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!