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  • OMG – This thing is gorgeous. Such knitterly lovlieness. I am stunned.
    Michele

  • WOW! That is just beautiful, and truly a feat of persistence! Your border reminds me to ask- the borders on the moderne log cabins in the book- how are they done? The instructions refer to a different border than what I think I see on the two examples, and I prefer the clean look of that to the mitered border for this application.
    Thanks!
    Lynne

  • I admit, I’ve been ducking the miter square. But I love the “Weird Partial Garter.” Thank you for the recipe!
    Like I really needed an excuse to go to the yarn store….
    Julie McC.

  • As always, thank you for the new recipe. This blanket just kiss @$$!!! cro-Kay HA! I GOTTA try that!

  • ‘cro-kay.’ am LOL-ing off my chair up here. your mitres are lovely- so graceful and genteel! to the undisputed reine of the genre– i salute you! thanks for the inspiration!

  • WOW. JUST WOW.
    Thanks for the tuturial. I’m going to print it, and keep it as a reference. For when I finish the sock.

  • Just Fabulous. No more words needed. (of course, that won’t stop me!) I bow to your abilities. Your miters are crisp and clean and your blanket it breathtaking – breathless and speechless amd I.

  • am I, even!

  • Beautimous!! I love the inspired faux-shay cro-Kay. ANYTHING to avoid the crochet hook ( and getting up to look for one!)

  • LOVE IT!!!! I have tried a mitered square (actually, yes, only one square), and now am inspired to keep working on them. I will try out your recipes!!!!

  • It’s really wonderful, lots of spots for the eye to rest indeed, and the partial garter squares? So special. Now, your “faux-chay”? Insanity, that’s what I call that. But I call it that with deep reference and admiration in my voice (you can hear that, right?).

  • Wow, impressive. I always think I want to knit a blanket, and then I think, hmmm, what makes me think I could finish a blanket when I have yet to finish a sweater?
    Also, that is a whole lotta yarn for a starving law widow.
    And I have to say, it would scare me to death to mix colors and patterns without having the whole thing all planned out from the beginning. How do you do it and always have it end up looking so good?

  • Isn’t that what children are for? To get Mommy the crochet hook that she doesn’t want to get for herself? It is in my house!

  • Stunning. Beautiful. But how do you deal with all of those ends without going mad?

  • That blanket is wonderful. My attempts at the mitered square have sucked so far. I think I’ll give it another go this winter. I must say that I love the terms cro-Kay and Faux-chay. They’ve brought smiles to my face today.

  • Love it! Gorgeous!!

  • Amazing! The color combos and stripes! I’m in awe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh Kay – you truly are the godmother of all us miterheads! That blanket is sooooo beautiful!

  • Wow. This is insane!! Yet, strangely appealing…

  • Wow. Absatively posilutely gorgeous. An heirloom-to-be. (Do you want to adopt me? I want to inherit that blankie. Never mind that I am probably 20 years older than you.)
    A few years back I knit a mitered-square afghan from a Colinette kit I bought on a trip to England. The squares were much smaller than yours, and mixed a fair number of garter stitch rows in with the stockinette. It never occurred to me that the pattern must have had to take into account the differing row gauges. Huh. Wow. It worked, though, because I followed the pattern EXACTLY. Someday I’ll be intrepid enough to try your on-the-fly method. I hope.

  • Beautiful! And I dig the crocs.

  • It looks great! And I can’t even get over that border!

  • Thank you for the tutorials! I was one of those asking “how did you do that?” This time I’ll bookmark and print. Your blanket is beyond amazing. I love how the colors and patterns draw the eye. My mitered blanket is going on three years of off and on work, nearing completion!

  • Thank you so much. It is fabulous!
    Sylvia

  • That is truly a thing of beauty.
    Last week, I was inspired to use up some leftover cotton to make a mitered baby blanket. I have no idea what I did, but I ended up with a triangle!! So I’m just going with it and make four more the same way to make a round mitered blanket. When life gives you lemons . . .

  • Oh, that’s nice! It reminds me of a mitred square blanket my gran had that was knit in different colours for each triangle of the mitre and had a leaf and vine pattern. I doubt I would have the patience to do those borders.

  • Lovely! Is that dark border colour in the squares at all? I can’t see it. Cool!
    I could not point out any errors… I was knitting the 6-pointed washrag from the book this morning, doing the eyelet row and cursing because things weren’t lining up properly and I was going to just fake it (or have to come all the way downstairs to look at the errata page) and then I realized it was my own damn fault and if I just *read the pattern* right, all would be well…

  • Kay the colors are so beautiful. The whole blanket is just absoluely gorgeous.

  • Just stunning and more so with each perusal. Thanks for all of the relevant info – saves wondering how to go about askin’ politely!

  • I like the partial garter block best! I love how clean and crisp it looks. I wonder what a whole blanket of them would look like.

  • Holy Miteres!
    Crack open your beverage of choice and marvel at it’s loveliness!

  • Can you post what the BACK of the blanket looks like? I want to know what I am supposed to aspire to. Thanks!

  • grandchildren will be fighting over who gets it when they plant you baby. knit more ,world peace be damed, you need to work on family peace now kiddo. knit more you lucky-duck.
    blankie heirlooms for one and all.

