Support thread - new blankets

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tribpot Tue 08-May-12 21:23:55

I'm starting to pull together some ideas for our new blankets, very sadly knit for MNers who have both lost a beloved baby recently sad

You will have instructions from Pistey about wool colours and some suggested shops to buy from - personally I buy mine from McA Direct and have found their service excellent, but there are lots of alternatives out there. Warning: Hobbycraft do not generally stock the required yarns.

The question of how many stitches to cast on comes down to the question of gauge; how tight or loose your knitting is with the yarn in question. Best way is to knit a sample (or a plain square); just measuring how wide it is once you've cast on won't be a very reliable measure because it stretches out once you start knitting. Equally, if it's already more than 6" wide you're on a hiding to nothing. For most people, on 4mm needles, 33-ish stitches and about 45-ish rows should give you a 6" x 6" square but don't do a whole one if you're not sure or a slow knitter, as it's mega-frustrating to have to pull it all back down again.

What follows is mostly links to patterns that we've done or revised in earlier blankets, or ideas for things you might want to try. I know there are some specific pattern requests for these two blankets and I'm looking those out. Warning: many of these are links to patterns on Ravelry, which is like the Facebook of knitting. Registering is free and 100% worth it, although it may mean you start sending your salary direct to your yarn shop of choice at the start of each month as you discover more and more amazing things to knit.

If you want to start with something more adventurous than garter stitch (knit every row) or stockinette (knit one row, purl the next, and so on) why not try the Chinese waves pattern? (Non-Ravelry link). Or maybe stars - this is a bit more difficult - (Non-Ravelry link).

Birds have been specifically requested so we're starting with this lovely Owl pattern - this involves cables and ends up looking a bit like this.

Note, though - before having a go at these patterns you need to know what your gauge is, so you can modify the pattern (so in the case of the owl, cast on fewer stitches / chop out a few rows in terms of length for example) or change needles to get it close to the 6" size.

If you want to follow our adventures in trying to get a particularly devilish heart pattern right, please see the support thread in which Team Heart did battle with hearts, trees and elephants.

More to follow ...

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:28:13

Checking in smile

Thanks for doing this for us, Trib. You little [star]


mummyinspain Tue 08-May-12 21:31:50

Marking my place.

would feather design be ok? Or I had the thought about applique or similar. I'm a newbe so I don't know what is allowed.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:33:40

You make whatever you feel you would like to and feel would be appropriate. We have no strict guidelines to patterns.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:34:04

Feather design sounds lovely smile

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 21:37:43

Cheers Knotty - happy to help.

Moss stitch has been mentioned on another thread - this is a lovely, textured way of knitting that is v simple (if a bit slow) and comes in two varieties.

Seed stitch (this is actually what I think in the UK we call moss stitch) where you basically knit 1, purl 1 across the row and then on the next row, purl 1, knit 1, etc. You need to cast on an even number of stitches to make this one work.

Moss stitch which is a variation on seed and needs an odd number of stitches to work.

I also like rice stitch and Turkish stitch although Turkish is very stretchy.

mummyinspain Tue 08-May-12 21:38:44

thanks Notty.

Right off to see if I still have my pattern books / samples!

Don't think I can cable anymore.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:38:57

Not too stretchy, please smile

Anything goes mummyinaspin, if my not-so-square squares made it into a blanket anything will grin

And I agree about Ravelry runnign away with your money. I will try the stars after my chinese waves Trib thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:40:06

Oi! Quick reminder we are aiming for 6" squares here grin

PurplePidjin Tue 08-May-12 21:41:32

thanks Trib!

Couple of little things:

John Lewis stock the wool. It's not the cheapest, but if you like to look feel before you buy, it's the easiest!

You will get at least two squares from a ball, and we need plain squares as much as fancy. So please feel free to knit a garter/stocking/moss one to see how it goes before embarking on a complicated design, they will both be appreciated and used

Please sew all ends in. We know it's an annoying job, try doing 100 squares with a minimum of two ends per square in the car on the way to the handover naughty Pidjie

Weigh your first square, then weigh the leftover wool. This will tell you if there's enough for another square.

Knotty and I can and will rescue anything. Please send your efforts, we are grateful. Leading on to...

Love is more important than skill. This is a hug for a family, not a showpiece for the V&A.


WhoremoaneeGrainger Tue 08-May-12 21:43:19

I want to try the stars, but dont know if i'm brave enough!!!

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:45:27

Ah gowonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, Grainger! grin

Checking in, I need some inspiration. Stars looks lovely but sounds kind of tangly to do.

They were mostly square as in they had 4 sides and 4 corners Knotty! At least this time I should get the right wool!

McKayz Tue 08-May-12 21:47:34

I think I might stick with garter stitch. Baby is due in 6 weeks and I want to make sure I can get them done.

Those stars look brilliant but I honestly have no idea how to do them!

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 21:50:01

So Knotty maybe Turkish inside a border of garter, if one felt so inclined?

For knitting in two colours, this is one I designed for elephants (the pattern is not mine, hopefully all my footnotes correctly attribute ownership!). This is a rather nifty Escher bird patter (also in two colours) which I might chart up like the elephants at the weekend.

Diagonal owl.

Hummingbird - looks better on the Ravelry link.

Raven - the link shows the pattern knit in two colours and also in one colour with two stitches, i.e. purling on the right side to make the pattern.

Again, none of these patterns are guaranteed to be 6" square, if you're not sure, start with something easier and work up.

PurplePidjin Tue 08-May-12 21:53:26

Don't worry, folks, I can't even knit! Happy to provide crochet support where necessary smile

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 21:54:33

I sense we have our first challenge here - who is game for Team Star? C'mon ladies, be bold! I will do some pics like I did for the heart square (btw I have to make these all public on my Flickr feed, leading to some interesting questions from friends or colleagues as to why I thought the world needed something like this). Should you wish to see the Team Heart photoset they are all here including the evidence that I couldn't even follow my own pattern.

Marking spot here. I prefer crochet, I'm not a confident knitter.

Evening all. So, stars are the new hearts are they? grin

Lovely to catch up with everyone again though I do wish it could be in happier circumstances.

I have some lovely blues and purples left from Mrs K's blanket which will make a couple of nice, snuggly plain squares even if the stars defeat me

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 22:04:13

WhoKnows - lots of fab crochet squares in previous blankets, not to mention the award for cutest bird ever.

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 22:05:45

Barbara - there's also the tree now we actually have a pattern that makes sense (unlike my first effort).

SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Tue 08-May-12 22:10:20

Have just started doing the stars and it's looking lovely - very straightforward to do but v effective smile.

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 22:16:21

Bloody hell Pirate - no flies on you, m'girl! Well done, you are in Team Star grin

For those looking for ideas on Ravelry, there's no need only to look through the gazillion and one patterns for squares (mostly dishcloths and such, some lovely ones are there) - I adapted this little roses sock pattern to make this square.

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 22:26:37

Just pulling some more ideas off the old threads. Gleaming has a simplified heart pattern but I wanted to check with her before linking to it.

Lacy mock cable.

Ripple stitch block - I cannot see the pattern in the teensy pic here! I might do that one just to see what the heck it looks like.


Some other textured squares (also with minute pictures!)

Gleaming's link to a stitch library.

And another.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 22:29:58

Trib, the cutest bird ever is the design I followed for the Twitter birds for the Kwazii blanket.

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 22:35:45

Waves of love - this is cute, I am half-way through a square of this although not in the right yarn. Would need adjusting to make sure it was 6" though.

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 22:36:27

Knotty - tis the same pattern, n'est-ce pas?

prettybird Tue 08-May-12 22:36:42

Oh goody, I can experiment with new patterns/techniques from the big fat knitting book that my dad got me for my birthday! smile

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Tue 08-May-12 22:36:56

200 knitted blocks I used this book for some easy ideas - it's all patterns rather than motifs but plenty of stuff suitable for novices.

I also googled for dishcloths as there are lots of cute motifs on free patterns, just watch how many you are casting on for the size of the square.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 22:37:55

It is, Trib. They come out beautifully, are very quick to make and use vry little wool.

<waves to PrettyBird> smile

prettybird Tue 08-May-12 22:44:29

<knotty - looks like I am going to be visiting Pistey end of July. You could gatecrash the slimmers meet-up!>

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 22:46:12

Only if I'm slimmer by then!

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 22:52:43

Minnie - I have the knitted blocks book too, really brilliantly laid out.

Pidj linked to this fantastic cat crochet design on MrsK's blanket thread.

Btw, looking back at MrsK's thread, I see I have under-guesstimated how many rows most people would find made 6". Pistey set some sort of record on 72. As such I think the 'B' pattern Pirate found should be okay for many at 65 rows. And the site has links to the other letters too.

MinnieBar Tue 08-May-12 22:56:17

Hello all. Marking my place for Team Star, I'm off to Ye Olde Yarn Shoppe tomorrow to purchase some wool yarn. So what colours they have might influence what I decide to knit [pedant]

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 23:00:41

Some colour charts - there are some nice celtic motifs among other things, but I'm still on the lookout for mouse patterns that aren't of Mickey.

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 23:28:20

And finally for tonight, a very apt but very sad baby footprint pattern.

Night night all, thoughts to Greengoose and MrsY, and their families.

lemonlymon Tue 08-May-12 23:56:49

Massively touched by the stories behind these blankets. I've found these two peanut patterns - not sure if the crochet one can be adapted for a square, as I don't crochet myself:
Little Miss Peanut and Peanut Chart
Somewhere in this pattern should be a mouse, but I haven't found it yet!, don't know if someone with more skill may be able to work it out? I also found mouse chart, mouse face, mice crochet mouse and another mouse.
This is a cutegorgeoise bird with heart wing and knitting chart and a bit random, but this snitch pattern has a wing in it.

Almost all links are, btw.

TwoJackRussellsandababy Wed 09-May-12 06:53:48

Just marking my place, am a newbie, but have ordered cream and green wool, waiting for it to arrive and then thought that I might just do some textured squares if that's ok?

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 06:59:52

TwoJack - no, unless you are knitting to Olympic standard by the end of the week, you are OUT.

wink - no of course not. All squares are very welcome, and I will repeat Knotty and Pistey's mantra, plain squares are good, plain squares are essential. Textured squares are lovely.

Btw, for anyone reading who needs help getting started here is a video on the cable cast on, which is a nice one to do.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 07:04:39

Morning all lovely woolly people brew

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 07:09:58

Simple squares are good. Simple squares are essential

Morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 07:52:10

Off to work, catch up later, have fun in here smile

SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Wed 09-May-12 11:09:59

grin trib

<proudly sports her Team Star award> grin

Unfortauntely having done 10 rows I've realised it's not wide enough so will have to start again blush - but it is very effective.

Btw, completely forgot to check on the deadline - when do we need to have these done by?

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 11:32:43

Knotty and Pistey haven't set a deadline yet, Pirate, so don't worry. It's likely to be about 1 month.

SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Wed 09-May-12 11:36:13

Oh good, that should be more than enough time smile.

PurplePidjin Wed 09-May-12 12:11:52

The cats are great, but my 4yo nephew reckons they look more like Pontypines...

JParkson Wed 09-May-12 12:32:40

marking my place, I'm in the crochet club here.


Are there any crochet guidelines for squares (apart from the obvious 6"!) grin

i.e. rough no. of stitches per row. I know this is tension dependent, so I'll probably start with about 30 and see how I go. Most of the squares I've done to date have been 13cm square, (roughly 5") and that's about the 25 mark.

I've seen some squares on other blankets with 3D flowers and such on them - are those attached after the main square has been made?

lemonlymon Wed 09-May-12 12:33:20

Had to google pontypines, never come accross them before! Have read through the pattern properly and found the mouse bit. Got a bit confused by all the 'turning' business!


Row 1: With blackm ch 30, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 7 chs, leaving rem chs unworked for tail, turn. (9 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across, turn. (10 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn. (9 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc dec in first 2 sts, sc in each st across, ending with 2 sc in last st, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across, ending with sc dec in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 8: Ch 1, sc dec in first 3 sts, sl st in next of each of next 2 sts, (4 dc, ch2, sl st) in next st, sc in each of last 3 sts. Fasten off.^

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 12:38:31

This looks rather gorgeous for you crochet types out there? I see it's a 12" square, mind you.

JParkson Wed 09-May-12 13:12:51

Oh trib that is stunning! I'll have a fiddle, see if I can tweak it down to 6"...

Her instructions are a little unfamiliar, so I'll have a play with some regular yarn before I crack on with the 'real stuff' smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 13:22:40

Haven't set a deadline yet, but think 3 to 4 weeks to allow for wool deliveries, and to give people who take a bit longer like me a chance to make smile

mummyinspain Wed 09-May-12 13:46:41

Afternoon all. QUESTION.

We not doing Double KNitting are we? Does the back need to be enclosed or just neat, or are we doing double sided blankets?

Would something like this work? Assuming we need square squares would need to work out a way to fill in the bottom.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 13:49:13

The blanket is not double sided, so the back needs to be as neat as possible. And pesky ends have to be sewn in grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 13:52:37

That's stunning though!

And yes, the squares need be on the squarer side of square and 6". smile

That really is impressive though, I wouldn't know where to start!
A lovely crafter has joined us now and she is in Australia, and we have our Austrian friend too - so with you too we are an international bunch grin

lemonlymon Wed 09-May-12 14:08:32

Does anyone know of a nice knitting pattern with a daisy? I've seen a gorgeous crochet daisy on rav, and it reminded me that the daisy is the birthflower for April. I thought that might be a nice thing to include...

mummyinspain Wed 09-May-12 14:23:07

Now piste, I can do alot of complicated stuff knitting but that pattern I can do easy as pie (I like Fair Isle), can't really do much cable work, but I can double knit but I'm SLOW so thanks for that.

