I am knitting (only a few rows in) this blanket:
I am using Red Heart yarn in Aqua (border and solid color blocks), blue, and green (the striped blocked).
The pattern says to knit three strips: 2 starting with the striped blocks and 1 starting with the solid block.
Then sew the strips together, pick up stitches at each end for 7 garter rows for a border, then pick up stitches on the long sides for the borders.
I absolutely *HATE* seaming. Are these squares too big to knit using the intarsia method (of which I haven't done much, but I have done it) instead of in three separate strips? What I have in mind is knitting the 7 border rows in the garter stitch, then starting with the row of blocks that are solids on the outside with the one striped block in the middle (opposite of the sewing diagram, which has the outer striped blocks at the bottom instead).
Are these color sections too big to feasibly use the intarsia method? It's only 120 stitches across (each square is 40 stitches by 56 rows). If I understand instarsia right, all I'd have to do is twist the strands of yarn around each other every time I switched from a solid-color block to a striped block (or vice versa), so there wouldn't be any holes in the blanket?
Then, when I was finished with the main blanket, I'd just have to pick up stitches for the side borders.
I noticed that there was recently a knit along that talked about doing a seamless afghan--I think my pattern conversion would be similar?
Thanks for any guidance.