At last, here it is in all its glory!
This afternoon I completed the final mitred square on my blanket and heaved a great sigh of relief! It was a truly epic undertaking, but I think I may have created a family heirloom, to hopefully be handed down the generations!
I started the project last September and I've interrupted its progress with other items, so I couldn't really say exactly how long it took to create. The hardest part was estimating the dimensions. Having worked out the size of an individual block I planned it out on paper.
Then it was a matter of knitting each block, starting at the bottom right and working left along each row, picking up the required stitches as I went. Mitred squares really are such an easy thing to knit - once you have all your stitches on the needle it's simply a matter of decreasing two stitches in the middle of every other row! (and a very nice project to have in your lap as you watch TV as it's all done in Garter/Knit stitch!)
The multicoloured yarn is Sirdar's Crofter DK in 'Houndstooth'. I'd used it to knit a cardigan but the style never looked right on me, so unravelled it and re-used the yarn.
The cream yarn was just basic (read: cheap!) acrylic DK - picked up in a local hardware store, as and when I needed it.
Of course, I had to buy more of the Crofter (twice!) as the project grew. About halfway through, I decided I really ought to do the maths and work out how many squares per ball of wool, so that I would know how much to purchase in my final order!
So, for completeness' sake - here are some facts:
Number of squares in total: 462
Number of balls of Sirdar Crofter: 22
Number of balls of Cream DK: 9
Approximate time to complete one square: 15 minutes (which equates to 115.5 hours in total - or thereabouts!)
Of course, I still have to go back and sew in some of the ends, but I mostly managed to weave them in as I went along, so it will just be a question of snipping off the loose ends. I was toying with adding a double-crochet edging all the way around - still not decided on that. It's so light and snuggly-soft, for all its size!
In the meantime I wanted to share the finished item with you, as I've been referring to it off and on here for quite some months! (and I have to say, I'm really rather proud of it!)