Think I would be able to work from the top down and then do the bottom edge as a boarder and just smiple stocking stich for the top to make a square square!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 14:31:53

I am really looking forward to seeing it!

mummyinspain Wed 09-May-12 14:32:05

I love this, but I cant think of a good way to shrink the pattern

Lemonly I think that is lovely, can't it also be sweet pea?

I used to make my own fair isle patterns using one of the block peg boards. think I have seen the same daisy (makes me want to crochet which I can't)

I will go and have a look for a daisy pattern

mummyinspain Wed 09-May-12 14:34:10

Bother just seen, I made a typo

Piste I am sorry I sound so b****y condisending (sp) should read

no piste i CAN'T do complicated knitting stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thell Wed 09-May-12 14:51:40

Another crocheter here - I'ma beginner knitter too, but have the crocheting bug! And it feels quicker and less frustrating.

That stars design is gorgeous.

Ordered yarn today - will have a go at a cute bird on plain background, maybe some textured plain squares, maybe a nice granny square or two?

5madthings Wed 09-May-12 15:00:45

i dont knit but i did learn years ago and on the back of greengooses thread i have been inspired to learn again! i shant learn in time to get a square done for this blanket but hope to contribute to any future blankets, well would rather they werent needed but life isnt like that sad

i have contributed wool tho smile

is there a knitters thread on mnet where i could get tips, i need the BASICS like what needles to buy etc! i did used to knit moss stitch, knit one pearl one and made a little bag for my ds1 many many years ago! so was able to knit squares! it will be nice to have a hobby for me and to learn something newish, especially as it can be used for such a special cause xxx

mummyinspain Wed 09-May-12 15:08:28

god would love to croche but have never been able to do it!

lemony what about this

Or more obviously a daisy if anyone can crochet them to be added to a square

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 15:09:40

mummyinspain - you made me laugh!

5madthings - it is like riding a bike apparently
Buy yourself some 4mm needles, some Rowan cash soft DK or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (not the baby one) and it will all come back to you. If you were doing moss stitch you were good!! There are some good youtube tutorials to remind yourself. G'wan grin

5madthings Wed 09-May-12 15:19:49

no i wasnt good, but i could do a square, i am left handed and found casting on tricky but could knit fine, knit one pearl one was ok but i never did anything more than that! i can remember HOW to knit, but not how to cast on, so shall have a look on youtube!

my mum taught me as a child and then i did a bit when preg with ds2 for a craft group, i shall go buy needles, we have a john lewis in town so i shall go there and have a mooch at what they have available smile

thankyou for your advice and confidence in me grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 15:29:11

Youtube is your friend 5madthings. Let us know how you get on smile Shall I pencil you in for a square?!

I just lurrrve hanging around on this thread, makes me feel all crafty <beams>

5madthings Wed 09-May-12 15:31:39

oh god i dont think i would get one done in time, well i shall maybe go to town tomorrow for needles and wool as dp is home so i can abandon the small people grin

i shall let you know how i get on, it would be lovely to get a square or two done, one for each blanket but i shall see, it will mean spending less time on mnet in the evenings when dp is at work shock but that is actually probably a good thing! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 15:45:29

Shall I pencil you in and put it in brackets? smile

I am teasing, have a go and see!

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 16:17:41

Afternoon smile

Lovely to see everyone having a go. Smashing.

prettybird Wed 09-May-12 16:52:48

I've uploaded pictures of some of the squares I did for the last two blankets onto my profile, if that helps someone to get some ideas.

5madthings Wed 09-May-12 17:04:31

yes pencil me in with brackets! smile

right another question, sorry blush re needles, size 4 but is there any make or type that is best? i remember that some are made of diff things, or have diff coatings on them? so wooden, plastic, metal with a coating? i dont want to spend loads but i dont want to get crappy ones. so if you know of any good reasonably priced ones? smile

prettybird they are lovely smile

5madthings Wed 09-May-12 17:06:46

awesome cakes as well btw! i have done R2D2 and a castle and tinkerbell and a few others but love the darlek, is that maltesers on it for the bumpy bits? i may pinch that idea grin

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 17:09:23

5madthings, you need 4mm needles, not size 4. They are different.

I use the bog standard metal ones - which should be fine for getting started and are quite cheap. Our local chemist sells them here but you might find some in charity shops. They have to keep them under the counter though as they are 'dangerous weapons'. Certainly can be in my hands!

Just make sure if you get them from a charity shop that they don't have any snaggy bits.

prettybird Wed 09-May-12 17:11:27

They were indeed maltesers. Plus various Liquorice All Sorts, Catherine Wheel Liquorice, Chocolate Mints and American Hard gums and writing icing to complete the effect.

RedRosie Wed 09-May-12 17:43:01

Hello Hello Hello!

I managed to contribute one plain square and one with a simple heart on for the last blankets ...

Would like to do another pattern this time - it needs to be simple knit and purl only as I'm a real novice (see profile for low skill level).

I've seen birds mentioned - is there something really easy I could do?

mummyinspain Wed 09-May-12 18:00:54

Piste I'm please I make someone laugh, I spen most of my time banging my head and going DUH! Brain finger interaction is not good, and I am too used to DP chaecking everything I type as my spelling is terrible! but MN is MINE all MINE. hence the typo's terrible spelling and general mistakes in all my posts. I am consistent in my failour (sp)!

mummyinspain Wed 09-May-12 18:03:58

Resrosie, I think anything would be gratefully recieved, it really is a case of the thought that counts. If you want to do soemthing easy but a bit more dynamic, why not stripes (two wools, just change on over for the other) which are simpler to do if you do them horizontally but can be turned round if wanted verticle.

Or something like a round "sun" in the middle and then just sew a couple of simple birds on to the front (ie black thread in the shape of an M)

Or just a plain square.

5madthings Wed 09-May-12 18:06:11

oh yes i have 4mm written on my note for town but put size 4 on here, going slightly mad...

prettygirl it looks very cool, my ds2 would love it! i shall be having another look later to get a better idea how you did it!

ok so metal needles and yes charity shop is a great idea, there are loads in town and as i am going in without small people i shall be able to browse shock i may even be really sad and get one of those counter things for keeping track of how many rows you have done blush i am getting sadly excited about having a new hobby grin

Trib/*Knotty*(or any other Knitting Gurus). Do you reckon that the cable cast on is better for squares? I learned how to do it recently but not sure I totally know when to do it.

landofsoapandglory Wed 09-May-12 19:12:33

I'm waiting for my wool to arrive.

I have this book which I have used for a lot of the blankets in the past. But I am not very adventerous and tend to stick to squares of one colour because I don't want to make a mess of them and thus spoil the blanket!

I am going to have a go at the humming bird one, and look through my book and see what I can adapt. Maybe I will have ago at a flower or something.

I shall have to spend some time using scraps of wool experimenting when we don't need a blanket I think.

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 19:24:34

Barbara - I think for the squares, as the edges are going to be covered by superb crochet, you can do whatever cast-on floats your boat.

That said, I love the cable cast-on, I think it's very hard to do wrong and my top knitting guru who is alive (because obviously Her Zimmerness is everyone's top knitting guru of all time) advocates the cable cast-on for everything.

PurplePidjin Wed 09-May-12 19:33:22

JParkson that pattern is 12" with a 5.5mm hook. With a 4mm hook and dk weight wool plus skip the last couple of rows it should come up at 6". Let me know if you want to have a bash in crap acrylic at the weekend smile

Anybody wanting a blanketty stitch and bitch, let me know. The last couple were Reading and Oxford which are a bloody long way for me (minimum of 4 hours each way), but I'm happy to do Winchester/Southampton/Portsmouth/Dorchester all of which are relatively easy from here thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 19:33:54

<ahem> I'd like to be considered a knitting guru.....

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 19:34:31

Babs, cast on however you like, my lovely smile

As Trib says, we don't stitch the blankets together, we hook them: so all edges will be covered by a double crochet seam.

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 19:46:14

landofsoap - my elephant squares for the last blanket were my first attempt at two-colour knitting (that wasn't stripes). It did take a bit of doing but we can definitely help you if you want to have a bash at it. Or you could start with something a bit different from horizontal stripes this one actually is (so it claims) just two rows of colour A followed by two of colour B and so on. Or this one with vertical stripes.

Btw crocheteers, I came across this heart pattern on Rav just now. Love. It. This is a very simple but pretty heart design for knitters and another crochet.

I can make a meet-up in the same general area Purple - I tried last time but couldn't make the date. Actually, not Dorchester, that is too far (I'm East Hants).

PurplePidjin Wed 09-May-12 19:57:42

WhoKnows, so am I! So far east I can see the border if I strain my eyes and squint grin

Sod it, let's do one in Ringwood wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 20:00:45

My Grandma used to live in Ringwood

landofsoapandglory Wed 09-May-12 20:00:47

Thanks trib. I need to take the plunge IYSWIM. I've just had a flick through my book and there is quite an easy flower that I think I could do. It's on a chart, rather than a pattern, which I have a bit of trouble seeing so I reckon if I sat at the table when the kids are at school and wrote it out I might be able to have a stab at it.

I've just ordered this book to give me some more ideas.

confused Ringwood is West? Southampton is about my limit distance wise on week days anyway (I'm between Guildford and Winchester).

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 20:06:15

Yes, that book is great, land - lots of fab ideas.

PurplePidjin Wed 09-May-12 20:06:15

Ringwood is luvverly. It has Waitrose and an Aga shop, where I met Mary Berry last Christmas grin

PurplePidjin Wed 09-May-12 20:07:54

And Pidjie yet again demonstrates her remarkable ignorance if such metaphysical concepts as Right and Left blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 20:08:14

My Grandma had an aga too.

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 20:20:23

My Grandma didn't have an aga or live on Ringwood

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 20:21:47

Nor mine - Knotty! They must be the same grandma wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 20:23:23

My Grandma wasn't Mary Berry though

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 20:29:31

Nor mine, Pistey! How spooky grin

Any thought about a meet up in Scotland? As much as I would love to go to Ringwood, I don't think I could even point out East Hants on a map blush is it near London?

PurplePidjin Wed 09-May-12 20:53:56

Glaikit, all I know about scotland is its above Newcastle.

I live about 90 miles down from London, in the middle of the South coast. Will do meetups within a two hour radius smile

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 20:57:33

Well just to add a Midlander's perspective on this conversation about our geography, a friend of mine was once informed at a college in London (when announcing she was from Derby) "I've been to Edinburgh". As if Derby is perhaps a suburb of Edinburgh.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 20:59:43

Ringwood isn't too near Scotland

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 21:01:21

Neither's Derby, Pistey! But I think anything outside London (probably even to the south of it) is essentially the Outer Darkness. Or the Outer Hebrides as they are also known.

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 21:08:27

Ringwood makes good beer. [happy days]

I have made most of a heart square! And I have only mysteriously lost one stitch so far (and reinserted it by knitting into front and back, which is my new cure-all for mysterious disappearing stitches). And I think I swapped my ssks and k2togs a couple of times, but it looks fine anyway. It's vair pretty, if I do say so myself.

I wondered if these little flowers might embellish a plain or textured square nicely - I made one for a knitted hairband I did the other day (I have the attention span of a gnat and enjoy knitting great lengths of icord while watching Homeland you see) and it was quite easy. It has five petals rather than the four in the picture - you just keep going.

Heh, actually just realised that's the same website I got my mini Xmas stocking pattern from - never noticed it was the same one, they must have their Google rankings off pat!

prettybird Wed 09-May-12 21:19:31

Glaikit (love your name BTW) - we could have another doomed to failure attempt to organise a Scottish Meet-up. I am sure that StayingDavidTennantsGirl would be up for a crafting meet-up and I am sure there would be others.

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 21:31:04

Baby, feel free to add some flowers to a simple square. smile

We have an Aga shop too and will soon have a Waitrose. I have often wondered how the Aga shop survives as I have never seen anyone actually go in there, but I guess they don't have to sell too many Agas per week.

Glaikit East Hants where I am is about 30 miles SE of London. I can make a Scottish meet-up if you wait till August when I will be visiting <misses point>

Tribpot - you have reminded me of the time years ago when I first went to visit a new boyfriend's parents, in Tamworth. The mum made me a cup of tea and asked if I'd ever been Up North before. As my family are from Yorkshire I don't regard Tamworth as being in any way North. I remember just sitting there with my mouth opening and shutting like a goldfish. Needless to say that relationship didn't work out.

Anyway, back to the matter in hand. I too was wondering about making some crochet applique flowers, and either attaching them to my own squares or sending them to be attached wherever suited the finished blanket.

x-posted with Knotty.

Heart square done, ends woven in, time for bed.

lemonlymon Wed 09-May-12 23:36:16

mummyinspain, those daisy earings are super cute. wish i could crochet, but fairly basic knitting is about all i can do. i told the girls in my office who knit about these projects, and they've said they'd like to have a bash, so have ordered a few more balls and should have a load to send. Do we have submission dates yet?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 06:38:53

lemonlymon No deadline quite yet, but usually about 3 to 4 weeks.

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 07:04:15

Morning smile


Jusr sorting a last posting date now.

