Monday, September 1, 2014

Easy Squares Blanket, with tassels

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Apparently, knitting the things already on the needles and not starting a bunch of other stuff in the meantime is good for progress.  I finished something. 

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This is a throw-sized blanket, good for nights when it’s kinda starting to get chilly, and I just want one more little layer for coziness, but not the great weight of an entire honking blanket.  Do you know what I mean?  I find the yarn blankets around here can be a little bit heavy, and I’m not ready for that yet.  It’s not winter, I’m not cold, I’m just a little bit chilly.  When you have a whole bunch of blankets, you can have choices, am I right? 

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The big tassels at the corners are my favorite part. 

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Inspired by a magazine photo from years ago, I made this one up.  Want to make one, too?  Sure, there’s nothing to it.  Here you go: 

Easy Squares Blanket

You need:

Approx. 2000 yards worsted weight yarn (I used nine skeins of Patons Classic Wool, in “Winter White”)

US size 10 needles

Cast on 168.  First section:  k12, p12, across.  Repeat for 17 more rows.  Next row (second section):  p12, k12, across.  Repeat for 17 more rows.  Next row:  repeat first section again, and continue in this manner, alternating sections of 18 rows, until you’re 3/4 of the way done with the last skein of yarn.  [For clarity, you will work *K12, P12 for 18 rows, then P12, K12 for 18 rows, repeating from * until your yarn is almost gone.] Finish whatever section of squares you’re working on (complete the 18 rows) and bind off in pattern. 

Now, listen to me:  you have to block this blanket.  I mean it.  If you don’t, it will look like an egg carton, left out in the rain and then stepped on.  Blocking is painless, and it is worth it.  Do this: dump it in a sink full of tepid water and let it sit there while you vacuum all the animal fur off the carpet.  Drain the sink, squeeze out as much water as you can, and then roll the wet blanket in a big towel (or two) to take out more water.  Fling it out onto the carpet and spread it flat.  Pull it a little bit for drape, but you don’t need to stretch it, and there’s no need for any pins.  Just prod it into shape, making the edges straight, and then let it dry.  There are no measurements to block it to—just pull it out a little bit and straighten it up.  While you’re waiting for it to dry, with the remaining yarn, make the tassels. 

Tassels are easy; you probably made dolls like this when you were little, but just in case, here’s what I did:  find a smallish hardcover book and wrap the yarn a bunch of times around it, the short way.  For a nice, fat tassel, wrap it at least thirty times.

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Cut a 12” length of yarn, and tie it around the loop, through the middle.  Don’t cut off the tails.

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Wrap another, longer piece of yarn around the top of the tassel, near the tied loop.  Wrap several times, then tighten it and tie a knot. 

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Use a darning needle to hide these ends.

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Now trim it to length. 

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When the blanket is dry, use the tails to sew it to one corner.  Put one on on each corner, and you’re done.

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It covers my feet, and reaches my chin, and the tassels make it a little bit special, but not too much.  It’s a plain little thing, lovely in it’s simplicity.  And it’s cozy. 

33 comments:

  1. A simple but gorgeous blanket - and thank you for the instructions!
    Caz xx

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  2. I might try this, your instructions are fab! It looks just the blanket for the Autumn garden.
    Shauna.x

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  3. Hello Kristen,

    Well, you make all this sound so effortlessly easy that we are almost tempted to try and create one of these wonderfully cosy looking blankets for ourselves. However, we just know that it would never turn out correctly for us and just the thought of 'blocking' fills us with trepidation. But, we love the look of the tassels. Yes, we can see ourselves making those and tying them to keys to hang from cupboards. We might just have to come round to your house to share the blanket!

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  4. This looks gorgeous! I like the idea of turning the work so the stitches run in opposite direction!

