It's about time!
Join me in my journey to become part of a world record - Let's help make the squares that will create the World's Biggest Stocking!
To learn more about the project from its creators, click on the World's Biggest Stocking button in the right sidebar.
To find out what drove me to make more than one blanket for the project, see this Yarn Tales Tuesday post.
The Nine Square Blanket has taken longer than needed to finish. It's such a relief to finally be done! This will be my third donation to the World's Biggest Stocking project. In this post I'll share with you a few of the things that were previously left out due to the interruption of constant thunderstorms, and then we'll cover the final assembly of the nine pieces, plus the border.
Please remember that this pattern isn't my design - It's provided for free by Yarnspirations for the World's Biggest Stocking project! Click here to download the patterns that you can crochet (or knit!) to donate to this wonderful project!
Let's get started!
|And here's what I left out in the last post: Once I finally got all that yarn and got back to work, this is the first thing I had to deal with. This is less like yarn vomit, and more like one of those hard-packed pellet-things that owls regurgitate.|
|Again, as I've said before: This is really great yarn... I like it, but I don't like all these tangles! I guess Caron still didn't get the message about giving the troll a cookie. This is the biggest center-pull tangle I've ever dealt with! It took me an hour to straighten it out.|
|As I crochet the strips together, I'm working over the tails of the center strip, so I can weave them around for a continuous seam.|
|I could have woven the squares together with the tails before I started the cross-seam, but after trying it on one square, I noticed it looked uneven. Weaving the tails around the cross-seam let me pull the seams together for a square corner.|
|I changed directions as I worked so the seams all faced the outer edges. My other half informed me that this made a really cool design, and I didn't bother to tell him that this is the back side.|
|After making the single crochet in the last double crochet of the square, I pulled up a loop. Then, I pulled up a loop in the double crochet turning chain of the next square.|
|And all you have to do is yarn over, and pull through all three loops on the hook to complete the stitch. I then found that just one single crochet in the same space made a perfectly straight seam for my squares.|
|And... Time to grumble, but the project isn't finished without weaving in the ends. I follow the stitch direction to create a false stitch over the next to make a smooth invisible join.|
Okay, so here's where I'm going to be honest: I hated this pattern when I started it. No offense meant to the designer, my dislike was only because of my own preferences. I didn't like the how "plain" the design of the squares were. I didn't like how they were turned different directions, either. But in the end, the combination of the simple pattern repeat and the change in directions came together to give this blanket a ton of character and texture that's lost in a picture.
I wasn't going to make the Nine Square pattern because of my initial opinion, but decided to challenge myself with it. I'm glad that I did. Perhaps it's a lesson that just like you can't judge a book by its cover, maybe you can't always judge a crochet pattern by its picture. After all, how many of us have been burned by one of those "nice-looking-sweater" patterns, only to find that the pose of the model in the picture is covering horrible bat-wing sleeves or a belt is hiding an unsightly bulge in the middle?
I tried my best to capture all the aspects of this blanket that make it special, but it's really one you just have to see in person. The colors are hard to photograph, especially with thunderstorms darkening the sky. But hopefully, the angled pictures give you an idea of how the different directions of the squares combined with the contrasting stitches of the seams and the border create a simple, yet spectacular piece. What the photos can't show you are how soft it is made in Caron United, and how the changes in texture are a stimulation to the senses that will leave you petting this blanket instead of packing it up for shipping.
Now, it's time to start another!