What a lovely idea to get all the family and friends attending a stork tea to crochet or knit a few squares for the new pink foot and sew it into a blanket?
The intention was pure, but the process proved less than perfect with many challenges!
As this is a really lovely idea, we would like to share a few lessons learnt and a few potholes to avoid.
Lesson number 1: Brief the participants very carefully on the requirements. Merely saying 10cm x 10cm blocks is not enough.
Lesson number 2: Place emphasis on the size of the blocks. If the requirement is 10cm by 10cm, then 10cm x 11cm is not. Be friendly, but firm about this - it will avoid many headaches. This knitted block (look at the lovely lace work!) is absolutely stunning, but is a rectangle and didn’t fit so well with the other blocks.
Lesson number 3: Blocks that curl at the sides make the task very difficult and should be avoided. If they do curl, the blocks will not lie flat in the blanket. Be sure to mention this in the brief. Here is an example.
Lesson number 4: Blocks cannot be stretched by blocking them – they need to be the correct size without forcing them into a mold. If they are not the correct size to begin with, they will only revert back to their true size.
Lesson number 5: Blocks that are knitted from the corner in diagonal rows often result in a diamond and not a square – this results in the diamond pulling the other squares where it is attached.
Lesson number 6: Crochet or knit an edge around the blanket, this flattens out the blanket. Crochet a foundation double crochet chain (UK terms) and then sew this to the blanket by hand for a flatter edge. This also provides a solid foundation to crochet any beautiful edge on.
Lesson number 7: ‘Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.‘ John Lennon. I am sure this project would have taken half the time if I crocheted it myself from the start but I manage to puzzle all the pieces together and it turned out rather pretty. Given the fact that so many family members and friends crocheted and knitted along – this blanket has a ton of sentimental value which makes it really special and worth the extra effort!