My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


New Beginning

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:


  1. You are making quick progress of it. It’s going to be fabulous when it’s finished. The colours you chose are great and you’re right, the Silk Garden is being shown off beautifully. 🙂
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  2. Reminds me a lot of Mitered Crosses Blanket–for Japan by Kay Gardiner. No surprise it was designed by her, lol. Very pretty, Wendy.
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  3. You make it sound so much more doable! Thanks and I think Lucy’s plan is a good one. She’s so clever… Start early, finish late, I am sure…

  4. Very nice color choice! The blue is going to be so lovely.

  5. I bought this pattern when you first mentioned it a few months back. Your version is looking wonderful.

    I like your suggestion about trying it with fingering weight yarn for a baby blanket. Since I have quite a bit of handpainted sock yarn (more than I really need for socks and shawls, if I’m going to be honest about it), I might try out your suggestion. I’ll just need to figure out which combination of related colorways to use (and what to do about a unifying border — solid or semi-solid?). Thanks for getting me thinking.
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  6. I love the blue noro!
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  7. Love this! Love your finished jacket and the zigzag on either side of center front.

  8. The colors that you have chosen are just beautiful. Love the blues surrounded by the ivory colors.

  9. GeniaKnitz says:

    I agree with those ahead of me in the comments, this is going to be just beautiful! And sounds like a really fun knit.
    Question, does Silk Garden soften up after a few washings? I find it kind of scratchy.

  10. Kniting Pattern you shown to knit for table cover is awesome. Thanks for sharing these nice wool patterns with us.

  11. I agree with them, those are beautiful knitting patterns and I’d love to learn how to make it.. 🙂
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  12. hawknitr13 says:

    what an interesting pattern! can’t wait to see the finished blanket!!
    ^)^ linda

  13. Kay really is the queen of the interesting garter stitch blankets. I still have the pieces (missing 5 that are somehow unfindable) for the Mitred Crosses Blanket.
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  14. I’ve long admired Noro Silk Garden but have never knit with it…maybe today is the day 🙂
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  15. Fabulous. LOVE Silk Garden for it’s really subtle and beautiful colour ramblings and hate it for it’s odd unfortunate habit of ending mid colour run and deciding to go on another colour course. Mind you, it keeps you on your toes and it still ends up beautifully! Lovely pattern too which really makes the yarn spectacular. It’s like a series of frames round pretty paintings. I must get back to the kitchen before the yarny poetry overcomes me!

  16. This is nice, Wendy!

  17. This looks like a blanket project I might be able to get my needles around, Wendy. As others have said you make it look so easy. Plus I love mitered squares. I also love Silk Garden, but those mitered squares look like a perfect place for some stash busting along with a sizeable amount of Cascade 220 for the borders. Of course, I’m a slow knitter so I can see this project done in about five years. Hope everyone else gets done a lot sooner! Thank you so much for calling attention to this pattern. I can’t believe I missed it!