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« on: March 31, 2007 08:17:42 AM »

I'm knitting a blanket for my boyfriend's parents. I've already got about two feet of it knit out, but I noticed something terrible today...

It's almost a foot too thin!

The width measurements were supposed to be 5 1/2 feet. I measured the blanket at just over 4 1/2 feet. :c

So I have one of two ideas. Tell me which one you think would work better, or maybe give me some of your own ideas?

1) Take a crochet needle, some contrasting yarn, and crochet six extra inches out on each side, or

2) Buy some fabric that's at least 5 1/2 feet wide and sew the blanket onto the fabric, making it almost quilt-like.

What do you guys think?
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2007 08:22:34 AM »

I would definitely do number 1, crochet.
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007 09:41:18 AM »

I would stop 12 inches short of where you'd planned so it's an even 12" around too short.  Then I'd work a 6" wide applied border perpendicular to the edges, mitering the edges.  Or I'd pick up stitches all the way around on a couple really long circular needles and work a border that way, increasing 2st at each corner every other row.

Also, consider how the dimensions might change after blocking.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2007 10:10:07 AM »

I would stop 12 inches short of where you'd planned so it's an even 12" around too short.  Then I'd work a 6" wide applied border perpendicular to the edges, mitering the edges. 

Ooh, that's a very good idea - I was worried that the vertical edges on the side would look awkward on an otherwise horizontally striped blanket.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2007 12:32:34 PM »

Honestly, I would keep knitting the way you planned. The more you knit, the heavier the piece becomes and gravity pulls the stitches down, making the piece thinner. It should all work out fine when you've bound off and let it sit for a while.
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