I’m not gonna lie: the one who loves this blanket the most is Kermit.
He was a total pest while I was seaming the six strips together—rolling around on the Donegal Tweed like it was catnip, nudging strips until they slid off the table, playing with my sewing yarn like a freaking kitten. He’s 112 years old.
Anyway, it’s gratifying to have a lot of blanket love around.
Hubbo likes it too.
We watch the end of the world together on the teevee, so now we each have a tweedy knitted blanket to hunker down under.
Remember: always seam your blankets on a large table. It’s the only way to prevent The Horror of Puckering, The Heartbreak of Overstretching.
The goal at all times is to make sure the intersections intersect neat and square, like Mike Mulligan.
Here’s the back side. The blanket is square, though my floor is not.
And here’s the front.
Your Free Sequence Blanket Pattern
A number of folks have asked for a pattern for this. Remember, the joy of sequence knitting is that you can simply think up a knit/purl pattern in your head, and go. If I were to write out the stitch patterns for all 44 squares, it would be excruciating both for me to write and for a knitter to knit. (Also: I don’t even remember at this point what I was doing for most of these.) Better to discover the many joys of cooking up sequences on the fly.
You need to get a copy of Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5: Sequences before you make this blanket. It’s essential to spend time with Cecelia Campochiaro’s ingenious methods for creating complex fabrics using simple knit-and-purl patterns. Once you understand the thinking involved in creating these stitch patterns, you’ll be able to make this blanket in a jazzlike, improvisational manner. I repeat: this is the most fun I have had knitting, ever.
Finished size: 5 feet by 5 feet
Yarn: Worsted weight. Tahki Donegal Tweed is my forever pick for blankets. It’s just the sturdiest, tweediest yarn, and it blooms when you wash it. I picked these colors from our Shop, and I used 8 shades: Light Gray, Cream, Tan, Fawn, Light Olive, Bright Olive, Dark Green, and Dark Blue. Two skeins per color.
Gauge: 16 stitches = 4″ on unwashed stockinette.
Needles: size 8 or whatever gets gauge
Pattern: Make 6 strips total. Change sequences and colors as you like. Note that different sequences create different row counts, so you should knit each sequence until you have a square—don’t try to count rows, because it won’t help you. Just keep a tape measure handy, and make sure you’ve knit a full square.
Strip of 5″ squares (make 2 strips): Cast on 20 stitches. Using your choice of sequence and yarn color, knit a 5″ square. Change color and sequence. Knit another square. Keep going in this way until you have made 12 squares.
Strip of 10″ squares (make 2 strips): Cast on 40 stitches. Using your choice of sequence and yarn color, knit a 10″ square. Change color and sequence. Knit another square. Keep going in this way until you have made 6 squares.
Strip of 15″ squares (make 2 strips): Cast on 60 stitches.Using your choice of sequence and yarn color, knit a 15″ square. Change color and sequence. Knit another square. Keep going in this way until you have made 4 squares.
Soak your strips. A bathtub is recommended. When dry (or hell, sew them wet I don’t care), sew the strips together using mattress stitch, 3-needle bindoff, or crochet as you like. Add an i-cord border if you want, though I didn’t want to do one on mine.
I’d dying to see what other sequence blankets will look like, so I hope some of you curious knitters will dive in.