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Thursday, 19 February 2004
I'm all squares!
A great charity/community project is on-going at Mason-Dixon Knitting. Kay and Ann are organizing an Afghanalong, collecting 8-inch handknit squares from all over the world to assemble into blankets for Afghanistanis. I'm sure every knitter/crocheter has some stash or remnants somewhere, why not make good use of them for people who really need them?

Back in November last year, I was busily knitting the leftovers from Jiyuan's Sweetness sweater into 3x3 garter stitch squares to make a pair of squares slippers but never got around to assembling them. The sweetness sweater turned out too big despite my re-sizing it to a child's size that it'll fit her in another few years time.

Anyway, the other night while I was knitting away on a square, the thought struck me that I could actually assemble 4 such smaller squares and whip a garter stitch border around them to make 8x8. I began sewing the squares but found that the cast off edge created a stiff and unsightly seam. So I unpicked the cast-off rows and grafted them together. Now, I'm a novice grafter and had to repeat "Ridge, valley, ridge, valley" in my head in order to get the garter stitch right. For the sides, I used a sort of mattress stitch. The final product is a bit wonky but at least there are no seams except for the picking up for the border which I've yet to do. Let's see how the squares'll turn out.

Posted by yscmama at 2:55 PM WST
Updated: Friday, 20 February 2004 1:53 PM WST

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