During 2010, I have been knitting this year’s Mystery Blanket designed by Debbie Abrahams. Every month I receive a parcel with the yarn and pattern required to knit 5 squares (sometimes there’s even some beads or sequins in the package too). This morning, I’m patiently waiting on the arrival of my final pacakge . . . the package that contains the final pieces of the blanket!!! By the end of this month I will have completed my Beneath The Sea Blanket.
This is the first four squares that I knitted in January:
and together, the blanket looked like this:
It doesn’t look very impressive to start with, but it’s really surprising just how quickly this has grown!
At this point, I didn’t know what the theme of the Blanket was. Debbie had been given her members this clue:
— — N — — — — / — — — / — — —
From the clue and the January squares, quite a few of the members managed to guess the theme!
I just love the little Starfish!
and the layout of the blanket:
New clue this month from Debbie was:
— — N — — — H / — H — / — — —
I’ve knitted my blanket in strips, which means I cast off each square (when it’s finished) and then picked up the stitches for the next square along the cast off edge of the previous one. Some people like to knit the squares individually and then sew them all together at the end. As I am not a great fan of sewing, I prefer to knit in strips. Little tip for anyone else knitting a blanket of this type – if you knit in strips, you must cast off and thin pick up the stitches when starting a new square . . . this gives each of the squares a defined edge!!
I do like that little Angel Fish! After completing the March squares, I was over a quarter of the way through my blanket.
March clue from Debbie was:
— — N — A — H / — H — / — — A
Although it was quite obvious to most of us what the theme was by now!
and how the blanket was progressing:
Debbie confirmed the theme this month was actually:
B E N E A T H / T H E / S E A
Once the May squares were knitted, I was half way through my blanket:
Blocking squares can be a bit scary if you’ve never done it before. I find the best way to block them, is the pin them out to the size required (6×6 inches for these squares) and then spray them with water. I always give mine a good soaking and then leave for at least 24 hours to dry. Always make sure they are completely dry before unpinning them.
As you can see, a few of the squares had been knitted more than once now and the blanket was really starting to take shape:
By the end of June, the first two strips were completed, and I was able to mattress stitch both of these together . . . a very exciting moment in blanket history!
Mattress stitch is the best way to sew the strips together. There are plenty of tutorials (and videos) online showing you how to do this if you’ve never done it before.
and my beautiful blanket:
At this point, I had completed 3 strips, and after mattress stitching them together, they looked like this:
Isn’t she stunning???
These were all repeats . . . nothing new this month:
and with all the squares in place:
The September package brought another new square . . . a little shell:
September squares in place:
It really is amazing just how quickly this has all come together! It has been a very quick year!
I was able to guess that the top of the 3rd strip would be this golden zig zag square:
So I’ve knitted it on, so that I could get my first three strips sewn together:
My kitten very kindly agreed to model . . . helps give a sense of scale, don’t you think?!
So now, I’m just patiently waiting for the final piece of the puzzle to arrive!!! I only have four more squares to knit. I know what 2 of them are going to be, but the picture squares right in the centre of the blanket and also at the top of the final strip are still a mystery!! Ten months on and Debbie is still managing to keep us all guessing. I just hope this package arrives soon because the suspense is killing me!
Debbie is taking names for her next Mystery Blanket starting in January 2011. If you’re interested send her an email . . . contact details can be found on her website.