The start of a new year is a good time to start a new knitting project, I think.
Last month I blogged about Kay Gardiner’s Cornerstone Blanket pattern. You can get the pattern when you donate to Citymeals On Wheels — the details are on the pattern page linked to above. I donated, got the pattern, and ordered Noro Silk Garden in colorways 269 and 373.
I started my blanket this past Wednesday evening. The blanket is done in squares — six of them — that are then put together via a three-needle bind-off and finished with an i-cord edging all the way around. No sewing. The squares are each worked in two colorways. The center is done in mitered squares, and then you pick up and knit with the second color around the center square and work outward to make a border. The squares have different-sized centers so the thickness of the borders vary from square to square.
Here is the center of the first square in progress:
Here is the first square with the border in progress:
And a close-up of a corner, where increases are worked on every other round.
Here is the first square completed. The stitches are held, live, on 4 lengths of waste yarn.
Here is where I am on the second square:
The second square has a much smaller center than the first, so the border will be much deeper.
The whole blanket is done in garter stitch. The center piece is worked back and forth in mitered squares, so you are knitting each row. The contrasting border is worked in the round, so to achieve garter stitch you are knitting one round, then purling one round.
You could make this blanket using pretty much any yarn at any weight. Knit at a finger gauge, it would make a really pretty crib blanket for a baby. You could make all the squares identical if you like, or you could use a different colorway for the center of each square, or a different colorway for each quarter of each center. There are so many variations you could work.
I am using Noro Silk Garden, which is what the original was made from. I haven’t knit with Silk Garden in ages and I had forgotten how pretty it is. This blanket is a simple geometric design and it really showcases the beauty of the yarn. It’s proving to be a very fun knit — part of the time you are working mitered squares, and part of the time you are knitting the border in the round, so you have some variety. And then once all six squares are done and put together, you will work an i-cord all around the outer edge. There will be no need to pick up stitches to attach the edging to the blanket because you left live stitches on all edges of all squares. Very clever design!
I have an afternoon of great knitting-in-front-of-the-television ahead of me.
Lucy already has started her afternoon plan: