Will this be the final finish for 2014?

Good evening everybody,

Today I have a finished project to share with you. Some of you may remember this gorgeous parcel of woolly goodness that arrived here for my birthday last February.

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I chose ten of the brightest colours I could find and also added some black. Then it was time to find a pattern. I chose this one called Double Vision by Woolly Thoughts because it reminded me of stained glass.

I knitted up the 100 squares really quickly. In fact, for a time I thought I was addicted to knitting these little gems. I decided not to knit the pattern as instructed (nothing new there then) and to make all of my squares on the diagonal.

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After finishing I tried edging with black crochet but wasn’t happy with the irregular finish, particularly as the squares had turned out so perfect.

So, it was back to the drawing board which usually means “Stuff it into a cupboard and think for a few months”. Anyway, with the weather turning really cold here over recent weeks I had decided that when I had time I would drag the bag from the cupboard and go for a finish. That was last week. I knew I would soon have a few days without work so I looked for a good way to sew the squares together in preparation for the sewing together marathon. I completely abandoned the idea of each square having a black outline. I found a video for the invisible stitching together of garter stitch knitting here. I think it worked really well. Here is a close up. Can you see the stitches?

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Work in progress…

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Finally, I crocheted a double border around the edge, again with two strands of yarn, and it finished it all off a treat.

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It’s so heavy that it’s all stretching as it hangs LOL.

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The finished size is 50 inches square and it’s really chunky and warm, perfect for those winter evenings on the sofa.

I really enjoyed making this blanket and I’m very happy with the finish. If I was to make it again, I’d definitely sew the squares together as I knitted them. The pattern suggests a method of picking up stiches and joining as you go but I didn’t want a ridge on the back of the blanket. Mine is fully reversible and that’s what I’d hoped to achieve.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope to see you again in the New Year Smile.

Avis x

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  1. claire93

     /  December 22, 2014

    nope can’t see your invisible stitches ^^ you have really done a terrific job, I love your bright blankie !

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  2. Hi Avis! This looks fantastic! I really love the design how it remins woven blanket!
    I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy NEW Year! x TEje

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  3. It’s like a beautiful bright woven plaid! Lovely work, immaculate seams.

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  4. witchylin

     /  December 22, 2014

    The finished blanket looks fabulous. I remember you starting it and thinking how I liked the colours. Perfect joining stitches. 10 out of 10.
    Have a Merry Crafty Christmas.

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    • Thank you Lin. Well, I did all of the stitching up in two solid days. My OH is so understanding LOL. It was the only way it was ever going to get done and it could have ended up back in the cupboard many times. I must never be allowed to knit so many squares without stitching up as I go again. Best wishes for 2015! Avis x

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  5. It looks amazing! The pattern makes it look like a giant pencil sketch.

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  6. Oh Avis, that is gorgeous!!

    Merry Christmas and stay warm under your beautiful blanket.

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  7. We have the living room floor back! 😉 Well done, looks lovely.

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous – love the way the colours blend with each other and no, can’t see the stitching! Came over to visit via Talles Tales from Chiconia….so glad I did!

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  9. I love it! The design is gorgeous but oh those scrumptious colours. Don’t you just want to grab an armful and cuddle it? 😀

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  10. What a beautiful blanket! It looks like it is the perfect blanket to cuddle up in while reading or stitching. Great job!

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  11. WOW.. Your blanket is BEAUTIFUL! I love the tartan look to it. I can’t wait to see your next blanket 🙂 Merry Christmas to you .
    Izz

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  12. What s great way to end the year – beautiful!

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