Please help: sewing up a blanket of knitted squares.

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Hi. I'm making a baby blanket for my friends imminent baby. I've knitted all the squares on the diagonal.

I have 4 8inch squares for the corners, and the rest are 4inch squares in different colours. I know the pattern I want to sew them up as, but think I might have scuppered myself making different sizes. blush

Any tips please? Should I sew all the little ones first, then the corners? Or sew in lines?

TIA.

ZingWantsCake Fri 13-Sep-13 18:17:34

I would do this:

I assume you have 48 small squares - symbolised by .

4 big squares - symbolised by m

step1
start sewing the little squares together in pairs. all of them

so you'l get loads of : : : : : :

step2
sew one pair (which is now a rectangle) to one of the corner squares

m :

step 3
sew 4 more pairs , then another corner square to have a strip

m : : : : m

repeat step3 to make an identical corner squares strip

step4

sew the remaining pairs into strips like this

: : : : : : : :

step5

assemble the blanket like this

m : : : : m
: : : : : : : :
: : : : : : : :
m : : : : m

obviously your's will have good starigth edges - I can do it well on pc like this!

hth

ZingWantsCake Fri 13-Sep-13 18:18:53

sorry, *step
3* is saw 3 more rectangles (of 2 squares), not 4

Ooh, that makes sense Zing, and the way the pattern is planned, it would work quite well. Hmm, I shall bear that in mind, thank you.

I'm knitting the last square now, so thinking about the sewing up.

Excited and nervous about the finished article, the baby is due any day, so I'm hoping I'm on time. (even though the baby isn't!) grin

ZingWantsCake Fri 13-Sep-13 18:33:34

lovely project!

do link a photo here if you can!

how many little squares do you have?

obviously if the number is something like 65 you might have to add a "thin" row of ones in between the strips like this:

: : : : : : : : : : :
. . . . . . . . . . . .
: : : : : : : : : : :

are you going to arrange them first to see how blanket would look like?
I'd do that on a separate table or somewhere and only pick out the bits I'm sewing up - the put the sewn up piece back where it belongs so you don't mix things up.
easier then pinning them!

Thanks.

There are the 4 big squares, then 14 little ones, in dark pink and a sort of oyster pink/cream. I'd planned the pattern as

m:m
: ::: :
m:m

with dark pink corners, cream squares on the borders and as the two central squares. The top and bottom little squares between the big ones are alternate stacked, then same stack for the middle "stripe".

I'll put it on my ravelry page when I'm done.

Thanks for your help Zing!

(how do I do a photo link?) blush

ZingWantsCake Fri 13-Sep-13 22:40:50

I can imagine it will look lovely! I don't knit, but I do patchwork, so understand patterns and stuff!

photo links - I'm rubbish at that, sorry!

good luck, I'm sure they will love it! smile

AboutTimeForAChange Sat 21-Sep-13 10:50:39

Put the picture on your profile?

Once I've finished I'll put it up. My toddler had been up since 5:30 so am a bit too knackered to focus on sewing! I've done the squares into rectangles, I just need to sew them all into their horizontal strips, then turn the strips into a blanket!

ZingWantsCake Sat 21-Sep-13 14:11:25

how exciting!

It's done! Thanks for the help Zing, when I get on the lap top I'll put the pics up.

I can't say it's the best thing I've ever done! It's quite messy, but I've already told my friend that it had been handmade with love. Not necessarily handmade with skill, but definitely made with love. grin

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