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 07:34:56

Last posting date for squares is Saturday 2nd June

You can post your squares before this though. When you are ready, PM Pistey or me and we'll give you the details.


mummyinspain Thu 10-May-12 08:01:54

thanks for that, just need the wool and I am off to knit

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 08:11:02

Off to work this morning, and running late!
Will be back at lunchtime

<rushes off>

Umami Thu 10-May-12 08:34:06

<An aside from current square planning>

Pistey/ Knotty/ Pidj/ Anyone Wot Knows - are there any pictures around of the flowery garland we did? I shamefully cannot remember who it was for blush but I never saw the finished article.

That abstract cat crochet linked to upthread is marvellous! grin

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 08:59:09

Off to work. Haven't uploaded garland pics: will add it to my things to do smile

Umami Thu 10-May-12 09:39:09

No hurry Knotty! I assumed I'd missed them as I've not been around here very much.

The FB page is really doing its job, btw. I probably wouldn't have come across the new blanket threads without it.


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 14:13:18

That is really good about the Facebook page Umami - that's exactly what we hoped, it is very easy to miss threads, but easy to post something on FB knowing it will appear in everyone's newsfeed.

Super speedy donors we have - lots of lovely woolly wool has arrived with crafty crafters. Go, go go!!!

Do you need any more knitters? I usually miss the blanket threads but have just spotted this one.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 14:41:17

Pming you Tilly thanks

Well, I've just got back from my local wool shop and the lady says she has given up on both Debbie Bliss and Rowan because they have no reps covering our area and supply is so erratic. She also told me that the two shops in the nearest bigger town are in the same boat. So it's mail order only for me. Are Cucmberpatch the one most people are using?

Umami Thu 10-May-12 15:05:34

Right, have begun my first square. Have done a meagre 3 rows and am exhausted and have crochet cramp. Think I have a major issue with tension confusedhmmgrin

Time for a brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 15:51:49

Cucumberpatch are generally good.

Fingers and Thumbs

Some have got it from amazon but that actually means Deramores they are good

Thanks. The danger of me going to these websites is that I will end up buying lots of stuff I don't really need <flexes credit card>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 16:15:31

Just behave WhoKnows grin

tribpot Thu 10-May-12 16:26:20

I got mine from Deramores as I fancied giving the Debbie Bliss a try. The Rowan is lovely, though - and very widely available online. I've already given a plug for my fave yarn shop in the opening post on this thread (so won't do it again in case it looks like I work for them or something!)

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 16:27:47

and trib's fave shop here!!

tribpot Thu 10-May-12 18:37:31

Thanks Pistey smile I do not get kickbacks from them, although I think I should grin

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 18:44:50

Evening, lovely people smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 19:55:09


prettybird Thu 10-May-12 20:00:48

Can you remind me of the colours to be used again please? smile

I can remember that Birds were of significance to one of the families and may try something using the Intarsia technique (in my big fat Knitting book). But I may just end up practicing some of the other stitices/patters. Alternatively I may just revert to the cable and Icelandic patterns I've done before

tribpot Thu 10-May-12 20:02:25

bird - Blues, warm purples, pinks, greens, silvers and cream

I have been meaning to ask what 'cold purple' is and why we are not allowed to use it, I think Knotty and Pistey should be held to account on that one grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 20:03:36

You were quick! Yes birds have symbolic meaning to the Greengoose family, so any included in designs would be lovely. Their cokour theme is Blues, warm purples, pinks, greens, silvers and cream

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 20:06:28

colour obv.

Mrs Y colour theme is Blues, warm purples, greens, silvers and cream, and for them stars, birds, feathers. Their son's nickname is peanut, their daughter's mouse.

Cold purple really means that sort of pale lilac, which can be very hard to fit in with other colours. Do you know the one I mean Trib?

mummyinspain Thu 10-May-12 20:18:59

Would it be possible to add mice, or names to the square? Don't know if the family would like this, or just to stay to stars, birds etc?

Still got my thinking cap on, just waiting for my wool (but it is coming a long way)

DD wants to help me knit the square(s) should be fine she is 4 and I've not taught her to knit yet!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 20:31:49

mummyinspain Your wool is on its way smile

We always ask families for suggestions so that we can really personalise blankets, it is so important we make the blanket for the family iyswim. So for MrsY's yes please to a mouse design, or a peanut ( we've put Trib on the trail for this) and their suggestions of stars, birds or feathers. Way beyond me though. We do have crafters working on initials for both blankets which is great.

Good luck with your DD helping!

And hope the wool arrives soon wine

lemonlymon Thu 10-May-12 21:18:26

I found a knitting chart for a peanut, Pistey, but I'm a real novice so not sure I can do it myself - it's that there intarsia stuff I think (at least, it's two colours). I linked ^ with a load of mice and stuff!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 21:22:36

You are brilliant lemon, many thanks indeed. Sadly it is totally beyond me, I wonder who could take it on?!

tribpot Thu 10-May-12 21:27:55

lemon - yip, many thanks for the links. I was gonna have a go at one of them at the weekend to see what it looked like but a peanut is going to be a bit tough to do in a way that doesn't look like a blob confused. There are some cute Snoopy patterns available but I do appreciate that's not quite the same thing! I wonder if maybe just using the basic shape of the peanut in a slightly lacy way - this website has a rather gawjus peanut logo, for example.

lemonlymon Thu 10-May-12 21:42:17

More than welcome guys - I have plenty of time to browse rav, but you know what they say, a little learning is a dangerous thing. I know just enough to know what to look for, but not enough skill to actually knit them!

I know what you mean about the blob look, trib, don't want another catpoo, do we?!

I did wonder about doing peanut-y shaped bobbles in brown over a blue square? Or wether they would still look too bloby? I think if they are 3d bobbles, the texture might help them look peanut-ish?

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 21:45:53

OI! Leave the catpoop square out of this!

tribpot Thu 10-May-12 21:50:05

Bobbles are a good thought, lemon. Catpoop is not wink

How about this which is a v basic little chart I've wanged together based on a sort of peanutty shape? I've put two different designs down, I think the second works better. Obv you need a certain degree of imagination to suppose this really looks like a peanut.

tribpot Thu 10-May-12 21:58:46

Or .. this cable 'n' bobble pattern is rather nifty.

This is a brambly bobble pattern I found on my travels as well, just thought I'd throw that one in and actually the Vogue knitting site has some fanTAStic patterns. Here's a set of texturedy ones - bouquet very cute if not exactly square ...

lemonlymon Thu 10-May-12 22:14:17

Oh, some lovely patterns - I never knew about the Vogue site! Lovely.

I like the charts, I think if it's the right shade of brown, it'll be ok. Which reminds me, I'm trying a few ideas for some 3d bits, do they all have to be in the same wool? I kind of think the shrinkage won't be an issue as it will only on the surface of one square. Otherwise, it'll be quiet expensive to get all the right colours in the right wool to only use a bit of some of them.

tribpot Thu 10-May-12 22:17:56

Yeah, I realise the purple is not quite brown enough. But then brown is off the list, like cold purple wink - might need to be more of a peanut-shaped motif than an actual peanut-coloured peanut.

I got away with this last time, so I think Knotty and Pistey are not totally rigid on the colours. Although maybe they just said that so I wouldn't feel bad!

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 22:31:31

<checks nelly square is still safely hidden>

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 22:31:52


I missed the catpoop square, but maybe I shouldn't ask!

My mum is visiting this weekend and bring her needles so I'll get her to do a couple of fancy shmancy squares to pass off as my own

So prettybird, should we try to organise a Scotland meet up? I don;t know how many of us are up here, but me+you=2 that could be classed as a meet up!!

My knitting is tighter now than the last blanket so my 35 stitches for the chinese wave design only gave me 4 inches confused

And I can vouch for --Tribs company--MCA direct for fast delivery and great customer service!

lemonlymon Thu 10-May-12 22:42:50

knotty, where do you stand on using other wool for 3d stuff? And using orfentic colours for flowers and peanuts etc?

trib love that nelly square, the colourway of the elephants is very pretty.

tribpot Thu 10-May-12 22:44:19

Well I'm glad you've got to see it lemon, since apparently it's locked up in knotty's dungeon forever wink

Glaikit, are you sure you're on the same size needles? I can't quite see how your gauge can have changed that much unless you've grown extra fingers or something ...

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 22:51:26

If you hang on until tomorrow when I can get to it, I think I may have some wool in a dark cream/ peanutty colour.

The trouble is with going off the colour spectrum with totally different colours, it can mean that that one colour 'pops' ahead of all the others because there isn't a smattering of it across the blanket. Can make things look less balanced.

One of the blankets we did, I spent ages shuffling squares around as there was a certain colour that really didn't like being up against most of the others. I ended up having to add bits of that colour here and there to make it work.

lemonlymon Thu 10-May-12 22:53:10

Oh, I was going to try and do some daisy's, so a little bit of pale yellow. And a lady in my knitting group wants to try little pale brown mouse? Ir the mice and the peanut's are done in the same shade, would that balance overall?

Nope same size needles, but knitting faster and not having to stick my tongue out in a concentrated manner. I can even have a convo with DH while knitting now. The last time he got shouted at if he spoke to me mid row grin!! Maybe my last chinese wave square was smaller, just not as obviously so.

PurplePidjin Fri 11-May-12 06:20:30

Let us raid our stashes - I've got lots of odd bits of various colours left over from previous ones, i'll have a look when I can be arsed to get up later brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 06:35:21

Morning brew brew brew brew brew brew brew brew
Catpoop square? A legend. <happy sigh>

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 06:38:20

Morning grin

I'll raid my stash after I'be done the school run.

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 06:39:00

Cheer, Pistey grin

PurplePidjin Fri 11-May-12 07:06:07
KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 07:16:47

Tis catpoop square! grin

PurplePidjin Fri 11-May-12 07:18:37

Tis indeed brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 07:20:36

Never tire of it. Catpoop square. Aww....

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 07:32:11

That has set me up for the day.

prettybird Fri 11-May-12 08:10:09

Glaikit (do you think the Sassenachs know what that means?! wink) - you may find that your knitting loosens off again as you get more "into" it. But until then/if not, you might want to use 4.5 or 5mm needles.

My gauge has gone a bit awry. confused I may have to send an SAE so I can have my squares back if they're no good.

Heart square is square but a tad small. Little shells square is ... not. I'm making sure it IS 6" long so if it need to be pulled widthways it won't end up short as well.

Thanks prettybird! If I'm asked what it means I say I regularly look a lot like this confused so I guess my name is quite apt for these knitting threads!!

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 09:00:25

Don'tCallme, what size is the heart and how much stretch is there in it?

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 09:17:34

Lemonly, I have a little bit of a very soft beigey brown that tones nicely with the colours we're using. It is either Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK 043 or Rowan Cashsoft DK 'Donkey' - similar colours. If all the peanuts and mice were made in those shades or darker creams, they wouldn't 'pop'.

Also, are you talking about making separate knitted/crocheted daisies to stitch onto a square? Would the pale yellow be just the inner of the daisy or the whole flower?

lemonlymon Fri 11-May-12 09:54:38

Thanks knotty. I was planning on doing a couple of small daisies to stich onto a plain square, would just be a little bit of yellow in the centre of each flower. Petals would be white/cream.

Do all the embellishments have to still be cashmerino or cashsoft? If not, I have some soft yellow that tones nicely with the blues and greens I have. If so, I'll skip the daisies and try a mouse...

TwoJackRussellsandababy Fri 11-May-12 10:26:25

I remember now why I don't bother with tension squares, reknitting the blooming first square for about the fourth time hmm.....still I will know how many to cast on for the rest once this one is finally done!

I shall love knitting the boy his next jumper, at least he can grow into it whatever size it ends up!

The daisy's sound lovely smile

prettybird Fri 11-May-12 10:51:06

Forgive me for I have sinned........ blush

I have a dreadful admission to make blushblush

Some of the pink bits in my previous squares weren't either Cashmerino or Cashsoft blush

My excuse is that I had some spare pink MillaMia Merino wool and got it mixed up with the almost identical Cashmerino pink when i was doing some of the Icelandic patterns. The washing instructions are the same and the fact that I couldn't tell the difference meant I just left it.

Am I forgiven??

McKayz Fri 11-May-12 10:58:24

<cries> my blooming square is 6.5 inches!!!

hee hee prettybird! I'm glad someone else cocked up with wool. I used baby cashsoft last time. To be fair I was a novice and had no idea about different wool types! now obviously I'm an expert wink

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 12:52:53

Lemonly, the daisies sound loverly smile Go for it. The other wool should be fine for embellishments.

We use wool that we know will wash and shrink the same: pretty important for the squares, less so for fancy bits.

Prettybird... I'll be having words with you later! grin

McKayz - don't panic! I can work with that there square. A slight variation is workable.

prettybird Fri 11-May-12 13:04:43

Sorry miss. Won't happen again miss. Promise miss.

As it was a pure soft merino dk and only used in a little bit of pattern, it should be ok won't it?? hmm

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 13:16:17

Bloody hope so grin

GetOnYourDancingShoes Fri 11-May-12 13:26:03

My donor's wool arrived today - thankyou LB! (a lovely dark purple and cream)

I'll get started on it tonight when I've finished the pink star square I'm working on now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 13:34:00



<checks watch>Already Pistey, have we driven you to drink already? smile

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 13:58:28

She needs little excuse.

lemonlymon Fri 11-May-12 17:09:20

Hope the daisies work out now! I feel a bit of pressure!

Still waiting for my wool, but am sorting out (in my head) what I want to do, so when it does here will do a tension square and crack on.

wine to you, too, Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 17:35:13

Thank you lemon - let's all have one

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

Shame Knotty hasn't got any internet right now, she likes a party.

