Knit Bloopers: Blanket Squares

I visit alot of blogs where the F.O.s, even the W.I.Ps, are photographed beautifully.   There’s no talk of the agitation with some of these projects, you just get the awesome result.  Since this blog is really my electronic version of “Dear Diary” I’m going to start posting about every blooper associated with projects, be it yarny or not, simple or intricate.  Hopefully, they’ll accurately reflect the entirety of my crafty journey and maybe encourage newbie crafters to keep trying no matter what.

So … first up … my third blanket square for this project.  I kinda had an idea in my head of what it was supposed to look like.  In my head, it was beautiful!  I think it still can be.  I finished it last night and behold:


First I missed part of a row (Downton Abbey I blame you!!!  😛 ), but I also realised after I was done that the fabric produced became less stretchy the larger the square became.  I’m still in love with the texture but from the pic above the square moved from 10 inches across to 8 inches.  Although I tried to stretch it out, tried to kill the acrylic through blocking,  it was not happening.  Whomp, whomp!

That said, I love the texture so much,


I’m going to recalculate the number of stitches I need and from this stitch with either moss stitch or garter stitch.   That means, I have to become … dun, dun, dun … a swatcher!  😛  In the meantime, I’m going to work on something else. 😛

10 thoughts on “Knit Bloopers: Blanket Squares

  1. sam February 19, 2013 / 7:43 pm

    Please don’t discard, or unpick this. It is a beautiful pattern (‘design feature’ and all… that’s what my sister calls her ‘oops’ areas 🙂 I’m sure we could add a border to get it to the approximate size… think log cabin style. This is too pretty not to be included.

    • Nicky February 20, 2013 / 9:09 am

      Too late my friend. I’ve already started my revised square. 😛

      I really do love the texture too. Enough to make me want to knit it again, so no worries … you’ll have a square with this stitch pattern. 😀

  2. Heather February 19, 2013 / 10:59 am

    it really is a beautiful texture! I’ve been known to swatch from time to time (shh don’t tell) 😉 Good luck with it!

  3. Tanya February 18, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    what an interesting stitch! what is it?

    Even steam blocking didnt help 😦

    I definitely use my blog to have a rant about my mistakes 😀 I find people who dont frustrating

    • Nicky February 18, 2013 / 7:34 pm

      That’s why connect … we think alot alike for so many things. 😀 I find some of them frustrating too especially when I have questions about the same projects they did.

      Honestly, I could have tried hard with the blocking (like break out my home steamer instead of using the iron) but I’m going to redo it anyway to fix that error. That’s so obvious, I can’t call that a design element. LOLOL!

      The stitch is from the Knit & Purl: 250 stitches to knit edited by Erika Knight. It’s called the Loop Stitch.

  4. fibercrush February 18, 2013 / 3:43 pm

    Getting better at knitting comes from making mistakes. Hope you are able to inspire newbies to keep going. It’s good to let them know that acrylic cannot be rescued with blocking! It’s a terrible thing but it’s the way of the world. 😉

    • Nicky February 18, 2013 / 3:56 pm

      I know other people have said the same thing as you but I’ve seen people block acrylic with a home steamer or even a steam iron. Not sure if you’re on Ravelry but it’s amazing to see the transformation of the acrylic projects by the use of blocking.

      This is an awesome resource on acrylic blocking. I think in my case, the stitch pattern stopped me from being able to do that.

      • fibercrush February 18, 2013 / 4:32 pm

        Wow – I’m impressed! I had no idea acrylic could be blocked. I had only tried wet-blocking so that explains why I was unsuccessful. Next time — I’ll try steam. Thanks for the link!

        • Nicky February 18, 2013 / 7:35 pm

          Yes maam. You’re welcome. 😀 You should see some of the blocked beauties in the Yarn forum blocking thread. Some people have successfully blocked intricate lace knitting items. Awesome inspiration in that thread.

          Here’s a starting place. If you scroll through that thread you’ll find awesome examples … if you’re on Ravelry.

          • fibercrush February 19, 2013 / 10:42 am

            I’m on Ravelry and I checked out that thread. I’m amazed. Yes, I’ve made some indestructible acrylic items but I had always assumed blocking wasn’t possible. I’m a changed woman! Thanks!

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