Finished at last – my Old Knitted Friend

For a blanket that was about 18 years in the making, my Old Knitted Friend is really isn’t that impressive to look at! But the fact that I started this much loved blanket as a teenager, and that it’s been a part of every home I’ve had since then makes it very special to me, and I’m almost sad that I can finally say it’s finished.

This is how it looks now with its new stripey garter stitch border.

Old Knitted Friend - the patchwork blanketIt’s now as big as the Granny Stripe Beast, but for most of its life it looked more or less like this:

knitted patchwork blanket long term WIPAs you can see, the edges of the blanket were very irregular, and only got more distorted when some squares stretched. It also didn’t help that most of the squares weren’t the same size, or even really square, and that I’d used yarn varying in weight from 4 ply to chunky!

The whole blanket is pretty much an example of how not to make a knitted patchwork blanket, but the one thing that really makes me cringe is that none of the ends were darned in properly! My teenage self felt it was perfectly acceptable to knot the ends tightly and snip the yarn only 5 mm away from the knot!

KODAK Digital Still CameraSomehow though, the blanket survived with only minor repairs needed, but I still can’t bear to look at the back!

My first attempt at neatening and stabilising the edges of the blanket with a granny stripe border did not fair well. The stretched squares were still stretched and the whole thing took on an even stranger shape.

squiffy blanketSo eventually I frogged the crochet edge and rewound the yarn to use on a knitted garter stitch border, inspired by a blanket in Arne and Carlos’ Knit and Crochet Garden book. It was a great way to use up a lot of odds and ends of DK acrylic, and it was a simple enough that I could take it along to do sitting by my stall at craft fairs.

Garter stitch blanket borderI managed to work it out so that I needed to knit four strips, each the same length, to even it all out into a rectangular blanket, and it more or less worked! It was a bit tricky coaxing some of the edges back from their stretched state to more acceptable dimensions, and some of them won’t ever really lie completely flat, but I got I much better result than I expected.

Not quite flat knitted squares!As you can probably tell from the pictures, my cats love this blanket and have been merrily snagging their claws in it all their furry lives, and that’s unlikely to change now it’s completed and sitting on the back of one of our sofas.knitted patchwork blanket on sofaThis is my “modelling” sofa because it has the best light, so the Granny Stripe Beast has moved across to its new home on the less photogenic sofa!

crochet sofaSo that’s my two biggest WIPs completed! I also finally hung up my driftwood/crochet/jam jar creation, which had been lurking in the bedroom waiting for months.

Crochet, driftwood and jam jar organiserIt’s not a great picture but maybe I’ll get around to taking some better ones when I’m not so preoccupied. My brain is pretty much stuck on thoughts of babies at the moment. I’ve reached the halfway point in my pregnancy and I want to make ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Beth 🙂

17 thoughts on “Finished at last – my Old Knitted Friend

  1. lovelucie1 says:

    Love your granny stripped border. Most inspired. You were very good to undo all that other border and approach it differently. This one has really paid off. You wouldn’t know that it wasn’t part of the original plan.
    Love your drift wood hanging too. Completely unique!

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    • bamcrafts979 says:

      Thanks! I lived with the crochet border for quite a while, trying to convince myself that it did work, but it always felt wrong as well as looking awkward! I liked the colours though so at least I got to reuse them. 🙂

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  2. sewchet says:

    Such a great rescue job! Hats off to you for unravelling and starting again with the border – it works really well with the ‘rustic’ squares within! This will be the most loved of any blanket you make in the future simply because of the journey it took to get there:)

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      • sewchet says:

        I have thrown out so much of my early makes as my techniques improved and I couldn’t bear to look at my ‘mistakes’. I regret this massively now, of course, because they show how far you have come. Mum still has the pin cushion I sewed by hand for her when I was five and I will keep safe all the things my children make for when they have their own homes:)

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