When I saw Cris’ fantastic first blanket square, I implored her to share her progress on the blog. Despite that she’s already sharing the progress of her Moonshine sweater, she agreed. I think that you’ll like what you see. And if you check out the thread on Ravelry specifically for knitting blankets, I think you’ll be just as impressed! We’ve got some great blankets being made! I would love to see someone knit blocks out of the sock club yarn. Wouldn’t that be amazing?- Lauria
I am not so much for New Years resolutions. In most cases, I find that my enthusiasm for whatever resolution I have set for myself peters out some time around Valentine’s Day (hello chocolate, my old friend). Instead, this year I set myself some goals. The goals should be a challenge, things I have to put effort into, but at the same time tangible and attainable.
One of my goals for 2014 is to design and knit an afghan block each month, which I will then stitch together at the end of the year into one snuggly blanket. The design aspect of this is the real challenge for me. I have improvised a few small knit and crochet items, but I have never officially designed anything. Especially not anything as large as a blanket.
After perusing my stash (another one of my goals is to knit from stash as much as possible), I decided to knit my blocks in Yearling. It is super soft and squishy, and the bulky weight yarn knits up quickly. Primarily, I’ll be using the Hot Chocolate, Chili Pepper, Mermaid, and Butternut colorways, with a few other colors sprinkled in as accents here and there.
I am aiming for a patchwork sort of look. Some of my blocks will be solid color blocks with stitch patterns. Others will be colorwork designs of some sort. The only hard and fast rules are that the blocks should be 12 inches square (for easy seaming), and no two blocks will be exactly alike. For my January block, I used the Chili Pepper colorway to knit a block that I consider to be a scaled up version of the cabled owl motif featured in Kate Davies‘ owls sweater. I have always loved the little owls and the way they are created by an ingenious use of simple cables. My block also uses cables, but on a much larger scale, to create the owl design. Later, I’ll add eyes and a beak using duplicate stitch.
Each month, I’ll be sharing my progress and pictures of the new block here on the blog and in the JMF group on Ravelry. There are several of us in the JMF group knitting blankets of assorted designs this year, and we would love to have you join us in the blanket block-a-long. (If you are interested in knitting up one of my block designs, I’ll be sharing the designs on Ravelry.) If you have your own blanket in progress or would like to start a blanket for the new year, please stop by the group and share your blanket ambitions with us. Hope to see you there!