We moved our son to college a couple of weekends ago, and I packed this blanket in a care package with snacks and supplies, along with a letter, explaining about the blanket.
Yarn: I used all Knitpicks yarn -- Chroma and Wool of the Andes (WotA) .G is a freshman at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The school colors are orange and black; that dictated the colors of the blanket.
- Chroma in Smoothie. I used more less than one skein to make 3 squares
- WotA in Coal. I used 3 skeins to make 4 squares and to do the edging iCord
- WotA in Orange. I used two skeins to make four squares and had almost none left.
- WotA in Cobblestone Heather. I used two skeins to make four squares.
- WotA in Dove Heather. I think I used 19 skeins as the background color for 15 squares and 6 half squares.
Pattern: Mitered Cross blanket for Japan by Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting. Here's the Ravelry link, and here is a link to April in Mason-Dixon Knitting. If you scroll down, you'll see Kay's blanket and a link to buy the pattern -- proceeds go to Japanese Earthquake relief. I love that buying the pattern benefits others, and I hope when I told that to my son, it said something to him about serving others and its importance. My son is over six feet tall, so I added two rows of squares to the blanket for a total of 15 squares in six rows. I did the icord in a contrasting color (coal). I liked the look it gave the blanket -- it just seemed right for G. I added a yarn over to the icord repeats -- knit-knit-yarn over-knit through back loop, and then I passed the yarn over over the final knit two together through back loop. Somehow the yarn over covered the stripe. By the way, go buy the pattern -- even if you don't plan to make the blanket. It's a good thing to do.
I stitched a cross (Faith), an anchor (hope) and a heart (love) in the corner. 13
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Size: I thought I was making a 6 foot by 3 foot blanket. It turned out to be 8 feet by 3 feet, 3 inches. I have no idea how it ended up so long, but he'll have lots of room to snuggle in this behemoth.
Final thoughts -- This is a great pattern that is interesting enough to knit for a long time (3 months) but simple enough to not be frustrating. I enjoyed the knitting. It was a great project to carry me through the transition of my son's high school graduation and his summer before college. I was able to knit my love into something warm to leave with him at school -- something that left an important message about caring for others. Something that told him how much he is loved.
He texted his dad a picture of his newly lofted bed today. Check out what's up there -- the blanket. Cool.