will instantly claim it as theirs and I'm not ready to give it to them yet!
(And, I'm not a big fan of those mitered blankets!)
Impressive! Be proud! Enjoy!
Congrats on an amazing creation.
It looks great--you should be proud!
Can you point me towards a pattern for this totally gorgeous mitered blanket? Number of stitches to start each square, decrease rate, appropriate size/type of yarn, and sewing-together tips would probably do. A bunch of friends are considering making this for a charity auction item. Any thoughts?
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