  • Just beautiful…

  • The weird partial garter square? I’m thinking it might be par-fait as a cushion. And the faux-shay cro-Kay? Pure genius. Thank you Kay!

  • Lovely, lovely blanket! I too would love close-up photos of the backs and fronts of the seams as completed (and ends weaving!) Did you carry the non-knitting color along as you striped? or did you cut? I am making a mitered baby blankie following the general course of events of the pattern in VK on the Go, Baby Blankets Two ‘Geometric Blanket’ on page 72. I’m using my own colors – but it works up as ONE PIECE. And I’m weaving in ends by catching them in the bottom loops of the stiches I pick up. I’m not happy with the back so I will face (line?) with some fleece fabric — not practical in your super-size version. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • heavenscent….i’ve been transported. is this mitered blanket #3? you’ll need to include it in your will! what are your feelings about gartering this entire “puppy?” would this avoid matressing? you’ve been blessed with serious stick-to-it-ive-ness! LOVE!

  • Oh, Kay. Oh, oh, oh. Nothing smartass from me today. (Okay, well, yeah, I did wonder about your color selections just the littlest bit when it was all just, you know, not really anything yet and not all up there together in all the glory, but.) Oh. Oh, oh, oh boy.
    I’m trying to tell myself I’m glad I haven’t made such a glorious blanket because then all the other blankets I would make afterwards would have the sting of not being as good as this one.
    And I still consider the border SHEER GENIUS. Truly. Worth every last moment of desperate yarn search to get it all done. Oh, oh, oh.

  • Holy cow. Humble readers are rewarded by your perseverance. It looks amazing–perfect for snuggling under on chilly fall nights.

  • Now here’s the question – how long of a lie down did you have to take after finishing it? two years? three?

  • i love it!

  • I bow to the genius of The Kay.
    I love it.
    Super Fantastic! (I am about to steal the garter square for a baby blanket made out of years and years worth of 4 ply mercerised cotton leftovers saved from the bin at work in pinks, lilacs and silver greys. I may even sneak a bit of denim in there, just for old times sake).
    And now do we get to see the Tweedy One, Ann?

  • Beautiful!

  • That blanket is freaking gorgeous. I keep trying to resist all the square knitting that is going on over here, but you gals are making it tough! Magnificent!

  • Really, I think this is my favorite knitted item ever made on the whole planet.

  • Beauteous!

  • beauteous!!!

  • I’m having trouble typing because of all the drool that has spattered all over my keyboard… I’m in love with this blanket. Love the border, love the variety of stripes…(I had already started this after seeing something else you did, but your color choices are so wonderful) and I love the mixture of garter and stockinette. Yummm….. thank you for taking the time to write it all down. You ‘da best!

  • Amazing.

  • Oh, Kay. My goodness. The Gee’s Bend quilt ladies got nuthin’ on you.

  • That is amazing! Almost makes me want to try knitting a blanket! Almost. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow, hard to choose a favourite, but I love the half garter square too, and the little corner miters–the whole thing is stunning. I think we need to arrange a visit the new blanket tour for you and Ann, another excuse to come see you guys.

  • This is unbelievably gorgeous. What an accomplishment!

  • Beautiful, as usual! I love that you use the word ‘recipe’. I learned how to knit when I was an exchange student in Denmark about 100 years ago. My ‘Danish mother’ used the word recipe for pattern. Thanks for bringing back some really great memories!

  • hi to you both – reading your blog in the uk – getting desperate for your book – poss with out getting it from amazon!! – also getting desperate to know how to get hold off all this amazing cotton yarn that you have in the states! – does anyone know – apart from ebay – where you can get stuff like sugar n creme or the yarn the lady with the bright blanket used? we have nothing like it here! lucinda S

  • Simply amazing! It’s very beautiful and inspirational. And I thought that making a quilt that size required intestinal fortitude. Weaving in all those ends alone would be enough to send me round the bend.

  • kay- but for the fact that you didn’t use a hook, that *is* crochet, BTW. the hooky thing just makes it easier than with the knitting needles. mwah! loving the potential coziness of this blanket!

  • Love the lime green crocs! Blanket is spectacular!

  • Gorgeous! The colors are amazing. And thanks for the recipe, ‘though I don’t think I could manage it.

  • Oh cruel! How can you tell me it is the border of doom when I have fallen so in love ???? I console myself with the thought that my knock-off border is only going round a baby blanket. I may yet live to knit another day ……
    Heather x

  • The colours! The creative mitring (word?)! The fabulous border! I LOVE this blanket. Do I win a prize for spotting a Croc, the greatest shoes ever?

  • I can answer my own question, Lorinda and Sandra D spotted the crocs before me. Damn it(!)

  • omg. that is just beautiful. though I totally get you on that border bit – hoorah for your perseverence!

  • I’m back. And this time I have a question. Why do we cut the yarn and slide the square around and knit before we start the set of deceases on the wrong side? Could we just purl back? Two less ends to weave in by 48 squares equals 96 fewer ends.
    Oh my. That’s a lot. I may need to try that on my second square . . .

  • There are times when I think I am a creative person. And then I see something like this and I am in awe. This is amazing. I love it. It’s beautiful. I must make one of these. Wow. Just wow.

  • Ooooh, I love love love this. I really like the randomness and scrappyness of this blanket. I may have to make one for myself. Thank you for the motivation and tutorial.