Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket/shawl by Mary C. Gildersleeve

Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket/shawl

April 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round (worked with #10 needles and blocked))
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 11 - 8.0 mm
625 yards (572 m)
one size -- a heptagon/circle that blocks out to approx 66 inches
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Similar to my Miss Ellie’s Garden blanket/shawl, this one is a bit more spunky with it’s bright colors (in worsted-weight cotton) and solid stitch-patterning while also being a tad larger. The finished size of this heptagon is approx 66 inches across and is a joy to knit.

Worked in the round and starting at the center, you create a spiral-petaled focal-point. Switching to #10s and spoke increases, you begin to work shades of pink in the petals. I have added a few rounds of striping between the color changes to avoid harshness and blend the colors better. The final rounds are lime green leaves with a touch of the bright prink at the very edge.

Sample used Knit Picks Shine Worsted in the following colors (and amounts):
o Color 1 (center) Cream (30 yards)
o Color 2 (first pink) Blush (132 yards)
o Color 3 (second pink) Cosmopolitan (225 yards)
o Color 4 (leaf border) Citrine (225 yards)

This design would also be gorgeous in a solid color (needing approx 625 yds of worsted-weight cotton).

Directions are both round-by-round and charted.