Somehow my original post was not posted in its entirety. Here is the missing paragraph.
As for how I would join your blocks: I think once the order of joining has been decided, I would join each one to the other, from the backside, with an invisible whip stitch. Then where the blocks join, on the topside, I would use the briar stitch as the final decorative topstitch, using burnt orange yarn. I would finish the outside edge with the buttonhole stitch done in the same burnt orange yarn. I think this would give the piece some harmony.
Would like to say first off that you have done such a beautiful job so far, I really can't conceive that you could mess it up, whatever you wind up doing.
I couldn't help but notice that although you have varying shades of the rusty orange throughout the blocks, you only have one block bordered in that particular hue. Is there any reason for your decision to do that? What are your main colors in the area where this will be used? Unless you don't need to limit that color, what do you think about joining all of the blocks with the rusty orange color? I think it would put some cohesiveness in the scheme of it all. What are your thoughts concerning that? Would it overwhelm what you are wanting to do?
I saw your topic and wanted to give you my input on your problem.
One of the simplest, easy, warm, and durable blankets to make, is done by knitting all of the stitches except for the first stitch on each row, which is purled.
Since your daughter specified that the blanket be warm, I would recommend that you use a 100% acrylic yarn so that it can be machine washed and dried. Blanket should be warm and fluffy.
You will need:
Traditional worsted wt. yarn
Size US10 x 32" circular needle
Cast on 160 stitches (loosely)
Row 1: Purl into 1st st., k into each st to the end of the row, turn
Row 2: repeat row 1 until the preferred length for the blanket is reached. The blanket can be square or rectangular. When the length is reached,
cast off loosely, purlwise. Do not cut the yarn. Using a size H or size I crochet hook, continue around all four sides with sc st into the
end of each row, and into each stitch of cast on and cast off. When first sc st is reached, continue around again with a simple
edging such as a scallop or shell. When the first sc st is reached, fasten off, clip yarn leaving about a six to eight-inch tale,
and with a tapestry needle, work into the blanket, and also work the starting tale into the blanket.
I hope this helps. The Traditional worsted is thicker than the Aran worsted.
Laverne (Bebe's Needles)
They look like they are from the same pattern. If so, is there a download?
I like that, solshine! Guess just about every family has one of those "sticky fingers" people somewhere in the family that you feel like strip-searching them before they leave. Haha.
In regards to your question about alpaca yarn doing ok in a lace pattern... I've found you can use most any yarn with most patterns, It all depends on the look you are after. If the yarn ply is small enough that you can use small enough needles with it to achieve a lacy texture, then go for it. If not, use the pattern you like, a larger needle, and you may get a beautiful afghan. I used a tablecloth pattern that I just loved, that was written to use a size 10 thread and a size 5 US steel hook. I liked the pattern so much that I tried it using size 80 thread, and a size 15 US steel hook. And it turned out so beautiful, that I used it for a lace panel across the whole front of the bodice of a formal wedding dress. It turned a rather plain but beautiful dress, into a showstopper. Try experimenting with the alpaca yarn and different hook sizes and a pattern you like. If you don't like it, all you've lost is a little time. And if you do like it, look at what you've gained.
ravin.sakai.designs said in the forum re: Faster Knitting, stated she had learned to knit in Japan. Hope this helps.
Guess people from the "Deep South", the "South", and the "South West" or a different breed. I also use a straw most of the time while drinking from a "Mason Jar". Sometimes if a straw isn't available, I have been known to drink straight from "the jar". So far, or maybe I've just been lucky, my lip hasn't fallen off, HaHa. I also have regular drinking glasses, nicer drinking glasses, and even some crystal glasses. But, sometimes it's nice to just RELAX, Put your feet up, Close your eyes, and let the world go by with a good ole "jar" full of sweet iced tea. Hehehe! Try it, you might just like it. Sounds like some "folks" are just a little too uptight. Relax, if you get a chance. You may not have another. And I am livin' proof, a little ole Mason jar hasn't ever hurt anybody. Relaaax.
A Mason jar is a brand of jar used to preserve food, (a canning jar). You can drink iced tea or whatever iced drink that you like from them. They make jars especially to be used as a drinking jar or mug, and they have handles on them. Maybe it's a Southern thing, but they make great everyday glasses, and you don't have to worry about them breaking. In fact, they usually seem to be unbreakable. You can use either a pint-size jar or a quart jar. Men are quart jar lovers. They hold plenty of tea. Mason was one of the first brands of jars and the name stuck, so all jars are "Mason " jars. Haha. There are several other brands on the market that are just as good. They just weren't the first. Maybe they are just starting to be used in other parts of the country or world, but they are commonly used in Bar B Q restaurants, or other all you can eat places that serve just lots of country, comfort foods. Places with a good atmosphere, good food, all the iced tea you can drink, and enjoy yourself because it's not fancy, or expensive either.
SheriSails, I like your description for holding your thread and forefinger. I was taught how to knit the English style by an Australian woman I worked with years ago. I have no sockets in either of my shoulders and severe arthritis in my hands and wrists. Therefore I had to figure out a way to continue to knit, but with much less movement of my arms and hands. The way SheriSails described in her comment sounds like the way I now have to knit. With less movement, my speed has improved. It is almost mechanical to watch. Tried to make a video to show you how I go about it, but wasn't able to keep my knitting in the video frame. All I have to work with is the camera on my pc, and that was hopeless. Hope this helps some.
Ravin, please read sherisails comment and my reply to her comment. I thought this way would be simpler since she has done such a good job of describing the method of throwing the thread, and this is how I now have to knit. Hope this is helpful.
When crocheting a large piece from yarn or thread, I like to join each block to the previous block as you crochet the last row of the current block. This makes your work always completed as far as you have worked. It makes for a very strong and serviceable project. I also enjoy making large tablecloths the same way, only using thread with a steel hook. They will machine wash and wear like iron.