Saturday, May 19, 2012

a very colourful square


The other day a member of the Warm Hands group on Ravelry put out the call for 10 inch squares for a group blanket. In fact a couple of blankets are planned - one or more of superwash wool and one or more with acrylic yarn. I'm betting that donations of superwash squares won't keep pace with their acrylic counterparts, so I've rolled up my sleeves to do my share.

Rooting around in my stash I found leftover Cascade 200 superwash in three colours - red, orange and purple. The red was leftover from these Cruiser Mitts I knit for my sister a year and a half ago. The orange, leftover from another pair of mitts for my nephew. And the purple was leftover from a baby blanket completed last year. Altogether enough for a square or two.

For my first square I wanted something striking. After looking through the Ravelry database I settled on this Stained Glass Afghan Square. As written it makes a 12 inch square but I figured that I could bring it down to 10 inches. After all Cascade 220 superwash is quite a thin worsted, surely I could make the square smaller with a smaller hook? In fact I was so successful that I needed an extra round of DC to make it LARGE enough!

It's very pretty! And surprisingly easy to do. I'd like to make another but I don't think I've got enough yarn left for a second one. Maybe I can squeak out a plainer 10 inch granny square from what I've got left, but even that's doubtful. I'm going to try, though. It's been a very good stash-busting exercise!

14 comments:

Dee said...

Very festive! I love the flowers in the center.

Kristen Jancuk said...

so pretty!! i should really learn to crochet . . .

Ashley said...

Beautiful!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

That is a wicked square! Stop making me want to learn how to crochet!

heather said...

That square is gorgeous!!!!!! Love the colors but that pattern is awesome!

Elizabeth said...

That square is fabulous! It makes me want to learn how to crochet.

Anna said...

That is gorgeous! Love the colors, love the design. Nice job.

Anonymous said...

That is an amazing square, especially since you composed it out of leftover stash!

Andria said...

That is beautiful. It will be so lovely in a blanket!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

This is such a lovely block, it is definitely on my to do list.

Liz said...

That square is gorgeous! The colours look so warm and cosy together. :)

Sandra said...

It will be beautiful in a blanket!
A group blanket is a good idea! We have this kind of thing here too, we make squares for blankets for donation!

Nicky said...

Wow ... awesome!!!!

Kepanie said...

Great of you to donate. That's a really cool blanket.