Here is a finished picture in a blog I happened to stumble upon.
Once I saw that picture I HAD to make this. This blanket calls my name! And my social security number! I HAVE TO HAVE IT!
The pattern is found in the book "Knitting Counterpanes" by Mary Walker Phillips. ISBN 0-918804-98-1 It has pictures of each piece of this blanket on page 39, the pattern is on the preceeding pages. On page 2 there is a picture of a completed blanket.
I also have to mention the poem on the dedication page of this book. It is so sweet and has brought tears to my eyes.
The Land of Counterpane
by Robert Louis Stevenson
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.
Isn't that sweet? I hope someone marches leaden soldiers or Polly Pockets through these swirls and across my stitches someday.
I am not sure when I will start mine as I can't decide what color, and I want to make sure I buy enough yarn. I would like to knit it up on size 8s with worsted weight. I'll test it out and figure it out from there. I am planning on having my friend crochet the edge.
This is a long term project for me. I would love to share the experience with you all.