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marisal
« on: August 29, 2007 07:17:23 AM »

I bought a ton of wool to make a blanket for my son. I want to make it with big squares of concentric squares. I tried knitting it straight across and end up with five balls of yarn all hanging off the back by the end. Is there an easier way to do this? Any pattern suggestions? I've found some online but they aren't exactly what I want or even close enough.
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Marisa
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sthomson
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007 07:30:22 AM »

You can knit concentric squares from the inside-out (like a shawl), but you'll need a really long needle for the last few rounds.

In other words, knit the center square in one color (back and forth), then pick up around the edges and knit the next color in the round. You'll probably have to increase two stitches at each corner.  Then switch to the next color, and so on until it's big enough.
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marisal
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007 12:18:37 PM »

would it be possible to link four of the pyschedelic squares afghan squares together at once... so quadrupuling the cast on to make a full square?
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sthomson
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007 01:45:24 PM »

You know, marisal, I've sort of been knocking around with that idea in my head - it's sort of the reverse of the solution I gave above.

A psychedelic square is the same thing as a mitered square, right? So your idea is to cast on all the border stitches, join in the round, and do a double-decrease at each corner, on alternating rounds, until you get down to 4 stitches. I can't see why that wouldn't work, although if I were you I'd try it with a much smaller swatch to see if it looks ok!

It might be less insane to just make 4 giant mitered squares and seam them together.

[the first time I wrote this, I said that it was a "martyr square", not a mitered square! I suppose "martyr" might describe the knitter who attempts to make one huge giant one!]
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marisal
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2007 07:22:13 AM »

so i've thought about it a little more. what kind of needles would you use? you would probably have to use the magic loop or some sort of fancy needle conglomeration since you would be getting soooo small in the end. so something that could do large and small in the round at the same time.
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sthomson
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2007 09:01:48 AM »

You could also switch to dpns as you get near the center.
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marisal
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2007 12:32:59 PM »

dpn's... duh!
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McFuzzy
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2007 01:42:13 PM »

You could use this pattern:
http://knittinggeek.com/gallery/2002gallery/other/blankie.htm

Just change the colors where you want.
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