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I really can't stop knitting squares
February 11 2012
April 28 2015
Project info
I really can't stop knitting squares
Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang
me & Mr Bee
Needles & yarn
US 4 - 3.5 mm
4,620 yards
Knit Picks Gloss Fingering
550 yards in stash
3.5 skeins = 770.0 yards (704.1 meters), 175 grams
Knit Picks
Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM)
none left in stash
22 skeins = 3850.0 yards (3520.4 meters), 1100 grams
Shall We Knit? in Waterloo, Ontario

Okay, this is the 5th mitered square blanket I’ve made (alone or as a group). I swear, this one is really truly actually positively going to be for my husband and me.

August 2013: 71 squares. How big should I even make this? Hmmm…

June 2014: 125 squares…

July 2014: After being re-energized by a scrap yarn swap, I’m up to 154 squares. I think I need either 180 or 190 to make a blanket long enough for my 6’2” husband to properly snuggle under. I currently have enough yarn for probably another 15-20 squares, keeping with my rule of no more than 2 squares made from any given yarn.

August 2014: Okay, I have 166 squares, and I think I should stop at 170. At 10 squares wide and 17 squares long, this blanket will be as long as a queen-sized bed, and about 3.5’ wide. Much bigger, and I might as well stop thinking of it as a throw, and start thinking of it as actual bedding!

February 2015: Three evenings of work, and I’ve woven in all the ends. WOOHOO!

April 17, 2015: ALL THE SEAMING IS DONE! I still need to put on a border, but, pre-border and pre-blocking, this baby measures 1.152 kg and 42x72”. That’s 4290 YARDS of yarn (roughly) or about 3922 METERS. That’s almost exactly the same as the distance between my home and my office. WHOA.

April 29, 2015: DONE. Border on! All it needs now is washing and blocking, but that may be a while yet because I need to arrange a surface!

Note: I’m using the Knit Picks Gloss for the cast-on (done with a crochet hook over a needle, as for a temporary cast-on; it makes for a great edge to seam into) and first knit-back row. I’ll use it for the border as well. The squares are mostly Koigu KPPPM, but with lots of other scraps thrown in -- some left over from my own projects, some donated by or swapped with friends.

As I’ve done before, I am working the squares separately, to be seamed later. This allows me more control over colour placement (otherwise I would have had to have all my colours in hand at the start of the project!) and also allows for perfect portable knitting. Carrying a whole blanket around would drag me down, but a little bag with a couple of balls of scrap yarn and a small circular needle (I use a 16” circ) and a crochet hook and snips? Much better, which means I’m more likely to actually work on this. It goes in fits and starts even so, but I’ve rarely gone a month without knitting on it at least a little. Yes, the weaving in of ends and seaming will be a major undertaking, but it’s all just part of the process…


This blanket won 1st prize in the 2016 KWKG Adjudicated show, in the “Ooooh!” miscellaneous category. The prize was a gift certificate for Mary Maxim.

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  • Project created: October 12, 2011
  • Finished: May 6, 2015
  • Updated: June 15, 2016
  • Progress updates: 8 updates