Marking place whilst on train on way home from work. DH has told me there is wool waiting for me so I willbe starting tonight.

<waves at Droitwich> - how are you?

Hello whoknows. I'm fine. Just starting my very first MN square - ridiculously excited! I've found a pattern with the tree of life which I am going to attempt. Wish me luck...

Good luck! These are my 4th and 5th squares, I was spurred into learning to crochet in order to help with the blankets last year and have been crocheting non stop ever since (which may go some way to explaining the state of my house)

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 19:33:46

I know the feeling there, WhoKnows grin

There is a tree of life on Chipmonkey's blanket. It is gorgeous.

McKayz Fri 11-May-12 19:39:09

I am at 4.5 inches!! After the disaster that was my last attempt to knot for a MN blanket I think I'm going to at least have 1 square!!

< fingers crossed I haven't jinxed myself>

tribpot Fri 11-May-12 19:48:04

Funnily enough, I ordered two balls of the Debbie Bliss cashmerino that look much more yellow and brown than I had intended. The brown one is the number 43 that Knotty mentions above. The yellow is 39, which appears no longer to be available as I can't see it in the list, but the colour is called 'banana yellow' so perhaps I shouldn't be too surprised it isn't cream as I intended confused. The yellow doesn't really go with the other colours, although the combo of green (011) with the brown and yellow isn't hideous.

So colour-wise I'm not sure how the brown's gonna go for the peanuts. At the mo I am tempted to stick with a peanutty motif rather than trying to knit an actual peanut.

tribpot Fri 11-May-12 20:01:48

Lily's have published this month's free patterns and the theme is dishcloths - fantastic for us! I think you should be able to access these without a login:

Diagonal Stitch (knit)

Wavy Stripes (crochet)

Honeycomb (knit)

You can access these via Ravelry as well but you definitely will need to log in there, let me know if you can access these links. Of course, registration is free with the website.

Yes, the links opened for me OK. That crochet one looks nice, I have been trying a small version of ripples while I wait for my proper wool to arrive.

PurplePidjin Fri 11-May-12 20:09:47

Sorry, everyone, I'm a temp and got a last minute job after I posted. I'll look out my wool stash tomorrow, promise!

RedRosie Fri 11-May-12 20:12:40

Have PMed you Pitsey. My wool has arrived. Please thank my donor ...

Evening all wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 20:18:53

I will my lovely Rosie wine cheers!

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 20:41:11

wine smashing

Why does DS bedtime have to interfere with my knitting? Will get 1st square finished tonight.
Any more wine?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 21:07:53

wine plenty

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 21:08:43


I got loadsa wine

100years Fri 11-May-12 21:35:48

I've started a square in that wavy stripe pattern tribpot posted a link to, however the pattern is for an 8" square so I've tried using a smaller hook, I must have also overcompensated in tightness and my first couple of rows are only 4.5" across, so I either try again with a bigger hook or crochet a bit looser.

Molehillmountain Fri 11-May-12 21:49:37

Thank you to my lovely donor. I wasn't sure I'd be able to join in after all but now I can! So pleased to get the wool. Will do my very best with it. Did anyone else get performance anxiety with donated wool? Feels like a different level of responsibility, like when I look after someone else's children for the afternoon. Having to start simply for first square otherwise I might not have cast on! But def want to try some fancier stuff afterwards!

Molehillmountain Fri 11-May-12 22:03:12

Ooh-how strange-as I type the sign up and support threads (for greengoose) have the same number of posts. Although once I post this they won't. blush I'll get my coat....

100years Fri 11-May-12 22:03:45

Or the other alternative of adding in the appropriate number of stitches in the chain. I'll try again in the morning.

100years Fri 11-May-12 22:04:48

And I've made it even less so now. Sorry b

100years Fri 11-May-12 22:05:21

B? I have no idea. Obviously time for bed

My first square is finished! Thank you to my wool donor, BS via Cucumberpatch. It 's a lovely pale blue which looks great in a textured pattern. I will get one (maybe two) more squares from it.
Time for bed I think.

Primrose123 Sat 12-May-12 00:12:58

Just finished my first square!

I did it in this stars pattern

It was too narrow though, only 5 inches, so I've crocheted a border around the edge, and now it's closer to 6x6.

Primrose123 Sat 12-May-12 00:14:47

Can anyone tell me why they are called dishcloths? Do people make them and use them as dishcloths? If so, do they just make them out of normal wool?

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 06:27:17

Primrose - yes, people do use them as dishcloths or facecloths, but in this case they are made of cotton yarn. There is an unbelievably brilliant American brand called Lily's Sugar and Cream which does a gazillion colours and is a heavyweight cotton (like a 100% cotton aran or even chunky yarn). So a lot of the patterns for squares that you'll see on Ravelry are knitted in it, but it's not fantastically easy to source here, although Hulu carry it.

Although we have some really great 100% cotton yarns here (like Patons 100% cotton DK) I haven't yet found an alternative to the Lily's for making actual facecloths - the Debbie Bliss eco aran is twice the price and the rest are cotton blends - which make them excellent for garment knitting (the cotton twist is one of my faves) but less useful for dishcloths. There's also the Wendy chunky but the range of colours is minuscule compared to Lily's.

RedRosie Sat 12-May-12 09:33:37

Molehillmountain - I got performance anxiety with the last blankets and will probably get it again, as I'm only a basic knitter.

My tactic this time will be to knit plain, neat squares with my lovely donor wool. These set off the fancy ones by the super-crafters. Look at some of the other blankets on the WoollyHugs site ...

Remember the MN Blanket Mantra:

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 09:38:03

Yes, I'm not a donor but I'm quite sure those who are are just gratified to be able to help with the overall effort. I imagine they don't sit about having "god have you seen the gauge on that one? My knitter's better than your knitter" type conversations grin

RedRosie Sat 12-May-12 09:57:30

"My knitter's better than your knitter?"

Scary thought. Really scary.

Maybe they do?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 09:59:20


They say, "Can I not donate to so and so, because quite frankly daaaaahling, her tension is shocking." Tis true [innocent expression]

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 10:07:23

Yeah, "her cabling is a feckin disgrace, give my wool to someone else!"

Suddenly I'm seeing our beloved donors in a whole new light. They're like the puppet masters and we are their unwitting playthings. Crafters, we have to fight the power! The donors are The Man!

KnottyLocks Sat 12-May-12 10:14:34

I simply will tolerate hierarchy in the Woolly Hugs brigade.

My word is law.

RedRosie Sat 12-May-12 10:25:45

"Have you seen that casting on ...? And (whispers) that dropped stitch is shocking. The slattern".

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 10:43:45

For the first time, I'm going to be making squares on behalf of someone else, and Mole, I really do understand what you are saying about the responsibility of taking on donor wool. I shall do my best. smile

Primrose - that star pattern is loverly!

KnottyLocks Sat 12-May-12 11:04:28

Yes, it is pressure when you have donor wool. I remember that first time I had wool sent to me. i spent ages thinking it, and over-thinking it all smile Then I realised they sent it to me so I could give it my best shot. To make it with love from us both. That was more important, and still is, than absolute perfection.

Now I have just the calm that comes with putting together a blanket...

<necks rum>

Morning! Lots of brew here.

Spurred on by last night's success I have found a heart cable pattern which I think I will start later. I was given a Debbie Bliss knitting course book a couple of years ago which has suddenly become my best friend!

KnottyLocks Sat 12-May-12 11:12:06

Gooooooooooooo, Droitwich grin

<shakes pompoms>

100years Sat 12-May-12 11:54:36

Do you know. I was thinking if anyone who donated wanted to learn how to crochet a square I would be happy to go through it with them. I'm Birmingham area, with car I'd also show how to knit too, but I'm much more comfortable 'teaching' crochet. grin

McKayz Sat 12-May-12 12:57:12

How many squares are in a blanket or does it vary?

I've almost finished my first one and it's 6.5 inches wide. Should I try just casting on 30 or 31 stitches for the next one?

5madthings Sat 12-May-12 13:02:11

I have needles and a knitting row counter thingy and a book! my mum sent them up to me smile so didnt need to buy them, am going to nip to town and get some wool tho smile havent had the chance yet as have been full of cold and ds4 has been poorly as well. sadly excited grin

MinnieBar Sat 12-May-12 13:08:12

Some lovely patterns here. I've bought my wool - one ball a light grey-blue-almost-silver, the other a slate-grey, so I'm tempted to go for something two-tone. Unfortunately (but also fortunately, as I'm a bit skint this month!) I've got this massive freelance job that's come in with a deadline of Sunday evening so I can't get going yet.

I knitted for three donors last time (I offered via FB, it wasn't Knotty and Pistey being slave drivers wink) - I haven't offered this time, primarily because of time constraints but there definitely is a pressure. I cocked up one square and frogged it all the while feeling like such a fool. Still, turned out nice in the end as long as we don't talk about my rogue red squares which will almost definitely pop too much.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 13:08:48

McKayz - it has varied - the one that was delivered to the lovely Chipmonkey at Easter was 121, as in 11 squares square smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 13:11:33

Maybe try fewer stitches if 33 is coming up too large? I think I do 30.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 13:13:35

Hope the colds go away, and don't be sadly excited - be joyful and rush!!

5madthings Sat 12-May-12 13:46:59

thankyou smile and yes so do i, ds4 is miserable and napping during the day etc, very odd for him and dd's sleep has deteriorated, such fun, still at least the sun is shining today smile and i am looking forward to going shopping and choosing some lovely wool grin

Molehillmountain Sat 12-May-12 13:54:38

So-fought the anxiety and won-have just had a big chuckle at the "things donors are not sayin" up thread. Blanketeers of the world unite-donors and crafters are cogs in the same (knitting) machine!

I have made a practice flower out of some old bits of wool while I wait for the good stuff to arrive, the edges aren't very square but it's not bad. Have put the photo on my profile <proud>

My wool arrived the other day, many thanks to my donor!

Have decided to do different ones to what I normally do this time and am about to try a hummingbird one!

Poop, just realised it is a 9inch pattern! sad

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 15:57:19

Purple, the hummingbird is 9" on US size 7, which is 4.5mm. If you drop down to a 3.5 or 3.25mm this will make it smaller, plus you can make the border narrower. But I can stick it in a chart and see how it looks? How many stitches do you normally do for 6"?

It's OK tribpot, I am now doing a little owl one you linked to.

For 6 inches it seems to need about 33 -38 stitche for cast on

Idratherbeknitting Sat 12-May-12 16:37:28

Can I ask a really silly question?
It's probably been covered 100 times for the other blankets, but I'm quite new to MN and this is the first couple I've got involved in.

What is the problem with using the Baby Cashmerino? It is exactly the same composition as the DK. Is it because it knits between 4ply and DK so buggers the tension/sizing?

I live in the back end of beyond, am am not overly blessed with wool shops (my stash is bigger than one of the local shops blush). So I could only get 2 balls of the DK in the right colourways (pale ice blue and warm mid pink); and so I got a couple of balls of the baby (which, 'cos it's akward they had in all the colous).

I've split it and if you add an extra strand it makes it up to DK weight, and once knitted up (plain heart pattern square as a tester) it is just right. Don't want to make a mistake or get my squares chucked out, so thought I'd ask before I make many more.

KnottyLocks Sat 12-May-12 16:48:35

The baby cash does indeed feel different tension wise once knitted up and can throw less experienced knitters because of the 4 / 4.5ply. We have quite a few crafters who are fairly new to knitting and crochet so it is far easier to stick to the DK wools we have for the moment.

If you're happy to split and add, I'm happy to use them. And bloody well done for having the patience to do that grin

Idratherbeknitting Sat 12-May-12 16:56:17

Thanks for that. I was pleased I'd managed to get the right yarn at all.
I knit a lot of toys and regulary split yarns or use several 1ply yarns together to get just the right shade (I'm a bit obsessive about getting the Very Hungry Caterpillar just right).

I shall get on then, am on my third square, trying a two-tone cable which I haven't done for a while (getting into knots with 13 different little balls).

These blankets are such a lovely thing to do, I just wanted to be involved once I found out about them.

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 16:58:40

I'm amazed you could face splitting the yarn, Id. I'd just use the magic of t'internet to make the problem go away smile

ChakotayBlue Sat 12-May-12 18:22:09

I've joined in to knit a couple, I have designed a baby's handprint for one square, I'll see how it works if I get some wool from one of the very kind donors.

tribpot, I have added you as a contact on Flickr. Just in case you wonder who the random stranger is!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 18:35:11

I didn't know you could split wool grin

WhoKnows - I love your flower, I made my first ever flower for the Wubbly blanket, my 17th attempt was The One. The thing I find hardest is the ring to start with, unbelievably fiddly. I'd been trying and trying in purple, and it kept going wrong, then I switched after 16 attempts to green and Ta Da! Well it is a flower anyway, and this all reminds me I haven't entirely sent it to Knots yet blush

IdRatherBe - We are glad to have you with us thanks
I wonder if 5madthings got her wool...

And Blue - you will get a donor my lovely, you are second on my list smile

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 18:40:50

Purple, I'm glad to see your Flickr photos are as random as mine grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 18:44:06

Received the first squares today grin Fabulous, from Oma, check the threads...

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 18:45:21

Let me just say that I haven't started yet!

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Sat 12-May-12 18:48:34

I have done a square and a half so far. Plus two thirds of one last night that I had to frog because my tension has changed and it came out too big (used 4.5mm needles before but now better with 4mm)

I forgot how lovely the wool looks when it's knitted up smile

Oh yes, my flickr is pretty random! Not put anything on for a little while. Last exciting update was the hole in the ceiling of the boiler cupboard!

