Saturday, March 31, 2007

Hm, what if!!

So the sock blanket *is* a mitred square blanket, just like the one in M-D knitting I admired and seriously considered last night, and just like the one Cara's (January One) kicking ass on.

One big topic is weaving in all those ends.

And I admit that's one of my big issues. And also joining together all those drasted squares. On the one hand I like the portability of little squares. On the other, they're a pain.

Which led me to think about log cabin blankets. Quick little squares (so you feel like you're making progress), but they're joined together by picking up the stitches along the edges, which makes for fewer ends and far less seaming. BUT, you get a big bulky blanket at some point which is crap to lug around on the packed train.

Which is leading me to think about a middle ground between the two -- what if, using sock yarn, I made mitred square strips using a pick-up stitch method along the end of one. I really don't know if it will work -- I've never knit a mitred square, but I feel a project coming on tonight. I'll let you know. I'm thinking it will bomb because I *think* you CO x stitches for the mitred square and each side of the square ends up being exactly half of those stitches (because of the decreases). I don't know. Again, I'll have to see. I'll report back later.

4 comments:

Amy Lane said...

no, no--I think it can work...crocheters do a similar thing all the time. (They call it mile-a-minute, because working in strips of any sort seems to just zip by!) Your package should get there...well, a week from Monday. I had to ship it instead of mail it...

NeedleTart said...

I saw a blanket made just like this last night at the Harlot's tour. The knitter said that it is her "mindless" knitting. I think you have something there. (Knitters has a jacket made with mitered squares on the diagonal. I think I'll save it for the next olympics)

Netter said...

You can definitely do it. Pick up half the stitches for the square and cast on the second half. Then you only have to seam together the strips!

KnitTech said...

Weaving is part of the process, a sucky part, but needed. When I make mine, I'll knit the end into the next square to help lock them into place. Doesn't stop the weaving in, but helps.