Square by square

To knit a square, I knit in a circle. 



At the beginning of a month known for its showers, I thought it was appropriate to share my current, more long term project. Another pattern from Kate's excellent book Inspired by Islay. A rainbow of colours to knit for the Birlinn blanket which is the last pattern in the book. How could I resist when I saw the photographs of the blanket and the beautiful beach on Islay. I doubt I will ever be visiting the beach but I can share the joy of this modular design which I started wondering if I could even cast on as I was required to work a pinhole technique. After the help of YouTube videos I soon developed a way which suite me to create the pinhole with a  crochet hook. I had several attempts to knit the rest of the square with short and long DPNs (double pointed needles) which I mastered but wasn't as comfortable with all those points and joins in my work. Eventually I went back to the small circular needles 23cm/9" shown in the photo above. One DPN to bind off my circular squares and the little stitch marker to mark my rounds. I have filled my Fringe association field bag with my wool and tools to keep this project together over the months it will take me to knit.

Birlinn blanket squares before blocking  

Birlinn blanket squares before blocking  

The photo above shows my 'squares' when they come off the circular needle. The 3D design popping as I bind off each stitch. There are corners which I need to block out after my squares come out of the spa. The process is addictive and now I have started I keep wanting to add 'just one more' There are six colours of Buachaille (Kate's wool) and I will knit six squares of each of the colours. Furze, Moonlight Nicht, Highland Coo. Islay and Yaffle. I knit in sets of six, then spa and block, dad helps with blocking and is keen to see the blanket develop. I guess he wants to keep me knitting and watches my progress so I don't bypass his part in the fun!

Birlinn blanket squares after blocking  

Birlinn blanket squares after blocking  

There is a year long KAL in Kate's Ravelry group which is proving interesting as each knitter finds a technique to suit their style of knitting. I made several attempts before deciding on the one that I use. Pinhole its crochet hook. Rows 1-6 with two small circular needles transferring to one small circular for the rest of the square to end up with one DPN to bind off. I have marked out squares on my blocking mats to pin each one to the required size. The squares spring back a little and are waiting for me to pick up stitches and join each one by using a three needle bind off! if anyone thought blankets just happened, they are welcome to join in this process to see how Kate designed this modular blanket.

I thought I would share this project in the early stages and then reveal my version of the blanket after a lot more knitting and blocking. Hopefully I will have a happy blanket to brighten up my room.

I will also remind myself when I see and feel those April showers that there is an abundance of joy when I see a rainbow.

Whenever I see a rainbow, I remember God is love.


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