ChakotayBlue Sat 12-May-12 18:51:04

And how beautiful it feels as well, Minnie smile

Thanks Pistey. My starting rings have been revolutionised by following the link in the first post of this thread Crochet Tips. It is far easier than using a chain.

Piste, did you get my reply?

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 19:24:16

I actually did chart up the hummingbird pattern for anyone who wants to have a crack at it.

What I would do is simply eliminate the borders, which would make it 40 stitches wide by 50 rows tall. Just knit the first and last stitch of each row, so only a single pattern stitch on either side of the hummingbird's beak and tail. Equally there's a few columns of his body that could be edited out!

Ooo might do that tomorrow tribpot! Nearly finished the owl one. Want to do some work on my tunic tonight as it has been neglected the last few nights!

KnottyLocks Sat 12-May-12 21:56:01

The owl is very cute indeed. There's one on the current blankets I'm working on.

prettybird Sat 12-May-12 22:15:39

Still haven't got started as haven't had a chance to go into John Lewis to get wool sad

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 22:27:03

bird - you're up in the wilds of West Lothian or thereabouts aren't you? There are a couple of other places nearer to you, if so. Or of course the magic of t'internet. I'm in Leeds and even here there are no yarn shops that stock either brand we are to use.

Molehillmountain Sat 12-May-12 23:07:51

Started second square in a stitch called lace mesh. Done four rows-it is quite holey. Is that okay? Haven't passed the point of no return...

tribpot Sat 12-May-12 23:37:25

Is it this one, Molehill? If so I think it might be a bit stretchy, like the Turkish one I linked to above - but will defer to Knotty on that one! Might be worth doing it inside a garter stitch border to reduce the stretchiness at the edges?

Primrose123 Sun 13-May-12 00:41:00

Finished my second square, did this Chinese waves pattern,

It was nice and easy to do, but seemed to take ages!

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 07:55:03

It looks like that one, trib-it has a psso where you pass it over two knitted stitches but end result looks the same-mostly holes! I will leave it on the needles until I get to knit again today but I'm thinking there are probably better stitches to do! If we were making string vests though....

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 08:31:57

morning, lovelies smile

Mole, I think it could be a bit gappy. It can make the squares quite floppy [technical terms] which is a bit of a cow to hook together as you need to hook it next to tightly knitted or crocheted squares to give it some body - not always very successful. You're better off going for a denser knit. Hope that's ok smile

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 08:37:11

Lace mesh? What lace mesh? wink consider it gone! Okay to do one with holes with plenty of knitting around them? Quite happy to avoid holes altogether! Did a square before with groups of three little holes in quite a lot of stocking stitch-might do that again. But I'm very biddable and always do as I'm told (dh throws head back and laughs heartily grin).

ChakotayBlue Sun 13-May-12 08:43:37

Morning Knotty and Mole. I've started a square with half a ball I had left from the last blankets. It's a beautiful pinky purple and it will be a plain one (knit a row, purl a row, what's that?) anyway, I'm repeating the mantra to myself so I don't do them all fancy.

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 08:50:34

Mole - whilst we Do Not Speak of the lace mesh any more wink you could maybe do it in bands with garter or stockinette around it. I did this one last time - lacy patterns tend to work best when surrounded by firmer stitches. I'm also thinking about doing this one this time - it's actually quite hard to see the pattern on multi-coloured yarn but this is basically what it looks like.

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 08:51:45

Hi blue-sticking stitch! Remember the mantra. The lovely thing about the yarn is that it doesn't need fancy stuff-it looks gorgeous with everything fancy or not smile.

ChakotayBlue Sun 13-May-12 08:54:22

Thanks Mole smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 08:57:51

Morning Blanketeers brew

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 09:05:04

Ah, trib, bit of a sidetrack but I remember your gorgeous crofter baby clothes from last time. I think I need to do borders. Pre planning not my area of expertise, but I think I need to plan a border and think about the number of rows rather than just launch in and knit! That blue one's great, btw. Okay-just looked at a Norwegian for pattern that would give me four stitches either side for a border. As soon as dd goes to sleep I'm going to start it...

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 09:09:30

Sticking stitch? grin

Lace effect is fine if it's fine lace. smile Or as Trib says, has a bit of body around it. String vest effect/ fishing net to be avoided. Ta.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 09:12:57

<frogs string vest square>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 09:16:56

I love hanging round this thread because it makes me feel all crafty.... Most of the time I haven't a clue what everyone is talking about, but I love it here anyway grin

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 09:17:41

Mole, I didn't realise looking at a Norwegian could be so productive wink I'm looking at a picture of one of my Norwegian friends on Facebook but it doesn't seem to work the same magic.

Crofter is still one of my faves - had I finished this ripple blanket last time? It was being examined by the recipient in our office in Exeter last week and I was cross-examined in some detail to explain how it ends up with the ripple edge smile This earlier pic gives a better sense of the colours - it's 'Seagrass'. I do have some more of the Loganberry to make another of these later in the year too.

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 09:24:39

Ah...alas, no Norwegians here, just a Norwegian fir pattern and over zealous auto correct function wink.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 09:25:40


Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 09:26:45

blush I am skulking off with my auto correct to do some actual knitting stocking stitch or otherwise! Happy blanketing everyone!

ChakotayBlue Sun 13-May-12 09:40:03

Morning Pistey, any news?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 10:11:17

not yet, but sooooon X

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 10:37:34

Morning all.

My first square (from the lovely donor wool - thank you again lovely donor) will be in double moss stitch. Ambitious eh?

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.

This is for the best, as I can only do simple.

For the second square, does someone have an easy design I can do - like the heart one (without borders - on profile) I managed for Mrs K's blanket? It has to be simple, knit and purl only, with no clever bits and not need re-sizing ...

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 11:03:07

Red, if you let me know how many stitches make 6" for you I can resize one of the other patterns for you quite easily. But how about hearts big and small or this sheep one is very cute.

Mole - love the Norwegian fir stitch! Is that in the Knitter's Bible? Just goes to show, it's always worth looking at a Norwegian.

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 11:30:41

That's the one trib! I haven't used the stitch library up til now but the blankets are making me feel less blush about not just owning that book but another entire book of knitting stitches!!
Double moss stitch is lovely smile

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 11:36:12

Mole - I have both that one and this one in my basket on Amazon. I haven't pushed the button yet .. but how much longer can it really be resisted ...

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 11:52:29

Does anyone know of a really really simple crochet bird pattern that only uses chain, double and treble? Im thinking something to make to attach. I'm also thinking trying to run before I can walk, but worth a try smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 11:53:59

What am I like? There is the Knotty one. I wonder how hard that is?

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 11:59:46

Well, trib, given that there are only two left in stock and you've linked it on here, I'd see it as a matter of great urgency! Buy it! The knitters bible is great-not a book of great beauty but solid content. I however am barred from amazon at present...
Pistey-would help but I don't speak crochet! Really want to learn one day.

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 12:02:50

Border wise, how many rows of garter stitch would match a four stitch border at each side? Or do I just knit it and start again if it's not right? How many times can I knit the same wool? confused

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 12:09:37

Pistey, the Twitter bird pattern is linked near the start of this thread as 'cutest bird pattern' . It's in US terms not UK so you'll need to translate. The only stitch you haven't done that you need is the double triple/ treble. It's like the usual tr but you wrap the wool around twice before going into the stitch then work the same way as a triple, in pairs.

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 12:33:11

Hi Trib. You are so helpful!

With this wool, I get a six inch square casting 34 stitches on 4mm needles ...

The sheep is cute ... But I would need it resized? Instructions for me have to be very clear and simple so that I can tick them off line by line ...

Pistey - here is a bird crochet pattern that I found on Pinterest. It is American though. I might try it myself later.

crochet bird

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 13:38:32

Rosie - no worries. Yes, the sheep is 45 stitches so you can either move down a couple of needle sizes or I'll just chop out the extra stitches later this avo. Is a chart like the hummingbird okay or is it better if I just write it out?

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 13:51:09

WhoKnows, that's the 'Twitter' bird I've used for the Kwazii blanket. It's easy and cute and uses very little wool. Just convert to UK terminology.

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 14:02:45

Could you write it out Trib? Then I can either copy and paste it into my phone or print it out and carry it about with me.

You are a star thanks

Oooo just settled down to do my next one and I will so that sheep one!

Must have missed that link Knotty. I've just made one, minus beak and eye it took about 10 mins, it is very cute.

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 14:18:54

I didn't bother changing wool for the beak, just kept going.

Should I use the 3.25 mm needles it suggest in the pattern or just stick to 4mm?

I have used 4mm and after the first row it is 6 inches so I will carry on!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 14:37:27

Bird help needed!

I have done round 1
In Round 2 where it says 5trc is that the one where I put the wool round twice?

"Round 2: Ch 1 (counts as first sc). Into same stitch, work [dc, 5 trc dc, sc]. (Bird head). Sc in each of next 10 sc (around bird belly). Into next stitch, work [sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc] (bird tail). Sc in each of next 3 sc (bird back)."

I'm not sure this going to end well....

prettybird Sun 13-May-12 14:41:59

tribpot - I'm in Glasgow so I'm just being lazy and not found the time to go into John Lewis. I'll try and go in tomorrow. I know it's more expensive but I like to see the colours "in the flesh" as it were.

Note to self - don't try to knit after wine Those last 4 rows from last night look a bit confused!

Pistey yes, think it's called a double treble in English. Wool round twice, hook under chain, pull through, then wool round, through two loops, and again and again.

talk about the blind leading the blind......

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 15:02:34

Pistey, round twice but only before you go into the next stitch. After it works the same way as a tr: round pull through 2 loops on the hook; round pull through 2; round pull through 2

I don't know what planet I am on today, first I cast on the wrong number of stitches, start again, measure it, and it is 7.5 inches wide, so don't know where I got 6 inches with more stitches!

Will now go down to the smaller size...........!

ChakotayBlue Sun 13-May-12 15:03:42

I wish I could crochet, it's one thing I can't do. There are some beautiful crocheted squares I've seen, is it easy to learn?

alibubbles Sun 13-May-12 15:06:45

Needles at the ready, any donors need a knitter please?

Thank you

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 15:10:25

My poor birdy looks like it has flown into someone's window.

I think so Chakotay, I learnt to crochet last year and now feel fairly accomplished. There are only a few basic stitches and everything is just a variation on those. I find it easier (and more forgiving of the odd mistake) than knitting. I used this website learn to knit others have used videos on Youtube. The main problem when you are starting out I think is the fact that Americans use different terminology for the same stitches, a lot of patterns on the net and books are American, so you have to take that into account.

I am now giving up on the sheep, right size needle and it is 6.5 inches wide!

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 15:46:08

Don't despair Purple! Trib is adapting the pattern for me, so it might help you also.

I luffs Trib.

I am back to my 'stock' sheet I printed off the first time, from a charity that were covering a double decker bus!

ChakotayBlue Sun 13-May-12 16:30:03

Thank you WhoKnows, I'll look at it this evening when DS has gone to bed.

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 16:32:37

PK, we don't need your square quite that big, my lovely smile

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 17:29:27

Yup, don't worry Purple, the number of stitches can only ever be a guide because exactly how many you need to make 6" will vary enormously depending on how tightly or loosely you knit. When we did the last lot of blankets I was having to make sort of 'special needs' patterns for myself that were many stitches narrower than for everyone else because my gauge is, basically, shit.

So, for the sheep, I'm gonna do a pattern of 34 stitches for RedRosie on 4mm, it sounds like you would need c. 40 on 3.25 mm thus probably closer to 34 on 4mm? Maybe knit a few rows with 35 on and see how it looks. Remember, how wide it is after you've cast on is no guide to how wide it will be once you've knit a few rows as the cast on stitches are always pretty tight.

Primrose123 Sun 13-May-12 17:52:04

For those who are crocheting, I found this handy chart,

I was following a pattern and getting very confused until I realised that the pattern was American! I haven't crocheted for a while, and I had to look up in a book to check how to do a double crochet. Then I found out that in America, when they say double crochet, that is actually a treble in English. Clear as mud!confused

Chakotay, it's quite easy to crochet. I learned from a book, and it's much simpler than knitting and the work seems to grow faster. It's also better if you go wrong, it's easy to undo a bit without messing it up completely!

I measured after I had done a few rows. Wanted to do different ones this time.

Just finished a basket weave one, and will try and do a 2 colour granny square tomorrow!

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 18:04:41

Pistey - has your birdy got a squished beak grin? Poor birdy.

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 18:10:39

Norwegian fir not going well so far sad. Perhaps I need an open sandwich and some Grieg playing to help me... I can't afjord (wink) too many more mistakes.

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 18:23:03

Just a little reminder that we are on Facebook as MNWoollyhugs. We are starting a 'Behind the Scenes' view of what happens to your squares when they arrive

Oops, been offline for ages. Knotty, the heart is 5.5" and IS stretchable. Little shells is hard to measure as its got a slightly ribby thing going on that means it contracts. It will stretch to 6" though.

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 18:29:57

I can work with that. Send them smile

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 18:30:53

Fjord - boom boom! Well done Mole. What's the problem with the Norwegian fir?

PurplePidjin Sun 13-May-12 18:34:31
Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 18:38:15

It's not the Norwegian fir's fault! It's that I don't seem able to count today! Going to resort to ticking each row and possibly each group of stitches. Btw was it 5madthings who had poorly children yesterday? Hope they're better.

