12-27-2007, 12:14 AM
Do all my projects have a story? YES. So this was suppose to be gifted (and was actually) for my cousin's baby shower in October. BUT, in my hurried state of finishing this (the day of the shower) I accidentally sewed the crochet edging inside the blanket when attaching the backing. Go figure. Needless-to-say, I had to take back the gift immediately after giving it so it could be finished and RE-given at our next meeting which was Christmas.
Anyway, this is definitely the largest-coolest thing I've made (though the dragon scarf is totally cool too)
:woot: Ta-daaaaaaaaaa.....


http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/6951/fobackinglargegj8.th.jpg (http://img101.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fobackinglargegj8.jpg)
Picture Links of each square:
FISH (http://img266.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fishsquarehh8.jpg)
SUN (http://img172.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sunsquareuq8.jpg)
SAIL BOAT (http://img184.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sailboatsquareem1.jpg)
DINOSAUR (http://img184.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dinosaursquarehe3.jpg)
FROG (http://img340.imageshack.us/my.php?image=frogsquareuq2.jpg)
HORSE (http://img508.imageshack.us/my.php?image=horsesquareyz6.jpg)
HOUSES (http://img184.imageshack.us/my.php?image=housessquareyh7.jpg)
SPORTS TEAMS (http://img171.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sportssquaredq2.jpg)
BOBBLES THE SHEEP (http://img508.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bobblessquareqx3.jpg)
TURTLE (http://img266.imageshack.us/my.php?image=turtlesquarehj5.jpg)
MOON & STARS (http://img184.imageshack.us/my.php?image=moonandstarssf3.jpg)
ABC-123 (http://img184.imageshack.us/my.php?image=abc123squarekx3.jpg)
PATTERNS: Accumulated from lots of places or made up. See "original" post link below for more info on the patterns.

My posts regarding this project:My "Original" Patchwork Baby Blanket thread (9/20-27/2007) (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66173&highlight=baby)If YOU were to knit a baby blanket (7/11/2007) (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61573&highlight=baby)Two baby showers on the same weekend (9/11/2007) (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65572&highlight=baby)Need an edge pattern (9/25/2007) (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66421&highlight=baby)Washing Acrylic? 10/9/2007) (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=67367&highlight=baby)(There are a couple other non-important ones where I was most likely in some state of panic, but we don't need to go there. :))More Rambling afterthoughts:
1.) ALTHOUGH it was a major PIA to knit this as one piece since I did make up a lot of it as I went along, I do believe it would have been even harder to try to get everything lined up square by square.
2.) A ceramic kitchen floor makes for an excellent grid when pinning! Just tape the fleece to the floor using tile edges as a guide then lay the backing on top; use lots of very large safety pins to secure. A drywall T-square is handy too to pin down the middle.
3.) As for the patterns the only one I am disappointed in is the dinosaur. The yellow on red shows through too much.
4.) It looks way better with the patterns in color and duplicate stitching on the purl side is nearly impossible. So do the pattern in color, but use a knit stitch rather than a purl.
5.) The 3D fish are way too cool!
6.) Sewing the the knit and fleece together is best accomplished using transparent thread mostly because I can't sew a straight line.
7.) DO NOT skimp on the fleece backing. ONLY buy No-Pill stuff!
8.) Simply accept before you start that not every square will lie completely flat due to the different borders and patterns.
9.) When someone praises you for such a wonderful hand made item, gratefully accept and nod in your own astonishment that it came out so great!
10.) Thank every one on KH for their help! THANKS!!!

12-27-2007, 12:39 AM
Wow! You did that in one piece? That is awesome. I really like it and I am amazed at all the types you put into it, sewing, knitting, and crochet?!?! Wow! That is a piece that will be loved forever.

sue in canada
12-27-2007, 09:15 AM
That looks amazing. Wonderful gift.

12-27-2007, 10:49 AM
That is amazing.. you did a fabulous job.

12-27-2007, 12:13 PM
WOW! I was actually thinking about your blanket the other day. I wondered if you had finished it yet.
Well ! It is just beautiful. You did a wonderful job and i am sure that this a gift that will be handed down. :)

12-27-2007, 12:16 PM
How cute is that!!

