Very elderly MIL, who is very unwell (dementia) at the moment has given me 12 knitted squares (they are actually rectangular) and has asked me to turn them in to a blanket (she has got muddled and has decided I am some sort of crafting genius). They are all sunshine yellow.
I am a novice knitter, never crocheted and pretty handy with a sewing machine.
Please help - what do I do with them?!?! Would love to do something lovely for her as she is such an amazing person.
If you lay them out (either 3x4 or 2x6 depending on how rectangular they are) what are the measurements?
I would stitch them together using mattress stitch and then knit 4 simple strips in garter stitch to edge it. Use a contrasting coloured yarn and cast on say 10 stitches and keep knitting until it is long enough to stitch to the top of your sewn together squares. Make one the same size and stitch to the bottom. Then cast on the same number of stitches and make pieces for the sides.
I would say it is a more straightforward way of adding a border as you are a novice knitter. You could pick stitches up from the edge of the squares and knit the border straight on to the edge but that would depend on how confident you feel.
I would try to make it lap sized if you can and then maybe your lovely MIL could cover her knees with your join efforts.
If you wanted to make it bigger you could make some additional rectangles in a contrasting or complementary colour and arrange them in a pattern, with or without the border as suggested above. Better if you can match the brand of wool she used to avoid uneven shrinkage if washed, but probably not essential.
If I can read the measurements on your cutting mat I'd say that they are roughly 6" x 7.5" in size - so a 3 x 4 layout will be roughly 24" square. With a deep border on that will be a lovely size for a lap blanket.