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 18:38:40
Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 18:40:28

Pidgin-tee hee! Will have to watch rest later - dd2 can deal with mnet while going to sleep but YouTube a bit different!

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 18:43:18

blush (mole quietly bins chart she had been working on)

Pastabee Sun 13-May-12 18:52:52

Have made a rather fetching blue and cream stripy effort and thanks to tribpot I shall be giving Chinese Waves ago tonight while DH catches up with F1 channel. Yawn.

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 18:53:42

Right, starter for ten for RedRosie, and Purple (if she isn't too fed up) - smaller size sheep chart.

I've scaled the borders down and thus the rows to make it match (now 35 stitches wide, 45 rows tall) but before I write out the instructions, let me know how many rows (roughly) you typically do for a 6" square so I can add some back in top and bottom if needed.

PurplePidjin Sun 13-May-12 18:54:58

Moley, it's morning from peer gynt - perfect for drifting off!

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 19:01:34

Trib! Star!

My last six inch square with the lovely wool was about 45 rows I think ... Does that sound likely?

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 19:05:51

Yup, sounds good, Rosie. I shall make you a written asap, or så snart som mulig as they say in Norwegian. Or rather, as Google translate tells me they say in Norwegian.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 19:06:07

Evening wine

45 rows sounds good. The square I have just done was 35 stitches by 44 rows, and looking at another one I do is 34 stitches by 43 rows.

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 19:10:30

Pidgin - just looked at it properly! Just gorgeous. Only caught the hand bit first time so thought it was a funny animation blush. Thank you! Have done three successful rows now. smile

prettybird Sun 13-May-12 19:21:27

I love that piece of music. Used to be able to play it on my flute and it was the only real tune I was ever able to play on the piano (with one hand, no chords).

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 19:23:45

Thanks Trib.

You and Pitsey and Knotty are all amazing and lovely and kind.

Pastabee Sun 13-May-12 20:30:31

Loving the Chinese Waves pattern but my tension is definitely different with it. Normally 33 stitches is fine for me but am using 37 stitches for this one. Just a warning for everyone else to dig their measuring tape out.

Same here Pastabee! 35 for a plain kit for me, but 41 for the chinese waves gets me the 6 inches.

I'mhoping my wool arrives tomorrow because I'm finished my left overs from the last blankets <twtchy fingers>

In other news, my local garden centre now has a craft shop, wool gallore and I can walk to it! They don't have the cashsoft or cashmerino for the blankets though!

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 20:48:05

Trib - can you PM me as well as post my instructions on here when they are done? I have to be out of the office for a couple of days at meetings at different ends of the country which is bonkers but true and means nine hours on trains in two days, oh woe is me.

I mostly MN on my phone and when these threads get long I struggle to find stuff ... Also, when they reach 700 posts I can't post on them any more although I can read them. Very odd.

prettybird Sun 13-May-12 20:54:40

glaikit - I'm off to John Lewis tomorrow to get some casmerino. Feed up of reading about the knitting and not able to do any.

Must try and organise a meet-up. I'm Glasgow - whereabouts would be good for you?

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 20:54:48

Rosie - will do, I dunno if you want to see if you can access them now, was gonna save them in my Google docs rather than lose them in a post on here.

Half-finished instructions.

I'm hoping you can then download the file to your phone. If not, I'll maybe c&p the instructions into a PM if such things are allowed.

Glaikit - first garden centre purchase has to be a wheelbarrow. Handy transport for all of your money to be spent on crafty things smile

I've just ordered some of the yarn from deramores along with a pair of 4mm needles. MrsY's story really touched me and I'd like to at least try and knit a square or two in time for the send off date. I've bought three balls, two of one and one of the other, would that be enough for a few squares? I've stuck with blues too as I couldn't really tell how the other colours would look IRL as opposed to online, I had a lot of trouble with my hayfield bonus DK over Christmas and the colours being different to what they seemed online!

I've not knitted squares before and have never really had to do anything to size so hopefully it'll work!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 21:01:28

Hello Pixie - you can get two or three squares out of a ball of wool, so you have plenty smile

Squares are 6"
Blues are perfect thanks

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 21:05:28

Hello Pixie smile

You should get 2-3 squares out of a ball. Depending on the pattern obv. We suggest casting on 33 as a rough guide but if you know you knit tightly you may need a few more.

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 21:05:50

Snap grin

RedRosie Sun 13-May-12 21:06:11

Trib - Would you try the c&p into a PM? No massive hurry as I'm still on my double moss stitch square ... You are lovely.

Pixie - good luck! Do a few rows before you measure as it gets about 50% bigger than the cast on row ...

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 21:08:34


Thanks to you both smile

And thank you for the link to Greengoose's story on the PM Piste, I can't imagine what both families are going through sad

Redrosie: Thanks for the tip!

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 21:14:22

Well, the lovely music did the trick-Norwegian fir flowing now - no more munch style screaming. Could be something to do with three sleeping dc smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 21:21:54

<yawwwwwwwn> Too sleepy to do much now, so shall carry on with granny tomorrow grin

Thanks for that tribpot. I am pretty new to having a smart phone and I can get the chart on it. I will make a start on it tomorrow instead of a granny square

tribpot Sun 13-May-12 21:35:18

No probs, Purple. I'll finish the written instruction and then you'll have both. I can't guarantee it'll be error-free, charting it is much easier as you can obv see the design. Mind you, even charting it I still managed to duff up the tree pattern I wrote out for Minnie last time! Bloody complicated cables were the problem there, though.

prettybird I'm the Edinburgh side of West Lothian but really don't know anywhere past Livingston so will defer to you on location! I can do Mondays or Fridays (pesky work gets in the way the rest of the week) or weekends. I too may brave the train into Edinburgh with DS tomorrow as I found some gift vouchers for there the other day in the back of a drawer. Maybe we should start another thread to see if anyone else is interested?

Trib - It was a good job my mum was with me and whispered in my ear "do you need that 400g ball of aran wool? what will you make with it? How is your blanket going for DS?" Spoil sport!! BUT she has gone home now Mwah ha ha ha<evil>

LackaDAISYcal Sun 13-May-12 22:08:43

<shuffles in with yards of yarn trailing behind>

Hello smile

Just signed up, ordered some Debbie Bliss and can't wait to get started.

Just finished second square. I reckon on getting another one out of this ball of wool. Am ready for more if anyone wants to send some more in my direction

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 22:20:16

Droitwich, if you weigh your square then the leftover wool, it should give you an idea if you've got another square's worth.

Molehillmountain Sun 13-May-12 22:37:08

Square two done smile. Bedtime.

RedRosie Mon 14-May-12 06:02:54

Morning all. it is too early to be on the way to King's Cross

Thanks Trib. Will look forward to my orders ... Will look at the chart as well as the instructions as I've never worked from a chart.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 06:22:13

Morning everyone brew
Rosie, it is!

tribpot Mon 14-May-12 07:27:44

Okay Purple - Rosie's been PMed so she can amuse herself on her long train journey by reading the instructions. The link to the chart is here (worth looking again as I added two rows yesterday) and here are the written instructions.

Caveat - as far as I can tell, the written pattern matches the chart but the chart is infinitely easier to create as it's just a question of making a picture that looks like a sheep. If in doubt, follow your instincts and compare the row with the chart instructions. If I get a chance this week I will try and knit up just the sheepy bit in the middle to make sure it's right.

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 07:43:35

Morning, lovely blanketeers smile

upsydaisysexstylist Mon 14-May-12 08:51:47

waves, at tribpot urges her to visit create in Ilkley to gaze at full range of wool needed for blanket. However, I would not wish to be responsible for your overdraft thus incurred. I have only ever made it to their knit and natter twice due to small children but they have free wine! free wine I tell you.

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 08:58:49

Free wine? Smashing grin

Morning all. I am off work with a cold - on the positive side this means a day of tea, knitting, mumsnet and Radio 4. Lovely. So I will be commencing square #3 whether it is needed or not. I'd quite like to do my own blanket one day, but my sewing is terrible. eyes ruefully beautiful merino cushion cover complete with utterly cackhanded sewing

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 09:57:19

Baby, can you crochet ? The blankets we do aren't sewn together, we crochet them using a double crochet seam. Might be a better option for you.

tribpot Mon 14-May-12 10:23:43

upsydaisy, I didn't realise Ilkley boasted such a fine craft shop. Not far from me but a bit of a pain to park in? Free wine not a temptation for me I'm afraid smile

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 10:25:58

It is for me grin

I tried to teach myself to crochet. It made me go like this - confused

But I know crochet queen DillyTante IRL so if I ever have sufficient squares for a blanket I will kidnap her and make her teach me properly.

tribpot Mon 14-May-12 10:28:43

Knotty, perhaps I should have clarified - I'm in recovery. Nearly at a year sober. I shall celebrate with ... er, ginger beer.

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 10:32:12

Ah, gotcha. smile Ginger beers all round then. Nearly a year is a fantastic. Well done, my lovely. Something to be very proud of and to celebrate. x

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 10:34:04

Baby, Dilly is indeed the one to advise you, especially if you can pin her down in RL. She's smashing smile

PurplePidjin Mon 14-May-12 10:41:46

<clinks ginger beer glass>

Molehillmountain Mon 14-May-12 11:00:03

Well done trib-that's amazing smile

upsydaisysexstylist Mon 14-May-12 11:01:00

ginger beer indeed! I have had coffee on my visits as littlest one always responds to me going out by feeding voraciously on my return. the group is on a thursday evening so parking is free. Mind you train is probably easier from leeds. I love the shop but am usually found in Boyes as Stylecraft make their value dk and it is actually their stylecraft special ( same names smaller range of colours) .

Ilkley is suprisingly good for crafting and ds1's soon to be primary ( september gulp) has PTA craft grp. They also have a camping weekend which is either lovely or a terrible idea.

Well done Trib, brew and biscuit all round then! I sickened myself of ginger beer when pregnant and trying ot get rid of my morning sickness

Still no woolly wool sad. But I have trays of bedding plants to get in, so off to get my hands dirty!

Ilkley sounds lovely (only been there once, years ago, it was pouring so we took refuge in Betty's for the afternoon and didn't see much else). Nothing much like that round here. Though I noticed a sign up for knit and natter sessions in our local Hobbycraft the other day. Trib - well done on your nearly year, that is no small achievement.

Thanks for the written instructions. On a break at work so will do a better post when I am home

Molehillmountain Mon 14-May-12 14:49:02

Just browsed my other stitch library and managed to choose from "440 more knitting stitches" volume three confused. It's a nice zigzag in knits and purls. Now I just need my counting head on!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 14:50:01

Anyone else fffrrrizzzzzin today?

Molehillmountain Mon 14-May-12 14:54:25

Yes! But I am warming up after closing the windows I'd forgotten I'd opened blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 15:07:53

Just can't get warm today.

I have my slanket on and fleecey socks! Still cold! Got my planting done though! In a force 5 gale mind! big brew for me!

Warm and wet here, have been wearing sandals out and about (platforms to keep me out of puddles). Hoping my wool will arrive home with DH today (got it sent to him at work).

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 15:41:22

I'm having a brew too and have put on two jumpers. Looking like the michelin man, but hey ho.

MinnieBar Mon 14-May-12 16:13:18

Right, I finally picked up my needles today... thought I'd fit in an hour of relaxing knitting while DD1 watched 'A Very Mickey Christmas' hmm

I also thought I'd try intarsia, as I like to try and push the envelope where my knitting techniques are involved wink

Could not make head nor tail of what my book was telling me to do, and I ended up with all my threads on the right side. So I fudged it, no made it up thought very hard and it looks... ropey. Literally in places, like, well, two bits of knitting squished together.

Hmmm. I'm hoping if I sort of sew them together at the end there won't be any gaps, but I suspect I will be frogging it.

<wanders off, muttering 'plain squares are good, plain squares are essential'>

Molehillmountain Mon 14-May-12 16:26:17

Sun's come out here smile

Molehillmountain Mon 14-May-12 16:28:22

Ds has lost the coffee holding bit of my coffee pot. I don't think he realises how serious this is. It's half past four which is informally known as "quick brew up before it all goes pear shaped" time. Roll on knitting o'clock wink

prettybird Mon 14-May-12 16:47:57

Have now been to JL and got 4 balls of wool if dh finds out how much it costs I'll be needing to ask for donated wool in future wink

Was going to try to a square with swirl increases but kept getting the 4/5 needles muddled up. So I'm now doing a bobble stitch square and regretting it as it's both time and wool consuming.

But it is serving the purpose of teaching me new techniques smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 16:57:17

I've put one of DD's hoodies on now as well. No sun here Mole.

I want fleecy socks like GlaikitFizzog smile

I am going to do some more crochet later. Hopefully.

Molehillmountain Mon 14-May-12 17:28:15

sad Pistey. If its any consolation I am inside as mine don't want to be out! I'm guessing it will be too cold for drinks on the patio by the time they're in bed. Not to cold to knit though. Bit preoccupied with squares else I'd run you up some fingerless gloves for crocheting in the cold in wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 17:35:54

Plain squares are definitely good Minnie smile

And bless you lovely Mole, the heating is on now and I am thawing out.

Wool has arrived, sun has come out and I am looking forward to an evening of crochet and wine.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 18:28:12



tribpot Mon 14-May-12 19:53:39

Well it was nice and warm in my office today, so I missed out on the mini Ice Age you all seemed to have going on.