12-27-2007, 09:38 PM
Thanks for the nice compliments! Rita, I wondered if anyone wondered what happened to the blanket since I hadn't posted a FO picture of it. Now you know the rest of the story. :D

12-27-2007, 09:56 PM
Wow. It's waaaaay cool.

12-27-2007, 10:10 PM
It came out great! I remember seeing you post after completing each piece.

12-27-2007, 11:40 PM
That is just beautiful!! All the squares are so much fun. Great colors.

12-28-2007, 12:13 AM
love it!

12-28-2007, 04:05 AM
Lucky baby! You did a great job ~

12-28-2007, 06:27 AM
:passedout:Absolutely awesome! Such bright colours!

12-28-2007, 07:55 AM
That is adorable!

12-29-2007, 01:19 PM
Unbelievably adorable! :passedout:

12-29-2007, 01:27 PM
It is so impressive!!!:inlove:
I can't finish blanket for my daughter for 2 years! :aww:

12-29-2007, 04:55 PM
Oh my goodness! That is just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!


12-31-2007, 09:42 AM
I really appreciate all the nice comments.Thanks!

01-03-2008, 01:32 AM
That is one beautiful blanket! Anyone that looks at it, knows it was made with love!:yay:

01-03-2008, 09:26 AM
OMG! Absolutely incredible!! I hope the receiver knows how much love is in that blanket! It's just gorgeous!

01-03-2008, 10:00 AM
:passedout: wow...that is amazing!!

01-05-2008, 03:53 AM
Marni, I don't think I have EVER SEEN a baby blanket the surpasses yours in colorfulness, ingenuity, and skill! Really.

Thanks so very much for all the neat links, the colorfulness of the links, the great set up of the post...the whole entire thing was EYE CANDY from start to finish! And informative, as well!

Did you knit the 3 squares across the row..and just keep track of the patches as you approaced the next patch...kinda like colorblock work on a MEGA SCALE? Otherwise, I don't know how else you could knit it all in one piece. My brain is racing! I think the colorblock technique would work. And, you'd just have to keep track of the 3 under construction till they were complete...then tie on new colors for the next row of 3 patches across. (???)

Well, now I am inspired. Who is gonna have the next baby??? I must must must make something even half a wonderful as your baby blankie! Hmmm...all my daughters and daughters-in-law think they're done havin' babies. Oh well, hmmm...my oldest granddaughter is 21, and has a 'significant other'...a real keeper I might add! Maaaaaybe she's next! :teehee: Well, after college I guess. She's a junior at UW.

Thanks again! :thumbsup:

01-05-2008, 02:46 PM
Thanks Artlady. Hmm, Colorblock? Yep, I guess.

I started by casting on all 3 colors on my interchangeables with an extra cable added then working back and forth across the entire project I incorporated the pattern and colors of each block as I went.

Sometimes there would be just 3 strands of yarn (top and bottom of each block) and other times I'd be working off both the inner and outer parts of a skein (not recommended) while having 3 or 4 other strands dangling down to partial balls or full skeins. I did try to strategically decide what each block would be based on how many colors that would require me to use at one time, but I got a little carried away with the colors used in the top 3 though mostly because I changed my mind as I was knitted. Some patterns were duplicate stitched but most were stranded. It was not a very mobile project.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Jan in CA
01-05-2008, 03:52 PM
:passedout: That is absolutely awesome! I can't believe it's in one piece..all that yarn getting tangled.. :zombie: I'm sure the new owner loves it! :thumbsup:

01-06-2008, 01:14 PM

01-06-2008, 05:25 PM
WOW that's amazing.

01-12-2008, 08:54 AM
Wow....you're very talented! Great blanket!!

01-12-2008, 06:17 PM
I like it! So, are you taking orders? You might be able to sell something that cute!!!

01-13-2008, 10:55 PM
Are you kiddin' me? I knit about as fast as I can paint. Ok, you have to know me to know how long that takes.

I'm glad you like it though! It seems to be mind boggling, but not that hard all things considered.