I have found the ideal project for my current state of mind (and life). I am generating squares at a brisk pace (I can make one each way on the train andÂ more than oneÂ during a movie or hockey game). I have made 19 so far, and I’m one my way to making a whole blanket likeÂ this one from Knitting at Knoon designs.
I have modified the design slightly:
Since I am using sock yarns, I knit 24 stitches per side of each square (casting on 48 + 1 for the middle).
Since I prefer stockinette for this particular blanket, I am also simply purling the whole of each wrong side row, rather than just the center stitch. This makes it very simple. If I were a more organized person, I would throw a stitchÂ marker in before the middle stitch as well, to avoid having to frog about 5 stitches back to it every few rows whenÂ I get carried away with the joy of knitting.
I started out by swatching each yarn to see which needle size made the most closely matching square etc. etc. And by square 3 decided to wing it. We’ll see if I live to regret that by square 219. . . .
I originally planned to make a very orderly pattern as well, carrying some colors along on a diagonal, or doing alternating rows or something similar–but I was excited to get started, and did not have all my intended yarns in one place, so I’m just winging that too. I am anticipating that causing more trouble in the end than the non-swatching–but this is not rocket science. The blanket will be warm, bright, light, and colorful.
Oh, and mostly blue. Did I mention blue?