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  5. thank you my darling,
    but do tell why the pattern changes midway up?

    either way:::thank you thank you x x x x

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    1. I think this is one of those things easier to do than to explain: you simply work * k12, p12 for 18 rows, then p12, k12 for 18 rows, and repeat from * until you're out of yarn. That's the whole thing, in a nutshell. :)

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  6. Beautiful blanket, beautiful in the color and simplicity of the pattern.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  7. Love this. The pattern, the tassels, everything :)

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  8. It's lovely, and you even make the blocking sound manageable. I do like nice simple patterns, I shall make a note of this one. It looks beautiful on that garden bench. CJ xx

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  9. Oh good you finished something. I just started a new blanket som days ago. Hoping it by way of magic will soon be done since it is a gift . Though the last blanket I made took me over a year. So I guess I will have to be patient..
    There is something really charming about white. I would never make one in white myself, since I have a habit of spilling everything around me! ( I am dreadfull at it). The tassels are a nice touch by the way.

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  10. Kristen, what a wonderful blanket! It is definitely your style, I love the tassels! :)
    Hope it will keep you cosy when you need it!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Love, Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  11. Loveit! Thanks for sharing the pattern. Looks like something even I could manage.
    cheers Wendy

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  12. Kristen, before I comment on your beautiful knitting, I wanted to thank you for the photographs of the Doors of Saratoga. I love taking pictures of doors when I cross the Atlantic, so it's grand to have a reminder that there are some rather fine examples over on this side of the Pond.

    Gosh, it's been ages since I visited Saratoga, and so I thank you for this reminder of what is there, alongside the horse races, and Skidmore.

    Now on to knitting. Beautiful yarn on the needles in the hands of a fine knitter like you must result in a fantastic result. The checkerboard reversible pattern is such a fine concept, whether knitted or woven, in a fine guage yarn or even all the way up to bulky.

    The tassels make great accents, too!

    Hot and humid here in NYC today, as lots of the competitors at the US Open Tennis tournament are discovering. No knitted blankets required on center court!

    xo

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  13. It's lovely, I might have to try this, I usually crochet but knitting would make a nice change :D

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  14. Thanks for the pattern. I love it and want to give it a go soon.

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  15. Beautiful and simple blanket : love it! I have to knit one soon, when the shipment from Indonesia will join me here in Maputo : all my yarn stash is in there!!!!! ;oD
    Thank you for sharing with us, xxxxxx ale

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  16. Beautiful Kristen! Bigger than a shawl but smaller than a blanket .... perfect! x

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  17. Plain, simple and cozy - you nailed it lady! Jo x

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  18. I remember seeing this blanket on your blog a while ago, and loved the simple look of it, so began one of my own. It's one of those works in progress, sitting on circular needles to cope with the number of stitches, and I grab it out of the basket beside my chair every few days, add a few rows, as you do. I think it will keep me warm just working on it! In between I do finer work, knitting a V-shaped shawl in four ply merino. Thanks for visiting...

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  19. Beautiful, a real delight perfect in every way. I just loved the tassels.

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  20. What a lovely. big blanket! It looks very soft and warm!
    Carly
    x

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  21. Beautiful blanket, I love the look of the faux squares and the off white. Pretty!

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  22. Lovely blanket and the perfect colour. The tassles really make it! Enjoy.

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  23. Your blanket looks pretty and so comfy!!!! Thanks for sharing your pattern :)

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  24. It is beautiful!!!! Really, just the sort of blanket that I would love to make for winter. xx

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  25. That Patons wool is the best creamy color ever, and your blanket is really pretty. The big ol' tassels give it character.
    I'm glad one of us finished something. Way to go : )

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  26. so pretty and cozy, perfect! love your gwen frostic book too!

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  27. how lovely!! (another one for the list.... sigh)

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  28. Fantastic! What a beauty! You are soooo creative!
    All my best from Austria and a happy happy time
    Elisabeth

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  29. Whoops not sure my comment worked!
    I was trying to say that your blanket is lovely in its simplicity!
    Gill xx

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  30. thank you for giving the pattern. The colour is just right too. I am going to try and hunt down a similar wintery white.

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  31. What are the finished measurements of your lovely creation?

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  32. this is lovely especially in that colour. Thank you so much for sharing how you made it. At first glance, I honestly thought it was entrelac. This gives the look but is so much easier. Thank you.

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