Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mitered Squares Blanket

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The sun is shining today, finally.  It feels like spring might be at my doorstep, words which I might take back if I step outside and find it’s only about 30 degrees F like it was yesterday, but at least right now, I am hopeful. 

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So I changed the blankets on my bed, and now I can show you my Mitered Squares Blanket. 

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A few years ago, this blanket pattern hit the bookstores and then the internet and as soon as I saw Cara’s at January One, I was done for.  She started making these miters and they just grabbed ahold of her and wouldn’t let go.  (And, as it happens, Cara is working on sewing hers up now, and she’s starting another something lovely, so go over and see.) Well, I just love that kind of project like you can’t believe, so I ordered a big box of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes (that yarn is wonderfully affordable and it comes in a huge array of colors) and I think I just bought one or two of every color they had, except for the grays and neutrals.  This blanket has little or no neutral in it, unless you get real generous with your definition.

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I started making miters, and, well, it grabbed ahold of me, too, and I made this blanket, from cast on to sewing the last seam, in one month.  Yeah, I know, that’s a form of craziness.  But I tell you, it was completely absorbing, and I’d almost do another one now. 

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This isn’t a scraps blanket, at least I don’t think it is, because I can’t imagine anyone having this many different scraps.  If so, they should have started making some potholders a long time ago.  I made my blanket in wool because this is New York and my feet are cold eleven months of the year, which means this blanket weighs half a ton, but is warm as toast. 

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The pattern is from Ann and Kay’s book Mason Dixon Knitting, the inspiration and design rules I used came from Cara at January One, and the insanity to finish it in a month is all me.  If you love this and want one, don’t be daunted by the scope of the thing, just make one miter at a time.  I found I could make one miter (that’s one of the small squares within the larger square) in just under an hour.  There are four miters per block and 25 blocks total.  That’s do-able, especially if it grabs ahold of you, which, and you have been warned, it has been known to do.  You can easily learn the pattern, carry one little miter at a time in your purse to work on while you wait in line at the DMV, and before you know it, the thing will be done. 

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Worth it, right?

13 comments:

  1. Your blanket is beautiful. :-)

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  2. ,,,so beautiful!,,,and it looks very spring-y and summer-y and oh so cozy,,,

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  3. Absolutely! Gorgeous blanket!
    xx

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  4. that is such a beautiful blanket!!

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  5. Hi There!

    I gave you a blog award on my blog here: http://stitchingupastormcrochet.blogspot.com/2011/04/liebster-blog-award.html
    Check it out when you get the chance!

    -Stitchingupastorm

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  6. That is absolutely gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of mitered squares but I hadn't seen this pattern. WOW!

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  7. This might be the most beautiful blanket I have ever seen. It is absolutely beautiful as is your lovely sweater. I am in awe of your skills and your blog is lovely. Can't wait to see your next project.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Meredith

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  8. Thanks so much, everybody! I really loved making this blanket, and it's so nice to show it to you. :)

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  9. Wow your blanket is AMAZING! It looks incredibly difficult. I wish I had the patience to make something so big.

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  10. I love this blanket!!!
    Very, very beautiful!!!

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  11. Your blanket is beautiful! I'm making the same pattern, and I've run into a snag. I wonder if you could give me some advice. I've finished all my miters, and mattress-stitched them into the four-piece squares. Everything went fine until I hit this point. Now I don't know a suitable technique for stitching these complete squares together without having the stitching yarn show through. What technique did you use? Your seams look very clear and tidy. I'll check back with your blog and hope to find your answer. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Jessica,

      You want to join the squares the same way you would join bound-off seams anywhere (like at the shoulder seams of a sweater, for instance.) Here's my tip for doing this: Keeping the squares flat, side by side, and the edges together (not right or wrong sides together) see how the stitches either look like V or inverted V? Dip the threaded tapestry needle underneath the points of the first inverted stitch. (Not the top of the V, but the point of two stitches together) and alternate from one square to the other, across the seam. I hope this makes sense--actually, here's a tutorial:

      http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingskills/ss/horizontal-seam.htm

      Good luck! :)

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    2. Thank you, Kristen! I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. If this seaming technique worked for your gorgeous blanket, then it should certainly do the trick for mine. I'm glad that I came back to check for your answer; it gave me another opportunity to admire your truly lovely work. Your website is wonderful and I intend to check back regularly!

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