Our idea germinated from a request from a friend for a blanket kal -- for the uninitiated that's a Blanket Knit Along. I'd made a couple of blankets before -- the afghans that I posted about last week. They were based on the Great American Afghan and the modular design of a blanket based on squares is a good one to create for a KAL. We want to create a blanket that has very easy squares for beginners with more difficult squares if the knitter wants to be challenged. As the blanket is geometric the squares can be mixed and matched so if a square doesn't appeal it can be replaced by another.
We'd been creating interest boards (initially on the pc but I've transferred most of it to Pinterest www.pinterest.co.uk/jennyw1050/wonderwool-blanket/
As you can see from Pinterest, we'd picked up ideas from lots of areas and had initially decided that the blanket was going to be more like the American Afghans I'd already made. This changed when I started on the first square and started playing around with bits of paper to work out how to have a square with triangles around it. By moving the triangles out a bit, it then created a central square (diamond) with a border around it and triangles around that to make the full square. Ruth then did this much more efficiently on Power Point, complete with exact measurements! Once the shape and colours were on powerpoint, we (Ruth with input from me) were able to duplicate the squares, swap colours around and create a full layout. The resulting blanket uses ideas from traditional patchworking to create patterns within patterns. As the blanket evolves, Ruth and I have some challenges ahead -- creating brioche and mosaic patterns being some of the more daunting ideas!
The pictures here show the first square. As you can see the centre changes colour! This is not the magic of computers but a second square! With the first square we worked out stitch counts etc but knitted the WYS Wensledale Gems yarn up on 4 mm needles. This felt quite slack and although it blooms when washed it still didn't feel dense enough and was slightly too large. A change of needles to 3.5 mm (the green centre) created perfection!
All we need now is a name for the blanket!