Minnie, I think a willingness to experiment is courageous and to be encouraged. Well done!

upsydaisy, I think our PTA might have a craft group too. I got a rather intimidating letter through with virtually no details on it, just instructions to phone someone I've never heard of. confused Getting to Ilkely from here would mean one train into town and another out, whereas I can drive over in about half an hour, but no chance of me having the energy after work.

Thanks for all the ginger beers, people, I think I should campaign for a new emoticon given I drink neither wine nor brew.

Molehillmountain Mon 14-May-12 20:22:35

Do you eat biscuit trib? Happy to provide those!

Finished the sheep trib! Thanks very much. I like how the written instructions are alternating colours for odd and even rows, and the border in black.

At one point I thought I had gone wrong but then I checked the chart and I could actually see it I realised I hadn't.

RedRosie Mon 14-May-12 21:01:42

Nearly home (puffs). Trib knows all about my trials and tribulations (see what I did there?) today. Only 2 and a half hours late for the 4 hour meeting.

No time for woolly squares tonight ... And another 4 hours (fingers crossed it doesn't go as wrong as it did today) of train travel tomorrow.

... Finishing my double moss stitch square is top of the agenda for Wednesday evening. Then on to the lovely sheepy sheep pattern Trib has kindly re-sized for the challenged-of-crafty-skills such as me.

She's a star thanks

RedRosie Mon 14-May-12 21:03:34

Purple. S'not fair! You've done the sheep first and I bet its really good!

Sounds like you have had a very busy day RedRosie! I squeezed 20 mins in before work and did more on breaks.

Think I will work on my own blanket a bit now!

tribpot Mon 14-May-12 21:16:03

Rosie - yes, tribulations. Boom boom!

Glad you made it finally - a colleague who was on that same train line came in announcing he'd been re-routed via York (like it was Outer Mongolia, I might add, he has a flair for the dramatic). However, plenty of time on your train journey for sheepy knitting smile

Btw, said dramatic colleague is convinced that St Dymphna is the patron saint of knitting, despite all Wiki evidence to the contrary. So he is insisting we celebrate her day tomorrow, might take my square in and do some knitting in the truly tedious bits of phone conferences - this is what headsets were designed for, so your hands could get on with more important things (typically IMing other people on the call to say 'WTF is that guy going on about?')

Purple, glad you liked my colour-coded instructions! It helped me to remember which side I was on so I could translate 'grey stitch, yellow stitch' correctly from the chart.

Mole - more cakes than biscuits. I've been doing work with a team based in one of our other offices recently and I've been sending them pictures of all the cakes we've been eating (my excuse is that my co-worker is finally enjoying her pregnancy after an absolutely shocking first trimester and so is eating for England to make up) and they've been getting increasingly cross. Today I sent them a shot of me pretending to read 'PharmaTimes' (they are pharmacists so they like that stuff) but they were even cross about that. Mini Jaffa cakes tomorrow methinks!

RedRosie Mon 14-May-12 21:25:44

Oh yes. I am a very busy and important person me. Oh yes. Had I been re-routed via York I would have stayed there. We, on the other hand, just sat (just) outside Stevenage FOR TWO HOURS AND FOUR MINUTES.

Sorry. Been a long day.

The plus side of "Swotty" Purple doing the sheepy square firsy is that Trib's instructions are obviously perfect.

RedRosie Mon 14-May-12 21:28:30

firsy? First, obviously. <Slaps head on table>

Night all.

Molehillmountain Mon 14-May-12 21:44:16

Have I been given magic wool? Just weighed my first two squares and they come to 25g! So if I did the same again I might squeeze four out of one ball!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 21:52:27

Yes tis magic wool wink

I was bold today and did some knitting on the train home from work. About half way through 3rd square and now DS wants one to remember one of our cats who passed away in December.

tribpot Mon 14-May-12 22:31:48

droitwich, this is a a super cute cat pattern either for two colours or purl on a knit background (a la sheep) or vice versa. Happy to stick that into a pattern of some kind for you if you would like.

I often knit a teddy blanket, each teddy is 32 stitches wide and 40 rows. I will add the 3 row and stitch border to it. Never copied and pasted on my phone but will try. It is on ravelry!

No, not sure how/if I can do it! I think if you just search for teddy blanket you should get it. I have 2 in my projects!

prettybird Mon 14-May-12 23:04:53

Knotty - this bobble stitch square I am doing has ended up being a generous 6.5 inches wide. It's almost impossible to unravel so will you be able to cope? I can make it slightly shorter (done c2.5 inches so far) so that the "stretch" should bring in the width a bit blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 23:06:22

Good night Woollies X

tribpot Mon 14-May-12 23:08:26

Is it this one, Purple?

tribpot Mon 14-May-12 23:09:29

Or this one?

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 00:07:26

PrettyBird, I can manage that. Don't make it too short though. Better off aiming for 6" and I'll manage the difference.

Hello knitters! I'd like to donate wool to both blankets, can someone PM me with the details please?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 05:44:28

Morning brew

Just heading to my PM box now Lawrence. Many thanks thanks

Trib cat pattern would be wonderful - thank you. Any knitting pattern would be fine

Pastabee Tue 15-May-12 09:01:56

Ummm, when knitting a lovely Chinese square and it's all going really well don't decide to try out continental hold midway through. It changes the tension horribly.

Furthermore it's best to notice ASAP so you don't have to unravel 11 rows and hurt your brain calculating where that puts you in the pattern.

Not that this happened to me last night. Oh no. I would never be that foolish.

<examines tongue for white lie spots>

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 09:15:10

Morning, all smile

Pistey apologise if any of you were waiting for a PM but MN wasn't back online before she headed off for work.

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 09:46:59

Alternative ways of contacting us if MN keeps going offline and you need us!

We're on Facebook and Twitter : MNWoollyHugs

We have an email address, which you may want to make a note of: admin @ woollyhugs dot com

Molehillmountain Tue 15-May-12 10:30:49

School and preschool run done, kitchen tidy, washing - least said the better wink. Dd2 asleep, radio on, completely tangled wool unravelled and....knit smile.

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 10:46:40

For those on long train journeys, it's the perfect time ime to knit/crochet - you're stuffed for anything else to do, and reading makes me travel sick blush

Please please please can someone have a meetup with me and help me make a teddy blanket like in Trib's 2nd link? So cute and I have a reason to need one...

Molehillmountain Tue 15-May-12 11:21:58

The pink one would be a case of learning to knit and purl and then you'd be away - the rest is counting stitches smile. Not practical for me to do meet ups at the moment or I'd help you. The other one is beyond my skill set!

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 11:35:09

thanks Mole, Blondes's blanket had knit/purl teds on and they're lovely. I need to decide what wool I want too, might risk my local wool shop - I normally don't dare enter for fear of bankruptcy!

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 11:46:52

Pidj - meeting is a bit tricky for me, but happy to Skype? You could make your life easier by not trying to knit it with the yarn held double and you don't have to do it in one piece, you can always sew it together at the end. That way you're only making teddy squares one at a time ...

You could also then make it a bit easier to do by interspersing the teddy squares with plain stockinette ones, in fact then you could maybe do it in strips of 4 so less sewing up?

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 12:01:25

I'm actually wondering about using the chart to crochet squares (could do that myself, it's knitting I struggle with)

Either in htc's with the teddy done as fptc or bptc (cable effect), the lace effect thing the name of which I've forgotten, or colour changing. Unfortunately, I don't know what colours yet and if I wait to find out I'll never finish it in time grin

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 12:18:08

Yes, why not have a whack at doing it in crochet? In terms of colours, you could go for cream and green, maybe? Or I've just taken a commission for a heart blanket based on the Team Heart in grey for a baby due in September.

Molehillmountain Tue 15-May-12 12:21:08

I did a blanket for each of my dc in cream. Am now thinking that that might give then potential to be used for grandchildren in the dim and distant daydream future smile

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 12:40:09

Cream and Grey sounds good, could reverse the colours and have some cream and some Grey teds. Is the heart 30x40/could it be adapted?

Mole, the crochet blanket my mum made me is in her loft awaiting it's second usage. We also have a family christening gown awaiting its 14th wearer!

Molehillmountain Tue 15-May-12 12:43:57

smile pidgin. My mum knitted in vile, hard acrylic yarn in those days alas, so no clothing heirlooms for us! Made sure I used nice stuff for mine.

Molehillmountain Tue 15-May-12 12:44:28

Like the idea of grey too smile

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 12:55:01

Pidj - Team Heart is very adaptable, there's already the original one, my revised one that avoids the Yawning Chasms of Certain Doom (which were the original inner border) and then Gleaming's simplified one (which eliminates the inner border). If you want either teddy or Team Heart modifying to your needs just let me know! The revised one is 33 * 45, with 6 stitches of border in total (3 either side) and 3 rows top and bottom. Freed from the rigorous demands of Knotty and Pistey, it's very easy to resize though!

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 13:03:53

So 30x39 without the border, which is close enough to the 30x40 of Mr Ted...

I need something to keep me occupied til I get MrsY's squares grinf will try this, thanks

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 13:22:16

Pidj - it's 27 without the border, I would just do 2 extra stitches plain on either side to make it 31*39.

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 13:29:13


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 14:04:04

Catching up now Mumsnet is fixed grin

prettybird Tue 15-May-12 14:21:46

Now completed my bobble stitch square rhomboid blush

It did end up being 6 inches wide as I kept on "losing" stitches (although I could never see where confused) but the bottom edge is closer to 7 inches than even the 6.5 I had thought blushblush


I hope it'll still be useable!

Teddy blanket is the second one trib.

Whole blanket is easy to do. I have done it about 5 times

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 14:37:46

PrettyBird, just send it. I'll check it out but will probably make it work somehow.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 14:47:19

Do you not use a set square Pretty? I do. I like my squares to be square....

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 14:59:29

I had some odd ones, they do pull into shape as long as you put dense ones eg garter stitch/textured squares next to them smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 15:02:54

Hello Pidj

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 15:11:54

All PMs replied to thanks

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 15:23:07

Hello Pistey, I see you returned unharmed from Mount PM?

prettybird Tue 15-May-12 15:44:21

It's a bit like this:

But at least I now know how to do bobble stitiches! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 15:47:47

<rolls eyes>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 15:48:51

Yes Pidj, am back from Mount PM grin

And yaaayyyy for bobble stitches, PurpleKnitting does those I believe...

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 15:50:32

Someone wanted to buy wool and I can't find them!

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 15:50:35

Not the hardest we've dealt with, pretty. Pat it and pick it and mark it with Pidj, and Pistey will send it on to me smile

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 15:51:50

DontForgetTheLightAlesLawrence offered upthread?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 15:55:26

Just done it Pidjy - I was looking at the other two threads. I was up at silly o clock this morning when I first saw it and was beginning to wonder whether it was a dream blush But PMd DontForgetTheLightAlesLawrence now.

100years Tue 15-May-12 16:17:27

So it would appear I crochet much tighter than last time. Last year my granny square was 8 rounds, this year it's 9 rounds with a double crocheted border! It's a smidge under 6" but it pulls to about 6.5" so I think it's ok, but I could do another double crochet border on it if you think that's best. grin

RedRosie Tue 15-May-12 16:17:35

Another day, another train.

I bet "Swotty" Purple has knitted 70 lovely squares today ...

I downloaded Sheepy Sheep this morning as a chart and as a narrative, and hope to start on that tomorrow. Thanks Trib. Could you make money doing this sorta thing ...?

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 16:33:26

I like sheep.

Especially roasted.

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 16:34:31

100years, what you have sounds fine smile

100years Tue 15-May-12 16:36:26

Thanks knotty smile

On to the next one then grin

prettybird Tue 15-May-12 17:02:12

Am now attempting a bird design using Intarsia technique for the various colours - but am finding that I am reverting to my familiar Iceland/Fairisle techique of just lopping the wool across.

I blame my new big fat knitting book for getting over adventurous trying out new things. grin

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 17:16:07

bird, I think after Minnie's intarsia experiment, Fairisle is our friend here!

LackaDAISYcal Tue 15-May-12 18:15:09

got my yarn today and am very keen to get started smile

Only done about a quarter of a bear one so far. Made some sort of mess up and ripped out 2 rows. Hope to finish it tonight. Think I will have enough for 2 more.

Molehillmountain Tue 15-May-12 18:39:32

Three squares done. Need to lie down in darkened room after playdate here today, but then think I've earnt some more knitting time smile

Still no woolly wool for me, so I'll just shake my pompoms to cheer everyone else on!

I've been practising the star pattern with not much success

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 19:33:24

It will come tomorrow GlaikitFizzog!

<fingers crossed>

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 19:58:16

Glaikit, this is surely not McA who still have not delivered confused you could practically have walked to the shop and back by now ..

100years Tue 15-May-12 20:40:38

Well I'm attempting a knitted square, just had to reacquaint myself with casting on. I don't think I've knit since last April! And that was something that I'd cast on probably December 2010!!! Still it seems to be going quite well now smile

No it's not Trib, their reputation remains intact! grin

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 20:50:01

Oh thank goodness Glaikit <fans self vigorously> I was worried I was going to have to Have Words.

100years, keep going!

RedRosie - no money to be made in charting other people's patterns, I fear! Hope you had a good trip to England's Riviera!

