The Long Game – the Mitered Square Blanket

25/02/2018 · 5 comments

in Knitting

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Over the Christmas break I really did just knit. By this I mean when I sat down and did something crafty I did not touch my crochet hook. There was not a design or commission in sight. Instead I felt the need to work my way through the ‘stash’. Work slowly and determinedly on a project that really had no future apart from joining my ever-growing blanket collection. I also wanted to make a knitted companion to the Vintage crochet blanket which is in my new book – Granny Square Home. Why should the crocheters have all the shabby chic fun?

A couple of years ago Memory Blankets or Mood Blankets were all the rage. Many great bloggers used the year to knit or crochet a square a day which would either capture their mood or mark a memory. At the time, I admired these projects but had other commitments. However I do really like the look of a knitted mitered square so began working through my yarn stash to create a knitted blanket. If you are wondering how it works – you either cast on, or pick up a number of stitches along two sides of a square and then decrease the central stitches every other row to create a square. It is a simple and relaxing pattern. If you are keen to follow the pattern yourself I would suggest looking at this post on Ravelry.

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My squares are quite small but I am being rather ambitious in scale. I am aiming to make it approximately 50 x 60 inches which is the standard single bed side. My progress was going well until new commissions and designs came into the schedule. Now my lovely soft blanket is looking a bit sad in a basket upstairs. However I am going to be kind to myself and see it as a year long project. If you are interested to know what the yarn is – I am using the squiggy Stylecraft Special DK and have chosed, Duck Egg, Cream, Matador, Pistachio and Fondant. I am using 4mm needles and finding a short circular needle really helpful.

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The telling thing is – as a crocheter – making a knitted blanket takes SO SO SO much longer…. If the colour combination wasn’t so pretty I might be tempted to give up. But no, my friends I will persist. This is after all a long game and I will love the end result.

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