Thinking It Through

Remember when I was three squares short on my blanket, and couldn’t figure out what had gone wrong since I had used all of my yarn and gotten an even number of squares out of each ball? The third square was sitting right across from me the whole time I wrote that post. It was waiting happily on the couch for me to notice it, in exactly the same position that it was when I cast it off and set it aside. Trying to get this blanket finished is making me all kinds of stupid.

Now that I only have two squares left to knit (meaning that I have to go buy a ball of the yarn… somewhere), the problem of how to sew it all up isn’t really avoidable anymore. I avoided it when I bought (what I thought was) all of the yarn to finish the damn thing, and I avoided it when I let the squares sit in their tub and sulk for 2 months. This is my first blanket. What the heck am I supposed to do with all of these blocks?! I’ve been researching, and this is what I’ve come up with:

1. Crochet. I’m ignoring this option out at the moment. This is the most traditional choice, it seems, but an option of last resort. I hate single crochet. I’m not even sure that I do it right, despite the dozens of tutorials I’ve read and watched. Despite learning to crochet years before learning to knit, and learning from a real person instead of a grainy YouTube video, I’ve never managed to make it look right.

2. Sew. I could, theoretically, bind it and back it like a regular quilt, which I’ve done plenty of times before. The yarn is thick, though, and my machine is old. I don’t know if it could handle it, and don’t want to push the poor old fella. This means I could hand sew it, but that might not look as nice.

3. Knit. This is the option I really want to work, but the one I’ve found the least tutorials for. Maybe I’m ignoring an obvious solution here, but I don’t have any needles large enough to hold all of the stitches for one edge. Could I knit my boarders separately and seam them on, or only pick up so many stitches at a time, and seam the sections together? Both of these options re-enter the problem of not knowing a good seaming technique, which I’m probably going to have to remedy.

I’ve spent hours now, staring at the blanket on the floor, like Pooh Bear, going, “think, think, think…”, but not coming up with a solution. The next step is to do mock ups, and knit a mini test blanket. All I can figure is that I need yarn. I’m pretty sure a trip to the yarn store would fix all of my problems, or, at least, make me feel better about them. While I deliberate, here’s Harold the Houseplant Monster, wearing a snazzy sweater:

He’s looking pretty darn happy about it, too.


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