Guys, I have this crazy idea. I suspect it’s crazy because two of my closest friends, who also happen to be knitters, responded with much less than their normal enthusiasm when I ran the idea by them. Katy said something like “I don’t know, the combination might be a bit much” (which it could be) and Bridgit’s comment was “That looks like the most boring knit ever” (which I really can’t argue with)… and yet I think I still want to do it.
That is a photo of Stephen West’s simple and free Garter Squish blanket pattern. It is, indeed, just a big ol’ rectangle of garter stitch. However, there is beauty in its simplicity and as I sit shivering in front of my open window (it’s spring already) refusing to put on a sweater (I said spring!!) I’m kind of wishing I had a big wool blanket to snuggle in right this very minute. What makes this blanket extra squishy is that it is knit with two strands of worsted weight wool held double on size US 15 (big!) needles. There are three things that are really drawing me towards making this project:
- It’s about as instant-gratification as a knitted blanket can get, and I do not have a knitted blanket, and that is a shame.
- I’m intrigued by the opportunity for lots of fun color and texture effects by mixing up different kinds of yarn.
- It’ll eat up yarn like whoa. The pattern sample took 3200 yards combined. I might have a spare skein or two of yarn (hah!) that could use knitting up. Especially leftovers.
My mom accidentally bought 5 skeins of Malabrigo in a purple color (Uva) that she thought was brown online, which she gave to me that I’d like to use up:
|Malabrigo Yarn Worsted, colorway Uva|
That’s about 1,000 yards right there, plus I have approximately another 600 yards of purple mystery wool that the Fiasco’s mom gave me for Christmas last year, would would bring me up to the required 1600 yards of solid color yarn for the blanket:
I think the two purples would match well enough. So I knit a swatch with some of the leftover bits and bobs I had handy:
|Crazy, beautiful, or crazy beautiful?|
|How does it look?|
Had any crazy ideas yourself lately?