Hello my dear knitters.
Today my post is about embracing things. First, the outcome.
I have finished stitching this blanket in less than three hours because I decided to let go of a few things. For the first time, I didn’t arrange all squares into a blanket prior to joining them. I used to do that to “showcase” the squares — and if possible, to create some kind of pattern. This time, I just took two squares that would “go together” and then add two more, and so on, until there was a strip of 12 connected squares. The whole blanket is made of three such strips, 36 squares in total.
And I didn’t even look at the whole blanket before the photoshoot. I learned that it’s OK to allow some randomness and that two blue squares won’t fight if they happen to be neighbours. I like the result because it’s a bit unpredictable.
Secondly, I used a regular sewing machine to attach the squares. In my previous post I mentioned the blogger Olgalyn, who suggested using a zig-zag stitch to sew the squares together. Even though it didn’t work for me (maybe because of different knitted textures?), I remembered that she sew up sweaters using a basic stitch. So I tried that and I think it worked. The edges don’t “flare” and there is no visible seam on the “public” side of the blanket. It’s stretchier if compared with the crocheted edge. (I set up 5 mm stitch length, and scrunched up the fabric before feeding it into the machine). And it only took one person and three hours!
This is the “wrong” side of the blanket. The seams are quite cushy but if a person finds them uncomfortable, she can flip the blanket and treat the seams as a rugged design element. And I would totally embrace that, too.
The blanket was donated today to the Phoenix Youth Shelter.