A Light in the Window FOR MERCY CORPS
NOTE: Starting on April 27, 2015, and until further notice, all proceeds of sales of this pattern will go to Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps has 90 staff people on the ground in Nepal giving aid to the people there in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015.
There are many inspirations and emotions flowing into this blanket but let’s face it: it’s a blanket. Its miters get knitted on, one square at a time. It’s a family blanket, meant for long use and many washings, so we used mostly Classic Elite’s sturdy-yet-soft beauty, Liberty Wool. For tactile and visual interest, we mixed in a few skeins of Classic Elite Chesapeake, a wool/cotton blend that is washable, but not superwash. (If you want a machine washable blanket, swap more Liberty for the Chesapeake. Both yarns come in plenty of colors, so it’s an easy switch.)
This blanket is knit in a single, seamless piece, adding on one miter at a time. The direction of the miters changes midstream. The pattern gives the instructions for knitting the unit of construction (a mitered square block), followed by instructions for knitting the
blocks onto each other to form the blanket, and for the patchwork border of rectangular miters and i-cord edging.
If you’re an old hand at miters, you will hardly need to consult the written instructions. The diagram shows the order and direction of the knitting for each miter, where to pick up stitches and where to cast on new stitches using the backward loop (thumb) method, and
when to change colors for the “window.”
Resizing (or re-gauging) the blanket is easy as pie. Cast on fewer—or more—stitches. As long as the number of stitches is divisible by 2, and you place a marker at the exact halfway point, the instructions will work.