My on -train knitting has paid off. My 3 squares will be dispatched tomorrow Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 20:58:58

Yayy for train knitting grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 20:59:20

That's not knitting trains, knitting ON trains grin

Pleiades45 Tue 15-May-12 21:06:56

I knitted some squares for previous blankets, but the photos of the crochet squares amazed me. To the point where I bought hooks and a book to revive my childhood crochet skills. After several months I can do simple things which go in straight lines but going around to make a square daunted me. I bit the bullet this afternoon and I am now the proud maker of 2 granny squares for the current blanket projects. I can feel an addiction starting..... smile

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 21:08:12

Pleiades, you can start your monthly subscription to 'all the yarn Rowan have' (or Debbie Bliss, we are a broad church) right now wink

PurplePidjin Tue 15-May-12 21:12:31
100years Tue 15-May-12 21:21:57

There may be a slight imperfection I my knitted square. I haven't dropped a stitch, but I've knit one a weird way and on the one side there is an obvious bit where the line looks a bit weird, but there is no hole. But it looks fine on the other side. Not a clue what's happened. confused but I'm at 2" with about 22 rows at the moment. I'm only knitting. If I decide to do another knitted one then I'll go all brave and do a combination, but for now, it's knitting only.

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 21:23:12

Plain squares are good, plain squares are essential.

100years Tue 15-May-12 21:33:59

It would still be plain, it would either be a knit row, purl row, or knit a few, purl a few to make stripes. My knitting skills are not up to much more than that yet! And I do prefer crochet, I just thought it would make a nice change to knit.

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 21:42:39

Nearly all of knitting is just knit a few purl a few grin but if you feel like pushing the boat out you could try Chinese waves (literally you just slip some stitches, which is the same as knitting them but you just put the needle in as if to knit and then move it to the other needle without actually putting the yarn round and pulling a new stitch through). Or diagonal rib?

purple that looks a bit ambitious! My London Midland sponsored square is a simple double stocking stitch (simple is good etc etc) I can't manage anything more complicated than that on the move...

Molehillmountain Tue 15-May-12 22:43:19

If its any help 100years I have a book with a whole section of plain and purl combinations. You just have to be able to count. Which this evening I seem unable to again...sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 22:47:40

Evening Woolly chums

Pleiades - I know what you mean about crochet - I was so bloomin determined, and was honestly so thrilled when I actually managed a Granny. I was right chuffed grin I'm doing one now, my first square is going to be for MrsY, a green granny with purple border and then something in the middle. I did try making the 'cutest bird ever TM' but mine looked like it had flown into the window so I'm going to have to try again, or maybe try something else!

100years - not imperfections my lovely - call it character. Your square has character!

I need to crack purl. I really do. I tried with Youtube and it was a dis-arse-ter, so who lives near me that can come over for a coffee and teach me??
<looks hopeful> Actually I know where lots of you live!!! I shall be turning up on someone's doorstep with my knitting needles <arf>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 22:48:59

Sadly Moley, you are not near me, or I could count and you could purl.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 23:07:32

All PMs replied to, thank you everyone you are marvellous thanks

MrsY Tue 15-May-12 23:15:05

I just wanted to drop by and thank you all for your kind thoughts and this amazing, amazing thing you are doing. I'm really humbled that you give up your time and money to help someone that you've never met. I knit and I never knew about this group blush.

Thank you all for your kind words on Benedict's thread, as well. The more people who know about Benedict, the more I feel he is validated as a person. It means a lot to us.

Pistey, I'm meeting up with MOS to confuse help her with her knitting next Wednesday if you're get-able to Bluewater, you'd be more than welcome to join us.

tribpot Tue 15-May-12 23:18:57

MrsY - no thanks necessary, except to the marvellous Pistey and Knotty who boss us about and ensure good order (or at least good wine) is kept flowing.

Love and thoughts to your family, and to Greengoose's family too.

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 23:24:43

Aw, MrsY. Thanks for taking the time to pop in. We really appreciate it.

The most wonderful thing about the blankets is that they are driven by the sheer force of humanity. It always has been. People can be quite remarkable.

Benedict will live long in many people's hearts and memories, I hope you may take some comfort in that.

Sending you much love x

prettybird Tue 15-May-12 23:25:08

If you haven't learnt by July I'll giving teaching you purl a go! a bit late for these blankets though

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 06:49:28

Arse! Blooming work gets in the way again, MrsY thank you, i really would have loved to come on Wednesday, and had a knitting lesson with MOS smile but work gets in the way. <sigh> But thank you for the offer!! thanks

Lovely to see you on here too, sending you love and a big hug and thinking of Benedict. X

If I haven't learnt by July, Pretty looks like I'm all yours grin You lucky thing.

KnottyLocks Wed 16-May-12 07:09:31

Morning smile

Work for me too. I'll pop in when I can.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 07:16:03

My PMs are working - lovely trib sent me a test one. thanks

PurplePidjin Wed 16-May-12 07:26:31

Pistey, I can purl, which is bizarre as my overall knitting is shite!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 07:42:31

Pidj - it might come to you then - gird yourself grin

PurplePidjin Wed 16-May-12 07:51:34

You're always welcome, dahlink thanks

tribpot Wed 16-May-12 08:04:28

All, a selection of cat patterns, see if you like them.

RedRosie Wed 16-May-12 08:22:26

Morning ...


I love Cats!

The thread is now weirded out because it's got big. I can't reply on my phone any more confused and it's difficult at work.

I'll be watching though ...

tribpot Wed 16-May-12 08:57:02

I might start a new one, Rosie, as many MNers are using their phones.

Pleiades45 Wed 16-May-12 09:28:52

Pistey, you do granny squares with different colours? What do you do with all the pesky ends? I'm jealous in awe. I am definitely going to hunt down more crochet square patterns and see what I can achieve.

I think there's another side to these blankets. We are all aware how we are trying to contribute to the big community hug for those who have lost someone special. But at the same time some of us are pushing the barriers with our skills. The effort that goes into each square is a reflection of the love we send, as is the donation of wool without which some of us would be unable to contribute. I'm in awe at the whole project and the people who find time to donate in one way or another to these blankets.

PurplePidjin Wed 16-May-12 09:59:43

Pleiades, you lay both pesky ends on the top of your work and crochet over them. Voila, no sewing grin

The number of former recipients now donating has shocked me, btw. Such kindness at a time when you'd expect a bit of... Not selfishness, just that you wouldn't expect a bereaved person to be thinking of others, it would be totally justifiable to be wrapped up in one's own affairs. I think I've phrased this really badly so I'll have it deleted if I offend anyone

tribpot Wed 16-May-12 10:36:37

No Pidj, I think you've expressed it very well. I don't know how former recipients can manage to get up in the morning, never mind think of others going through a similar, dreadful thing. It is a community endeavour in the very best sense of the word but we never forget the reason behind it.

PurplePidjin Wed 16-May-12 10:52:48


prettybird Wed 16-May-12 12:27:26

Completed my bird pattern. Maybe I should have attempted intarsia technique for the first time with a pattern that didn't use five colours! grin

Still, it looks like it's turned out OK - now got lots of pesky ends to sew in. hmm

tribpot Wed 16-May-12 12:35:06

five colours, bird? shock Which pattern were you doing?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 13:37:10

I think Knotty sums it up so well by saying people are remarkable, they are inspiring too, such kindness and compassion. Tis the power of humanity, the strength of individuals and of our community coming together. It is wonderful.

Pleiades - yes I do, and I find it easier to, because when I get all the way round and slip stitch, I am still not completely sure what I do next. Do you chain up and then where do you go? So, between you and me, I find it easier at the mo to start again blush Can't seem to work that bit out!

Sew in those bloody ends Pretty, don't 'forget' or I'll end up having to do it for you confused

Trib - is there a new thread yet?

Right, I'm off to my PM pile thanks

Pastabee Wed 16-May-12 14:33:05

Wow, tribot your patterns are fab. You've inspired me to try intarsia for my next square. That's in addition to the Chinese Waves I've nearly finished thanks to you.


Molehillmountain Wed 16-May-12 14:43:41

I want to help with these blankets because it's a practical expression of the words I find I have always found it hard to come up with in real life. I'm an empathy by action lady, generally with food. I do feel very reflective as I knit-more than I thought I would and I very genuinely think of Benedict and Merryn and their loving families. In fact I have to rein my perfectionism because I need the balance between it feeling important that it's my best work, and not missing the point that it's about the hug smile

tribpot Wed 16-May-12 14:47:24

Pasta - I can make absolutely no guarantees where intarsia is concerned, but I very much enjoyed doing my two-colour squares (fairisle stylee) for the last blanket. Will hopefully have a bash at one of my cat squares although I also need to do a peanut at some point.

Pistey - haven't started a new thread as I thought it would be amusing that we could talk about RedRosie where she could see but not reply grin - is that bad?

Pastabee Wed 16-May-12 14:50:14

I think I meant FairIlse blush. Carrying the colours with you rather than bundling them on bobbins. Relearning all this as haven't really knitted since my Nanna taught me when I was a child!

TwoJackRussellsandababy Wed 16-May-12 14:51:46

Just reporting in, have done two squares and am starting on my third, none of them are super fancy but am following the plain is good, plain is essential line grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 14:52:49

No, that is very funny, yes, let's talk about Rosie

tribpot Wed 16-May-12 15:14:26

JackRussell - all good, keep it up!

Pasta - yes, fairisle = good! Still a few knacks to re-learn, I'll see if I can find the website I used last time. My last effort (the back of it!) - not sure if this was good or not!

100years Wed 16-May-12 15:36:13

Thanks trib for the waves pattern link, that's something I could definitely attempt. smile I might do it, but I might return to my favoured crochet and practice(practise?) the waves on non posh nice yarn.

Thanks pistey, it definitely has character smile

prettybird Wed 16-May-12 15:42:27

tribpot it was from my big fat knitting book that my dad gave me for my birthday (The Knitting Book)

I've put a picture up onto my profile.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 15:44:55

Is anyone actually going to talk about Rosie ?

I love Rosie because she calls me Pitsey.. grin

Molehill that is VERY well put. And I find knitting quite reflective too - I struggle to do one thing at a time, end up watching television and doing three different things online. Knitting makes me concentrate properly!

Pastabee Wed 16-May-12 16:10:19

Looks superb to me!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 17:42:11

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Just a reminder that the last posting date for the squares for the Blanket for Greengoose and MrsY is Saturday 2nd June

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

prettybird Wed 16-May-12 19:23:22

Question for the (fabulous! smile) "hookers" wink who make up the blankets:

I'm trying a "feather and fan" stitch for my latest square (uses increases and decreases to make a wavy pattern). It means that the bottom edge (and presumably the top edge when I get to it) is a wee bit wavy; will you hookers be able to cope with that?

KnottyLocks Wed 16-May-12 19:26:10

Oh yes, PrettyBird smile

tribpot Wed 16-May-12 19:26:52

bird, I dunno if the hookers are up for feather and fan - this bonnet has it as an edging stitch and it's pretty wavy. I think if they had to pull it straight to line it up with other squares you could end up losing some of the lovely nature of the pattern?

prettybird Wed 16-May-12 19:52:14

After Knotty's response, I continued knitting and have now done about 2 inches. You're right tribpot - you do lose some of the attractive feather and fan effect when you stretch the bottom edge straight - but it still looks quite nice and

prettybird Wed 16-May-12 19:53:30

....there is still some of the wave effect left. Hopefully the middle section will show it more.

PurplePidjin Wed 16-May-12 20:21:09

Knots, that feather and fan edging... Are you thinking what I'm thinking???

Now about half way through a heart square and needed an idea for my last one. Definitely going to do a cat one. I will do one for me too as I have some dishcloth wool left over from a bath mat I made recently.

Sorry, also meant to say many thanks to trib. I am going to save those patterns to use again.

prettybird Wed 16-May-12 20:40:28

I'll continue for the moment - and post it up on fb for Knotty to have a look at. if the worst comes to the worst, I can try and graft on some knitting I'd crochet if I knew how into the "waves" to straighten them off.

tribpot Wed 16-May-12 20:42:20

No probs at all, PurpleKitty. I've just updated the cat-and-mouse one, although this will only work for contrasting colours rather than stitches, I suspect, as the mice are quite close to the border. Can always reduce the border down by a stitch .. anyway, will add that into the set as Cat 5.

bird, love your square and also your fab ones from the last blanket. V jealous!

PurplePidjin Wed 16-May-12 20:46:53

Pretty, run a line of dc into the edge, with htc's in the dips smile

Or, patients it and pick it and mark it with Pidj and Pistey will send it flying down to me

prettybird Wed 16-May-12 21:13:58

Can you translate for me please: dc and htc?

dc would be double crochet and I think htc is half treble

KnottyLocks Wed 16-May-12 21:36:25

Apologies, not popped in more only hard drive imploded today. I have been mostly swearing since then.

PurplePidjin Wed 16-May-12 21:39:33

blush Thanks PKK. Stupid assumption that people know what I'm jabbering on about blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 21:40:48

That is true, she has mostly been swearing...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 21:43:01

Pidj - Pretty isn't a crocheter, even though I've linked her left handed tutorials and everything.

Right I need to catch up, and I have oodles of PMs to go through thanks This time, however I shall try not to post my address on the thread grin

HairyPoppins Wed 16-May-12 21:48:56

I am about to get started with donor wool I received today. Thank you, anonymous sender thanks

prettybird Wed 16-May-12 21:57:58

I suppose I COULD learn to crochet ('cos Piste is not letting me have any excuses hmm) - but not sure I want to do with the pressure of an imminent deadline.

PurplePidjin Wed 16-May-12 21:59:39

Sorry blush I just took a quick peek at Trib's pic. Pretty, get it sent here and I'll sort it smile

prettybird Wed 16-May-12 22:36:41

Thanks Pidj. smile

tribpot Thu 17-May-12 06:02:07
RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-May-12 06:18:33

Morning brew