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Delight Squared

29 Feb

Delight Squared

My friend is having a baby very soon.

To mark this very exciting event I have been working on an old family pattern for a square blanket.

It’s super easy, once you get your head around it. And the squares knit up really quickly.

It’s taken me a really long time to do this but only because of my growing kitten and his absolute LOVE of moving wool. Along with stationary wool, bundled wool, and anything wool based (including my clothes!!).

It’s not quite finished yet, but it doesn’t stop me from posting about it! I’m an excited little bunny!

For beginners of making squares I would suggest just practicing basic knitting skills before you do the one piece blanket. And the joy with this style is that many people can contribute to the finished product 🙂

What you need:
~ a selection of colored yarn. I use double knit (worsted)
~ 4mm (US 6) knitting needles.
~ scissors

What to do:
~ check the paper band around your wool for details of how many stitches and rows make up a square of 10cm x 10cm (4 x 4 inches), It’s usually 22 stitches across by 30 rows. This is important to know, as you will need all the squares to be the same size for sewing up.

~ For this pattern, cast we’ll assume that it is 22 x 30 for a 10cm square.

1. cast on 22 stitches
2. knit the 1st row
3. purl
4. repeat 2. and 3. until you have 30 rows.
5. cast off

It’s really as simple as that. Make as many squares as you like. 100 squares will make a blanket 1 metre squared.

To Make the Blanket
~ Play around with your pairings and patterns of where you want your squares to be placed. Once you are happy I suggest taking a picture so you will remember what it all looks like. This stage could take some time to complete.

~ I would suggest some crocheting at this point. Take a contrasting colored yarn and simply crochet the squares together, working in a diagonal fashion:

1 2

Starting with 3 squares, crochet from the bottom of 1 and 2 and then 1 and 3, with the same thread. Then:

3 5
1 2 4

This time starting at the bottom of 2 and 4, crochet up diagonally. Making sure to secure squares 1 and 5 at the corner so there are no gaps or holes. Keep going until the whole blanket is complete.

~ Once this stage is complete you might like to add a border. For this I like to make it 50% bigger than the actual squares. Just knit it up and sew each side on as you go. If you want some more help on this one I’ll be writing more about it when I get to this stage of my blanket!

I love this blog post by One Crafty Momma. A very good look for the blanket. Something to aspire to 🙂


Vintage Cardigan with a Mordern Twist!

11 Jan

I love love love to knit. I love sitting in front of the TV, at my friends house, in a coffee shop…you get the picture…and knitting for hours on end. It’s esecially fun with a friend who knits or crochets too. We can talk about what’s happengn in life and as I knit I feel the stress of life just sip away. The thing that makes this better: knitting for someone else! Someone I care about or who I know will appreciatetheir gift.

I’ll let you into a little secret: I very rarely knit for myself!

There I said it! I am a very fussy knitter. I am somewhat of a perfectionist. I have been known to get 1/2 way through a piece and then simply give up because it just isn’t good enough. Now the effort endured for others makes it orth it, but when it’s for me, I see no point!

Today’s little item is partially copied but I added my own spin. It is a traditinal baby jacket with a ribbon trimming. I plan to develop this more, and it’s not my best work, but I love the concept and think I’ll b spending a lot of my time in the future mixing techniques to seewhat happens.

So, it’s a little upside down rght now, but I’ll sort it out for you all tosee properly. Using a simple k1, p1 repetition every 2nd row I produced a cut little pattern. the blue and white ribbon just adds some zig to the otherwise plain cardigan.

The next cardigan I attempt wil be documented fully and put up here for you all to try out yourselves.